Lennox Lewis vs. Tony Tucker

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Lennox Lewis throws a right at Tony Tucker

1993-05-08 : Lennox Lewis 235 lbs beat Tony Tucker 235 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

  • Unofficial AP scorecard: 117-110 Lewis
  • World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title (1st defense by Lewis)


  • The WBC staged a title eliminator between No. 1-ranked Razor Ruddock and No. 2-ranked Lennox Lewis on October 31, 1992. Lewis, a 2-1 underdog, won by a second-round knockout.
  • Before Riddick Bowe defeated Evander Holyfield to win the Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship on November 13, 1992, he signed an agreement with the WBC to make his first title defense—if he should defeat Holyfield—against the winner of the title eliminator between Lewis and Ruddock. The WBC gave Bowe and Lewis until December 13 to reach an agreement or the fight would go to a purse bid. If Bowe refused to meet Lewis, the WBC title would be awarded to Lewis.
  • Rock Newman, Bowe's manager, made two offers to Lewis. The first would have guaranteed Lewis $3 million, while giving Bowe 90% of the purse and Lewis 10%. The second offer was for Lewis to refuse the WBC title, have an interim fight in the United States for $2.5 million, and then fight Bowe for $9 million or a percentage to be negotiated. Frank Maloney, the manager of Lewis, rejected both offers and countered with his own proposal: a 75-25 percent split of the purse. Newman turned it down. Maloney later had a change of heart and agreed to the first offer, but Newman told him he was too late. Newman said a deal for Bowe to defend the title against an opponent other than Lewis was imminent.
  • On December 14, 1992, Riddick Bowe held a news conference and dumped his WBC title into a garbage can. "If Lewis wants the belt, he has to get it out of the garbage," Bowe said. The WBC then declared Lennox Lewis the new WBC heavyweight champion.
  • Lewis was the first British-born boxer to win a world heavyweight title since Bob Fitzsimmons in 1897.
  • Promoter Don King submitted the winning purse of $12.2 million. Lewis received 75% ($9,150,000) and Tucker received 25% ($3,050,000).
  • Tucker, the former IBF heavyweight champion, was ranked No. 1 by the WBC.
  • There was a crowd of about 15,000 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
  • Tucker was down in rounds three and nine.