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Boxer Lennox Lewis Defeats Tua

November 12, 2000

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ It was the David Tua Show until the bell rang. Then it was all Lennox Lewis.

A sellout crowd at Mandalay Bay came to see a brawl, but what they got was a superb tactical performance by the IBF-WBC heavyweight champion as Lewis scored a one-sided decision Saturday night.

Tua came into the ring to the sound of a conch shell being blown and the earsplitting beat of Samoan drums and to the cheers of the crowd. Then he spent the rest of the night eating a diet of left jabs and right-hand leads to the face.

The 5-foot-10 native of Western Samoa now living in New Zealand simply had no chance against the 6-5 champion from Britain.

Lewis was credited with landing 300 punches to 110 for Tua. Of the punches Lewis landed, 213 were jabs.

The crowd booed often during the fight _ lustily at the end of the 12 rounds _ but Lewis fought a very intelligent match, deciding not to turn it into a brawl and give Tua a shot at landing his vaunted left hook.

Judge Dave Moretti scored it 119-109, Chuck Giampa had it 118-110 and Jerry Roth saw it 117-111, all for the 35-year-old Lewis. The AP scored it 119-109 for Lewis.

``I’m short, but I’m big,″ Tua said before the fight.

Being short is what did him in.

Lewis’ strategy was to circle and jab and throw right-hand leads. When Tua was able to get him into a corner, Lewis either tied him up or spun out of the corner.

Tua seemed to have the best of the third round when he landed a good hook and a couple of body punches. But Lewis took complete control of the match in the fifth round. In that stanza, the 249-pound Lewis landed four or five hard right hands and several jarring jabs to the head of the 245-pound Tua.

``You can say what you want, but you have to bring it to the ring,″ Lewis said. ``I was doing all the work in the fight. If you come to war, you have to bring your whole arsenal, not just a left hook and a haircut.″

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