posted on Jul, 1 2003 @ 12:32 AM
Associated Press - June 29, 2003
By ANNA MELNICHUK Associated Press Writer
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Vitali Klitschko, his face mostly healed after the pounding he took from Lennox Lewis a week ago, pushed again for a rematch
against the WBC heavyweight champion Sunday.
Klitschko was leading on points from all three judges when his title bout with Lewis in Los Angeles was stopped by the ring doctor in the sixth round
because of a deep cut over his left eye.
``I could see very well, and didn't know why the doctor stopped the fight,'' Klitschko complained at a news conference in the capital of his native
Ukraine. ``I will do my best to have a rematch against Lewis to cross all the T's.''
A slight bruise, covered by makeup, was the only visible evidence of Lewis' hammering. A doctor removed 60 stitches from around Klitschko's eye four
days after the bout, and said he was healing quickly and would be fit to fight in three months.
Klitschko claimed that Lewis has expressed willingness for a rematch and he expects to hear from him within two weeks.
He suggested Lewis should fight him as soon as possible because ``he's getting older and heavier, his jerks and reaction getting slower, and every day
works against him.''
``Lewis has overestimated himself, and undervalued me,'' Klitschko stressed. ``I was 100-percent ready for the fight, and I proved I'm not weaker than
Although Klitschko lost, he won over a lot of boxing fans and legitimized his claim to be a top heavyweight contender.
Klitschko was the first heavyweight from the former Soviet Union to fight for the WBC title.