posted on Feb, 9 2004 @ 10:46 PM
Associated Press - February 9, 2004
The heavyweight champion of the world retired, and the world responded with a big yawn. Don't blame boxing, a sport that has enough problems as it is.
Blame Lennox Lewis, who wanted fans to embrace him but never gave them a chance.
At a London hotel on Friday, Lewis bid the sport goodbye, turning down a lucrative rematch with Vitali Klitschko to become the first heavyweight
champion in nearly a half-century to retire for good while still holding the title.
He brought along a pair of Violets - one his fiance, the other his mother - and spoke like a man relieved to be finally unburdened by the price of
"I just wanted to keep my life private as much as I possibly could," Lewis said.