2001-11-17 Lennox Lewis w co 4 Hasim Rahman, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBC
2001-11-17 Lennox Lewis w co 4 Hasim Rahman, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBC. Referee: Joe Cortez. Having blasted his man to defeat in South Africa to win the title Rahman (238) was expected to do more of the same, but with Lewis (253½) well prepared this time he was unable to exact any kind of superiority, being completely outboxed while the fight lasted. The master of cutting down the distance and getting his punches off Lewis was content to outbox Hasim (or ‘Has-Been’ as Lewis continually referred to him as), and when the opportunity presented itself he took it. Having landed a solid right hand in the third that had a marked effect on the champion, it was merely a matter of time before Lewis caught up with Rahman. Sure enough, early in the fourth after the left had done its job, when another long right landed flush on the jaw Rahman crashed to the floor to be counted out at 1.29 of the round.
Lewis was awarded The Ring magazine Championship Belt at the end of the year.