SAMOAN TUA GETS LESSON IN BOXING

SUVA, Fiji Islands (November 13, 2000 - Fiji's Daily Post/PINA Nius Online)---Lennox Lewis taught top ranked challenger David Tua a lesson in tactical boxing, keeping his world heavyweight crown with a 12-round decision over the outmatched Samoan.

Lewis extended his six-year unbeaten streak to 14 fights, rising to 38-1 with one draw to keep the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation titles, winning by the judge's score of 117-111, 119-109, 119-110.

Tua, a Samoan now living in New Zealand, fell to 37-2 and saw his three-year, 10-fight win streak snapped. Tua's pre-fight talk was as big as his high-standing hair and as ineffective as his performance.

"I make no excuses," Tua said. "I did the best I could. Lennox Lewis is a great champion. I just kept trying."

"It was like boxing-ology," Lewis said. "If you come to war, you have to bring the whole arsenal, not just a left hook and a haircut."

Lewis taught Tua that a well-respected left hook does no good if you never connect with it because you cannot reach your target.

"He just kept waiting around trying to land that left hook," Lewis said. "I was doing all the work. I didn't think there was much power behind his left hook. He was pretty durable and could take a punch. But he's never seen a boxer like Lennox Lewis before."

A possible big-money match up against Mike Tyson awaits 35-year-old Lewis, whose victims include the best fighters of his era except for the former undisputed world champion.

"If Tyson wants me to come and take the test, Lennox Lewis will put him to rest because Lennox Lewis is the best," Lewis said. "Right now I will take on all comers. I'm like fine wine. I get better with age."

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