Lewis v Ruddock
13
September

By Stevie Adams / in , , /


JIM: : NUMBER ONE AMONG MANY, RAZOR RUDDOCK ISN’T THE ONLY FIGHTER IN THE RING TONIGHT WITH A NEW TRAINER. SINCE HIS LAST APPEARANCE ON HBO, A DISAPPOINTING 10-ROUND CISION, LENNOX LEWIS FIRED FORMER TRAINER JOHN DAFENPORT AND HAS HIRED PEPE CARRERA, THE MAN WHO WAS SUGAR RAY LEONARD’S TRAINER LARRY: YES, HE IS TRYING TO IMBUE THE HABITS OF LEONARD OF BEING PATIENT, TAKING HIS SHOT WHEN IT’S THERE, NOT RUSHING THINGS. FROM THE NOISE OF THIS CROWD, THEY MAY BE STARTING TO ACCEPT LENNOX LEWIS IN BRITAIN. SO FAR, THEY REALLY DON’T SEE HIM AS BRITISH SINCE HE WON THE OLYMPICS UNDER THE CANADIAN FLAG. BUT IF HE WINS TONIGHT, HE WILL BE MORE BRITISH THAN THE QUEEN. JIM: BORN IN LONDON, REARED IN JAMAICA AND IN CANADA. WON THE 1988 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL FOR CANADA, KNOCKING OUT RIDDICK BOWE IN THE FINAL. YOU NOW A PROFESSIONAL FROM ENGLAND, LENNOX LEWIS. AND THE RING RECORD FOR THIS MAN WHO NOW ENTERS THE RING TO THE STANDING OVATION OF ENGLISH BOXING FANS, 21 CONSECUTIVE WINS FOR LEWIS. 18■ KNOCKOUTS AGAINST EVERY EXPERT, WOULD SAY, AT BEST INDIFFERENT OPPOSITION. LARRY: IN PART BECAUSE GOOD OPPOSITION DIDN’T WANT TO GET IN THE RING WITH HIM AT THIS STAGE OF HIS CAREER. JIM: ■NOW YOU HEAR THE BOOING BEGINNING TO FESTER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ARENA AS RAZOR RUDDOCK MAKES HIS ETRANCE INTO THE RING. RAZOR RUDDOCK, WHO YEARS AGO IN TORONTO, ON TAR I DON’T HAD AN AMATEUR FIGHT AGAINENNOX LEWIS WHEN LEWIS WA 15 YEARS OLD. A 3-2■■ FOR RUDDOCK AT THAT TIME. LATER, WHEN LEWIS WAS STILL AN AMATEUR AND RUDDOCK HAD TURNED PRO, THEY SPARRED WITH EACH OTHER. IN THE WORDS OF L THEY SPARRED COUNTLESS ROUNDS RUDDOCK WASN’T A SLUGGER THEN. HE WAS A BOXER. LARRY: RUDDOCK WOULD SEEM TO HAVE THE ADVANTAGE O A PUNCHER AND SOMEONE WHO’S BEEN IN WITH UGH OPPOSITION AND HAVING BEEN HIT HARD AND COME BACK HIT BUT I THINK YOUAVE TO SUSPECT SOMEBODY WHOSE CREDILITY IS BASED ON LOSING TWICE TO MIKE TYSON. JIM: 19 ROUNDS WITH TYSON. HE WAS KNOCKED DOWN FOUR TIMES. H WON THREE OF THE 19 ROUNDS AND YET OFF OF THAT, MANY OBSERVERS CALL HIM THE BEST HEAVYWEIGHT IN THE DIFRGS. THE UCROWNED CHAMPION. TALE OF THE TAPE FOR LENNOX LEWIS AND RAZOR■■ RUDDOCK. JIM: ELECTRIC ENVIRONMENT IN EARLS COURT. WE GO TO THE RING■ ANNOUNCER FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AND■■ THE INTRO DUGSS. >>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND FOR BOTH NATIONAL ANTHEM■■S. [PLAYING “O CANADA] ■ ■ [PLAYING THE BRITISH ANTHEM] ■ ANNOUNCER: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GOOD EVENIN AND WELCOME TO VIEWERS ON HBO SPORTS THROUGHOUT CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO COURT ARENA IN THE HEART OF LONDONTOWN IN ENG THIS IS THE MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING. SPONSORED BY NIGHTSTICK. FRANK MALONE FOR CHAMPIONSP ENTERPRISEAND MAIN EVENT, INN WM INCORPORATED PRESENTS THE FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT. A CONTT OF 12 THREE-MINUTE ROUNDS. THEAL ELIMINATEOR FOR THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD. AND TO DECIDE THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMSHIP OF THE COMMONWEALTH. THE OFFICIALS APPOINTED FOR THIS CONTEST BY THE WBC, THE SUPER ADVISOR IN■ CHARGE, MR. SULLIVAN, PRESIDENT OF THE WBC. THE BRITISH BOXING BOARDS OF CONTROL STEWARD IN CHARGE. THE TIME KEEPER THIS EVENING, MR. TOMMY RICE OF LONDON. THE JUDGES — ANNOUNCER: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, INTRODUCING IN THE RED CORNER. HIS RECORD READS 27 WINS, 3 LOSSES, ONE DRAW,WINS BY K.O., TORONTO,ANADA, THE NUMBERNKED BY THE WBC, DONOVAN■■ RAZOR RUDDOCK. AND IN THE BLUE CORNER WEARING THE RED TRUNKS, FROM EAST LONDON, ENGLAND. HIS RECORD READS 21 CONTESTS, 21 WINS, 18 BY K.O. THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AND EUROPEAN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, RANKED B WBC NUMBER TWO, LENNOX LEWIS. AT■ THE OFFICIAL WEIGHIN RUDDOCK SCALED 227 POURNDS. LEWIS■ 227 1/2 POUNDS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I THANK YOU. ■ LARRY: TH BIG ISSUE IS WHETHER LENNOX LEWIS CAN TAKE A PUNCH. THAT IS OFTEN THE ISSUE WHEN A FIGHTER FIGHTS HIS FIRST MAJOR FIGHT. IF THEY HAVE GOT THE RIGHT STUFF, THEY COME THROUGH IT. IF HE CAN TAKE A PUNCH, WE MAY HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL HERE. LARRY: I THINK RUDDOCK IS
OVEXCITED. ■■ GEORGE: RUDDOCK IS TRYING
TO BE AN AGGRESSOR AND HE’S
NOT ONE. ■■ GEORGE: RUDDOCK COULD BE A
CONFUSED BOXER TONIGHT. JIM: LEWIS SAYS HIS PLANS
TO STICK THE JAB,
STAY REL, ■■■■■■■ ■■ MOVE AWAY FROM THE LEFT HOOK
AND OUTBOX RUDCK. GEORGE: FLOYD PATTERSON HAS
BEEN TELLING RUDDOCKO JAB TO THEODY SO YOU CAN GET
E HOOK IN. JIM: AMONG RUDDOCK’S MANY
TECHNICAL SHORTCOMGS IN RECENT FIGHTS IS A
TENDCY TO LEGRAPH ALL
OF HIS PUNCHES. ■ LARRY: RUDDOCK GOES DOWN. A SMASHING PUNCH■■ YOCAN’T D BETTER. ■■ JIM: RAZOR RUDDOCK MAKES IT OUT OF ROUND ONE WOBBLING. ■ LARRY: HE’S COOL, HE’S CALM AND HE NEARLY COLLECTED RAZOR RUDDOCK WITH■ ONE PUNCH. LARRY: A STRAIGHT OVERHAND RIGHT. RUDDOCK HAD BEEN WAVING THE LEFT HAND MENACINGLY BUT KEEPING IT LOW. LEWIS SIZED HIM UP. HE HAD THROWN TWO WILD RIGHTS EARLIER IN■ THE ROUND NOW HE’SEALLY PUT-■ THIS■ IS HOW IT LOOKED INEAL SPEED ONCE AGAIN FROM ABVE. PERFECT RIGHT ND. RUDDOCK DOWN. JIM: HOW WILL THAT CHANGE THE FIGHT, GEORGE? GEORGE: NOT AT ALL. BECAUSE RUDDOCK■■ HAS BEEN KNOCKED DOWN IN THE EARLIER ROUNDS BEFORE. ■ JIM: RUDDOCK IN SERIOUS TROUBLE. SECOND KNOCK OF THE FIGHT AND ALREADY, LENNOX LEWIS HAS■■ EQUALED MIKE■■ TYSON’S■■ KNOCKOT OUTPUT AGAINST RAZOR RUDDOCK IN BOTH OF THEIR TITLE FIGHTS. ■■■ JIM: SECOND KNOCKDOWN OF ROUND 2. LARRY: IT’S OVER. WE HAVE A GREAT NEW HEAVYIGHT ON THE BOXING SCENE. LENNOX LEWIS MAY TURN OUT TO BE NOT ONLY THE GREATEST HEAVYWEIGHT IN BRITISH HISTORY BUT THET GHTER JIM: GEORGE, IS HE GOING TO BE WORLD? GEORGE: NOTHING CAN STOP HIM BUT HIMSELF. IF HE KEEPS HIS FEET ON THE GROUND, HE CAN BECOME A WELL-SPOKEN ■■OM A GOOD FAMILY. JIM: HE SHOWED NOT■ ONLY SPECTACULR POWER BUT PERFECT TECHNIQUE. GEORGE: HE HAD■ LEFT HOOK. JIM:


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