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Description : Here we have an original HBO closed circuit poster for the Lennox Lewis vs. Oliver McCall 2 rematch contested on February 7, 1997 at the Las Vegas Hilton, Nevada USA, for the vacant WBC Heavyweight Championship.

LENNOX LEWIS was a 4-1 favourite to avenge his defeat to Oliver McCall as the two former champions battled for the WBC world heavyweight belt on February 7, 2007. In their previous meeting McCall defeated Lewis via a second round stoppage, to take the same title away from the Londoner. McCALL had a far from routine preparation for the fight. The year after losing his world title to Frank Bruno in 1995 McCall was marred with a number of arrests and charges for the Atomic Bull. He twice went into rehab on the back of being arrested for drug charges and antisocial violence.

Lewis started the fight in confident fashion. The Brit controlled the first 3 rounds with stiff left jabs and occasional hard rights to the head. McCall refused to go to his corner after the 3rd round and just walked around the ring. From there on in, the fight became extremely bizarre. McCall, although covering up well, only threw two punches in the 4th round. When the bell sounded, after being guided to the corner by the ref, the American fighter started crying profusely. Those around him were baffled as to what was going on. His corner let him go out for the 5th, perhaps because McCall had been known to cry during his ring walks, but this time the emotionally unstable McCall could only manage to throw one punch. Referee Mills Lane then waved the fight off after 55 seconds, handing Lewis, as confused as anyone, the victory. With a crowd of around 4,500 booing, McCall swiftly made his way to the dressing room, not talking to anyone.

Months later, McCall was detained in a mental hospital after his wife took out an emergency custody order against him. He was evaluated by a mental health expert, who testified at a detention hearing that McCall was mentally ill and in need of hospitalisation. Promoter Bob Arum summed the fight up after, saying: We all learned a lesson tonight. If a kid is in rehab, you dont let him into a major fight. A guy on drugs in withdrawal can do all sorts of crazy things.

Postage: 10.00 UK Special Delivery... 20.00 International.

Condition : Excellent/minor handling edge wear.
Size : 26in x 18in
Price : £85.00
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