Former championship boxer Lennox Lewis hasn’t fought professionally since 2003, but that almost wasn’t the case. In a report by Sean Wagner-McGough of CBS Sports, Lewis claimed, appearing on TSN’s Off the Record, claimed that WWE offered him millions to fight four-time WWE Champion Brock Lesnar back in 2002.
Well, that certainly would have been an interesting fight. Lesnar was enjoying his first championship reign in WWE at the time, while Lewis was probably the hottest name in boxing. Lewis claims that he was offered around £5 million, but turned down the opportunity because the terms of the fight called for him to wear gloves while Lesnar wore none.
Needless to say, pro wrestling fans like myself were robbed of a chance to watch to giants among men get in the squared circle with each other. It would have been great to see Lewis just pepper Lesnar’s face with jabs, while Lesnar actually forced the former WBC Heavyweight Champion to work on the ground and take multiple trips to Suplex City, with maybe an F5 or three mixed in.
Still, though it would have been awesome, fans will just have to accept history and save their excitement for this Sunday, when Lesnar faces current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins for the title at the Battleground pay-per-view.
Perhaps if the match is good enough, Lewis will come out of retirement and give Lesnar a match some time in the near future.
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