Lennox Lewis sends an elegant tribute to heavyweight legend Vitali Klitschko on the anniversary of their fight, as he pays tribute to former opponents of standing up for Ukraine in the midst of war with Russia

Lennox Lewis has paid tribute to his former rival Vitali Klitschko 19 years after their heavyweight world title fight.

In June 2003, Lewis beat Klitschko in the final match of his career, stopping him on cuts in round six.

Lewis beat Klitschko, but it was not without controversy

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Lewis beat Klitschko, but it was not without controversy

The British Instagram post was classic

The British Instagram post was classic

The end of the match was controversial as the Ukrainian was ahead on the scorecards.

Lewis later decided not to pursue a rematch and withdrew, which did not help the relationship at the time.

Nearly two decades later, however, the couple has more than settled their disagreements.

Now Klitschko has a much bigger battle on his hands.

He is the current mayor of Kiev and represents Ukraine in the midst of their current war with Russia.

As a result, Lewis’ message on their match anniversary was very different this year.

Vitali Klitschko participated in military exercises back in 2021

Vitali Klitschko – Instagram

Vitali Klitschko participated in military exercises back in 2021

Lewis wrote: “Normally on June 21 I would make a match anniversary post of my match with Vitali Klitschko, but today I will simply greet him.

“He is in the biggest battle of his life, and the sacrifices he has made to serve his Ukrainian citizens are not just commendable, it is admirable.

“It takes a lot of courage to step into a boxing ring, and as fighters we know that every fight can be our last, but the courage to stand up for your country and fellow citizens that he has requires a different level of courage and love.

“So on June 21, I greet you my friend Vitali.

“May God keep you safe and bless you with peace, love and happiness. Bless.”

Klitschko responded with a comment that simply read, “Thank you.”

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