Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, who was crowned the “Eternal World Heavyweight Champion” by the WBC, will again fight former world champion Lennox Lewis as part of the 56th WBC Congress to be held in Kyiv from September 30 to October 5, 2018. “This will be an exhibition fight, which will be held as part of a charity auction. The details of the auction and the format of the bout have not been publicized yet,” reads a report posted on the website of the official fan club of the Klitschko brothers.
A well-known fight between Klitschko and Lewis took place on June 21, 2003. A dramatic bout was stopped by the doctor after the Ukrainian boxer sustained a deep cut above his left eye. Klitschko was ahead 58-56 on the scorecards when the fight was stopped. Lewis defended his champion title thanks to that victory, a rematch was not held, and the Briton soon ended his career.
Kyiv State Administration head Vitali Klitschko has met with World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Sulaiman and assured him the WBC’s 56th Congress will be held in Kyiv at the highest level. “We expect 700 participants at the event, including stars of the world boxing, the presidents of federations from the WBC member countries, and we are preparing an interesting program with informal communication and charitable events,” Klitschko said, adding costs would be at the expense of contributions to the WBC.
According to Sulaiman, such famous boxers as Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and others will come to Kyiv.
The 56th WBC Congress will be held in Kyiv from September 30 to October 6. Klitschko two years ago was inducted into the WBC’s hall of fame. Ukrainian WBC champions also include Viktor Postol and Oleksandr Usyk (current).