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I read an article about this and the author's point was that Trump had hyped up the "celebrity" version of The Apprentice but then couldn't deliver anything buy C-list celebs. As a boxing fan, I found that offensive seeing as how Lewis is probably the most important hw since Ali (not that I have any interest at all in discussing that point).
It does make me wonder, however, what the hell Lennox is doing. How desperate for attention is he to be going on the show when he as more money than Trump and has such an excellent job with HBO?
Most "important"heavyweight since Ali? How so? Define "important" for me. Was Lewis important to boxing in any sort of cultural way? I think not. Lennox couldn't even decide which "culture" he belonged to. A canadian who wished he was british, all the while going from his "british" accent to a fake-ass Jamaican accent in mid-fucking-interview.
No sir. You can say Mr. Lewis was the best heavyweight since Ali, and you may have legs to stand on. But to refer to him as the "most important" heavyweight since Ali is ludicrous. Lennox had no cultural value, nor did he have any market value. Lennox's only value lay in his ability to dominate a fading heavyweight division, barring the two devastating KO losses that he suffered in between.
I would probably reserve the title "most important heavyweight since Ali" for Mike Tyson. Tyson was the last guy since Ali to truly transcend the sport. Everyone on the face of the planet knew who Tyson was. In his prime, Tyson had the mystique of an indesctructible force who destroyed every opponent put in front of him. It was unfathomable that he should lose. Ever. The question wasn't if, only when. When he'd win. When he'd obliterate his challenger. Lennox never had such an aura about him. Ever.
Watching Tyson was an event. Watching Lennox was a chore. Figure out the difference, and you'll figure out why your statement of Lennox being the "most important heavyweight since Ali" was a flawed one.