In boxing you create a strategy to beat each new opponent, it's just like chess.— Lennox Lewis
The most relaxing Lennox Lewis quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
Sometimes success needs interruption to regain focus and shake off complacency.
I've got a new life now, a new future, there's a lot more to Lennox Lewis than just being a boxer.
Adversity is something that makes reaching your goals so much more rewarding than if it didn't exist.
You can't spend 110 percent on something if you don't have that same hunger and drive. I have achieved all my goals - my mission is complete.
You can consider me like fine wine. I just get better with age.
The danger of a closed mind is that it can also leave good things like love, compassion and reason on its outside.
I've found that taking shortcuts will get you to the place you don't want to be much quicker than they get u to the place u want to be.
Whatever I do, I always want to get better.
There is just one rule about boxing: never bet on the white guy.
I always ask myself why old heavyweights come back, but I plan to stay out of the ring.
I am definitely not scared of Mike Tyson.
I am at the top of the food chain and he is looking to knock me off. Mike's an arrogant imbecile. He sounds like a cartoon character.
In boxing, if you think you will lose... you're already halfway there.
I'm undisputed and there's no disputing that.
People know I was the last true champion.
The mission I set out on in the beginning - to become heavyweight champion of the world, undisputed, lineal champion - you could say that mission is complete.
The Tyson fight was like the hardest I ever trained for a fight in my entire career.
For me, there's never any bad blood - unless you do something to me.
[Wladimir] Klitschko has got the experience, so if Tyson [Fury] waits on him, Klitschko will out-box him. But if he uses his speed and reach it will be a great chance for him to win.
I think Kirk Johnson is a more exciting fighter than Chris Byrd.
A lot of people agree with me when it comes to that.
When I was fighting Tyrell Biggs, Tyson was telling me at ringside to hit him to the ribs. We always had a mutual respect for each other since we sparred those early times. We got that over with.
I have always been English, ever since I emigrated from England and since the kids in Canada beat me up at the age of twelve for having an East London Cockney accent. I thank them for the cockney taunts because the beatings turned me on to boxing. But on a serious note Canada has been kind to me.
I was very aggressive as a child. At primary school in London my attitude was 'If you don't do what I say, I'll knowk you out', and I was eventually expelled for fighting.
If the media didn't know I played chess, there'd be no angle on me at all.
[Kirk] Johnson throws some heavy punches and is a knockout fighter.
This is what people want to see. They want to see a fight, they want to see punches and they want to see action.
People are still crying out for Lennox Lewis.
They still want to see Lennox Lewis. That motivated me. I am still young. I have a couple fights left in me.
A great champion needs a background in amateur boxing, I'm convinced of that.
There you learn everything that youll need later as a pro. Someone whos got more than 400 amateur fights behind him no longer gets nervous before going into the ring and doesnt lose his nerve during a fight. You know all the boxing styles, youre prepared for anything, youve got the pedigree that you need to be a successful pro.
How can you trust a man who can talk for 5 minutes and you cant understand a sentence of it!
The fact is that Mike Tyson bit through my trousers and took a significant piece of flesh out of my thigh.
Boxing and chess are similar. Its about the choice of means. Sometimes I need a pawn, a bishop or a knight to defeat my opponent. Its about finding the best way. A good boxer has to be variable. He doesnt just need to know how to punch. He must also know how to protect himself, how to defend, how to avoid the opponents punches. Only a complete fighter can become champion.
A boxer should quit at the top, as they say.
But thats complicated. There are plenty of people in boxing who make money out off you. And they tell you that youve still got it, that its still getting better.
I am just taking the top fights out there for me.
People will get bored seeing me every day knock someone out.
I am proud to be in Los Angeles. I have a lot of fans that love me here. When you talk about the Meccas of boxing - Las Vegas, New York - now you have to talk about Los Angeles.
There are still a lot of Mike Tyson fans out there, and a lot of disbelievers in the first fight, and they want to see us fight again. I am the emperor. If he wants to fight, I am here. If he does not, I understand.
Fighters used to be afraid of the Russians, Cubans but then I'd figure them out and figure out how to beat them.
During the past twenty-three years, I have set a number of goals for myself and I’m proud to say that these goals have been achieved.
I come across famous people all the time.
It's the respect factor I appreciate. They respect me, they respect what I've achieved and the manner I've done it. It's street credibility. They know where I'm coming from, they know my reputation.
If youve got physical weaknesses, youll lose.
Nobody who gets cut easily can be a champion, however strong and talented he is. Boxers are trained to see and exploit their opponents weaknesses, they hit you on your wounds. Only the strongest survive in this sport.
Boxing isn't just about brute strength; it's about skill and outwitting your opponent.
As a boxer I took the liberty of using not only my fists, but also my head.
The fight will last as long as I allow it to last, and then I will knock him out.
There is not too much left for me to do, but I am sure there are a couple of great fights out there for me. I have basically achieved my goals. There are a few fights the public wants to see, and that is really what is left for me.
People want to see me back in the ring. I think it is more of a drag lying around on the beach.
The fight will last as long as I allow it to last.
I have been in there with all of them and there is nothing left for me to prove.
I have always said I am a five-dimensional fighter.
I am the heavyweight champion of the world, and the greatest heavyweight you have seen for a long while. With Tyson on the card, it is definitely an added bonus because Lewis-Tyson on the same card would be a great doubleheader. This is what the fans want to see.
Patience is a part of boxing. After I had missed out on the Olympic gold medal in 1984, a lot of people tried to talk me into turning professional quickly to make money. They told me that the next Olympics in Seoul would be boycotted again, that I was wasting my life, blah blah. But I still had unfinished business. I wanted the gold medal, and I got it in 88. Only then was I ready to turn professional.
You've got to understand that everything has its time.
I had wonderful years as a boxer, I achieved everything. I dont miss anything.
After about 25 fights you don't always have to keep going to the bathroom before the fight.