FORMER undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis would be happy to make a sensational return to the ring to face IBF, WBA and WBO titlist Wladimir Klitschko – but only for 100million US dollars, the biggest purse in boxing history.
Lewis, who turned 48 last month, last fought professionally over a decade ago, but told the Daily Mail he would be ready to step back into the ring with only six months of training on the condition that he is paid 100million, over double the purse that was guaranteed to Floyd Mayweather in his victory over Saul Alvarez last month.
Lewis says he was offered 50million dollars to end his retirement while he attended Klitschko’s uninspiring unanimous decision victory over Alexander Povetkin in Moscow at the weekend.
But the British fighter said would need double that to spring into action.
“That is my price tag and it is under discussion,” Lewis told the Daily Mail. “I have told them I can be ready in six months and I am in provisional training.
“I said at the time that it will take 50million to get me out of my pyjamas but now I have to consider the value of my legacy of having retired as undisputed champion. That will cost them 100million.”
Lewis had always maintained he had no interest in making a comeback since retiring after beating Klitschko’s older brother Vitali in June 2003