Lewis slams Tszyu comeback
Legendary trainer Johnny Lewis has condemned any plans for a Kostya
Lewis, who threw in the towel to stop Tszyu getting hurt further by
Ricky Hatton in their IBF junior-welterweight title fight in Manchester
two years ago, is disappointed Tszyu has expressed interest in fighting
the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley or even a rematch with Ricky
``The way I see it a comeback is a big mistake,’’ Lewis said. ``I’m
certainly not interested in training him for any return fight no matter
who it’s against.
``I hope Kostya doesn’t attempt it. He has a lovely family and no need
``Among the group of fighters Kostya mentions the only one he’d have any
chance against would be De La Hoya because I think he could put fear
into Oscar with his power.
``But in saying that Oscar has still got that great jab, plenty of power
and a lot of size on Kostya.
``A rematch with Ricky Hatton would be foolish. Ricky stopped Kostya
last time and he’s probably improved 25 per cent since then. Kostya
hasn’t. He doesn’t have any improvement in him.
``Anyone with a good jab and good legs will beat Kostya now. A comeback
Lewis was speaking on his 2SM radio show.
On Friday Tszyu told Fox Sports in Sydney he still trains every day and
even though he is just a few weeks short of 38 has not put a time limit
`Any great champion, I am interested in fighting,’’ Tszyu said, ``it is
the challenge that interests me.
``The chance to fight again is still open. There is still the
``Right now my family is my main focus. I am enjoying spending time with
them and doing charity work.
``If I did fight again it would have to be something big – a big
challenge – Oscar De La Hoya, a rematch with Ricky Hatton or Shane
Mosley – a fight like this.
``The money would have to be worthwhile for me to make the sacrifices.
For six months I would be like a pregnant woman with many demands.
``It is all about the business side of things and the desire.
``It would take me four months of hard training to get ready for this
``I am training every day now and I am in shape but there is a different
to being in shape and being ready to fight a world championship bout.’’