Greetings fight fans!
One of the amazing things about being a reporter is that, on occasion, one gets to interview people you admire. Such was the for me last week when I did a telephone interview with former heavyweight champion (in my view, the last great heavyweight champ) Lennox Lewis.
The primary reason for talking to Lewis is because he, along with a St. Catharines surgeon, is receiving an award next week for charity work they do in the southern hemisphere. (That story will appear in the Standard next week.)
But it would be impossible not to interview about the former Canadian Olympic gold medalist without talking some boxing.
Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. is returning to the ring this Saturday against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in Vegas. I asked Lewis who he thinks is the favorite to win.
“Oh Mayweather, definitely Floyd,” Lewis said in an interview from Jamaica. “He is just too skilled for Guerrero.”
The expectation in the boxing press is that Guerrero won’t be ghostly at all, but will try to stay in Mayweather’s face all night, rough him up, and turn the bout into an ugly war of attrition like he did against Andre Berto. Lewis, however, believes that Guerrero won’t be able to keep pace with with the slick Mayweather, a defensive genius who has not lost in more than 40 professional fights.
“It’s like a dance,” Lewis says. “If you are going to dance with someone, you have to keep up with them. You have to dance with them. That is what Guerrero has to do, but I don’t know if he can do it.”
I will be at Shoesless Joe’s at the Fairview Mall Saturday night to watch the Mayweather vs. Geurrero fight, which is being broadcast by
Showtime. Come on to talk boxing with other fight fans and see a great fight.