Former champ Lewis offers tips to Klitschko challenger

Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:17pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Bryant Jennings each had a special guest at Friday's weigh-in for their heavyweight title clash, with former champions Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis on hand.

The title holder's older brother was able to take a brief leave from his role as mayor of Kiev in war-torn Ukraine, while Lewis came to support his friend Jennings in Saturday's championship bout at Madison Square Garden.

The 39-year-old Klitschko (63-3), making his 18th title defense in a nine-year run as heavyweight champion, tipped the scales in the lobby of the Garden at 241.6 pounds.

Unbeaten American Bryant (19-0) weighed in at 226.8.

"I boxed Klitschko already and (Jennings) just wanted to know a couple of things and I showed him a couple of things," said Lewis, who retired from the ring in 2004.

"He’s a friend as well and I’m here to support him."

Lewis's official experience against a Klitschko came versus Vitali, who turned out to be the final professional opponent for the dual Canadian-British citizen.

Lewis won their 2003 bout when the fight was stopped in the sixth round due to a severe cut above the Ukrainian's left eye, though Klitschko was leading on all three judges' scorecards.   Continued...

Reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (R) of Ukraine and U.S. boxer Bryant Jennings face each other during an official weigh-in ahead of their fight in New York April 24, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz