2001-04-22 Hasim Rahman w co 5 Lennox Lewis, Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Brakpan, South Africa - IBF/WBC
2001-04-22 Hasim Rahman w co 5 Lennox Lewis, Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Brakpan, South Africa - IBF/WBC. Referee: Daniel Van De Wiele. Despite Lewis (253½) scoring well with the left hand, the warning signs were there for him early on as Rahman (238) kept low to avoid right hands and jabbed well to the body. When Lewis crashed in a terrific body shot at the end of the third it seemed as though all was well, but in the fourth Rahman picked up the pace to win the round, and at times ominously backed up the champion with rights through the middle. In the fifth, when Lewis came out firing after Rahman appeared to be having difficulty with his left eye, which was now swollen and cut, it looked as though the latter was in real trouble. However, Lewis seemed to switch off, his left held low. Inextricably, Lewis allowed the 20-1 underdog to jab him across the ring, and with his back to the ropes, a tremendous right to the jaw sent him down to be counted out on the 2.32 mark. In suffering a loss of credibility it was clear that Lewis had not been in the best of condition, either mentally or physically, and had taken Rahman far too lightly.