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Vitali Klitschko Reaction to Lennox Retiring

Feb 5, 2004  Media Report
Vitali Klitschko had mixed emotions upon hearing the announcement today in London that heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis was retiring.

“I am sad to hear that Lennox Lewis has decided to retire, but I respect him for his decision,” Klitschko, the WBC’s No. 1 ranked contender, said. “Lennox was one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time and I am very proud and honored to say that I was able to fight him. I know I had him on the ropes and almost beat him, but my cuts stopped me.

“On a personal level, I am disappointed, like the millions of boxing fans, that there will not be a rematch between Lennox and myself. I wish him all the best, however, in whatever he decides to do in the future. Lennox was a credit to the sport for many, many years and his presence will be missed.

“My goal now is to win the WBC heavyweight championship against whoever they want me to fight. The only other important thing is for me and my brother, Wladimir, to reach our goal of being heavyweight champions at the same time.’’

Wladimir Klitschko is the WBO’s No. 1 contender.
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