Date: 17th November 2001
Venue: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Title: WBC, IBF & IBO World Heavyweight Titles
Promoted by: Main Events, Don King Productions
Tv: HBO PPV
( 35 - 2 - 0 )
Weight: 236 lbs
( 38 - 2 - 1 )
Weight: 246 1/2 lbs
Heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman found himself the betting underdog for his rematch against the man he knocked out seven months earlier to win the title. Rahman's purse was $11 million for the Lennox Lewis rematch at The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and some would say he earned every dollar.
Lewis was paid $10 million and came into the ring as a 5-2 favourite.
Lewis dominated with a stinging jab that Rahman was never able to avoid. The occasional right hand would jolt the champion's head back, but, it was in the fourth round that the challenger suddenly landed a left-right combination that took Rahman's senses away from him as he crashed to the floor heavily on his back. Rahman from Baltimore tried to get up but collapsed back to the canvas as referee Joe Cortez counted him out.