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Lennox Lewis vs. Lionel Butler

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Subscribe to the KNOCKOUT TV http://bit.ly/1sgPpSN Lennox Lewis vs. Lionel Butler was a professional boxing match contested on May 13, 1995. The fight was a WBC "eliminator" bout with the winner scheduled to become the number one contender for the WBC heavyweight title.Lennox Lewis' previous fight had been a WBC heavyweight title defense against Oliver McCall. The then-undefeated Lewis entered the fight as an overwhelming favorite over the little-known McCall, however, McCall would stun the champion and the boxing world after landing a quick right hand that dropped Lewis. Lewis was able to get back up, but was wobbly and the referee called off the bout 31 seconds into the second round, giving McCall the upset victory and the WBC heavyweight title. Lewis attempted to quickly get a rematch and offered McCall $10 million to accept, but McCall refused and instead moved on to make the first defense against the aging Larry Holmes.[1] Forced to go down the comeback trail, Lewis was matched up with the WBC's number two heavyweight Lionel Butler to determine who would be next in line for a title shot.[2] Butler had turned around his career, going from a journeyman loser with a records of 6–10–1 in his first 17, to a bona fide heavyweight contender after stringing together 16 consecutive knockout victories (though one was rescinded after Butler failed a post-fight drug test) to bring his record up to 22–10–1. This was also Lewis' first fight with legendary trainer Emanuel Steward in his corner. Steward had previously been the head trainer of Don King-promoted fighters Oliver McCall (then the WBC heavyweight champion) and Julio César Chávez (then the WBC light welterweight champion), but Steward opted to leave both fighters, as well as the chance to train boxing's most popular fighter, Mike Tyson, in order to train Lewis.[3] The Lewis–Butler bout was part of a doubleheader boxing event that also included Michael Moorer, who like Lewis, had lost a heavyweight title in his previous match, dropping the WBA and IBF versions of the title to George Foreman the previous year. Initially, Moorer was set to face Tim Puller, but a broken hand forced Puller to pull out of the fight. Instead Moorer faced the then-up-and-coming prospect Melvin Foster.[4] Moorer would defeat Foster by a lopsided 10-round unanimous decision with three scores of 99–91 (nine rounds to one).