Former champ Lewis offers tips to Klitschko challenger
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...