Archive for Sunday, November 18, 2001

Lewis reclaims championship

Rahman tumbles in fourth round of heavyweight title fight

November 18, 2001

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— Lennox Lewis said it wasn't possible for him to lose a second time to Hasim Rahman, and he was right.

Lewis regained the WBC and IBF heavyweight titles on a fourth-round knockout of Rahman on Saturday night.

The end came a little past a minute into the round when Lewis landed a left-right and then a crashing right that dropped Rahman on his back. The punch was every bit as decisive as the right hand with which Rahman knocked out Lewis on April 22.

All three judges gave Lewis the first three rounds. The AP gave Lewis two of the first three. According to a CompuBox punch analysis, Lewis landed 72 of 144 punches thrown and Rahman got home with 48 of 105.

Lewis became the fourth man to regain the heavyweight championship from the fighter to whom he had lost it. The others were Floyd Patterson, Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield.

It was mostly a battle of left jabs until Lewis crashed home the hard right that won it for him at 1:29 of the fourth round.

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