History | Feb 07 2018

On This Day: Oliver McCall suffers mental breakdown during rematch with Lennox Lewis

"If a kid is in rehab, you don’t let him into a major fight. A guy on drugs in withdrawal can do all sorts of crazy things," said Bob Arum after Lennox Lewis vs Oliver McCall II. Matt Horan tells the story
Lennox Lewis
lennox lewis vs oliver mccall  |  Action Images/Nick Potts

1. LENNOX LEWIS was a 4-1 favourite to avenge his defeat to Oliver McCall as the two former champions battled for the WBC world heavyweight belt on February 7, 1997. In their previous meeting McCall defeated Lewis via a second round stoppage, to take the same title away from the Londoner.

2. LEWIS was to earn around $2 million for the fight, which took place in the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, whilst McCall was offered a hefty sum of $3 million.

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