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Tuesday, November 16, 1999, updated at 10:37(GMT+8)
Sports Lewis Targets Tyson After Win

British boxer Lennox Lewis targeted Mike Tyson as his next opponent in the new millennium after becoming Britain's first undisputed world champion of the century on November 13.

It was too early and mentally draining for the Lewis camp after the historic defeat of Evander Holyfield to even contemplate a showdown with Tyson who, in any case, must get his own act back in good working order.

But the prospect of Lewis-Tyson was an inescapable conclusion following the Briton's unanimous points victory at the Thomas and Mack Center, eight long months after the Madison Square Garden draw controversy.

It emerged as the richest and most appealing fight available once the WBA and IBF warrior Holyfield had been vanfully we can get the fight made. Boy, yes I'd welcome the chance to box Tyson. I'd definitely fight him," said Lewis.

Tyson, for his part, could be fighting in Cardiff or Germany in mid-January and then has a date planned with Lewis-victim Shannon Briggs in late February.

Rising American star Michael Grant and WBO champion Vitaly Klitschko are other options now that Lewis has settled his unfinished business with Holyfield.

Lewis took the verdict clearly, thought ringside opinion made the re-match closer than the Nevada officials. Judge Jerry Roth carded 115-113, Chuck Giampa 116-112 and Bob Graham 117-111, which gave Lewis no cause for alarm.

His 6,000 supporters though were rarely in full voice as they had been in New York in March, with Holyfield raising his game and landing some solid shots on the new triple champion's features.

"This time around was different because Evander was doing different things," added Lewis. "He was trying to steal the rounds, not doing much at the beginning but more at the end." (Xinhua)

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