Sunday, March 14, 1999 Published at 12:59 GMT
Lewis v Holyfield - what they said
Holyfield v Lewis
Many thought that Lennox Lewis was "robbed" of the world heavyweight crown but others were happy with the decision. Here's what the major players said.
"My reaction is shock and total disbelief. If I was Tony Blair I'd cut off all diplomatic relations with America.
"It's an absolute con, a tragedy and an injustice for boxing. This result has set boxing back into the dark ages."
"I lost two rounds, that's all I felt. I believe there should be an automatic rematch but I doubt if he will want to fight me again.
"I'm happy because the whole world's seen it for themselves. I know they wouldn't let me go with all three belts without some sort of funny business."
"I can't be the judge and fight at the same time. It's real simple: people around the ring are not the judges."
Promoter Don King asked everyone to respect the judges' decisions but then indicated a rematch was on the cards.
"Who am I to be second guessing the judges," said King.
"The judges were appointed by all the world's bodies and the New York State Athletic Commission. They rendered the decision; they did the best they could.
Judge Eugenia Williams, who scored the fight in Holyfield's favour, said she saw Lewis land fewer punches than the champion - something disputed by the official statistics from the fight.
"I scored by the blows that connected. I don't have the privilege of the boxing stats."
Lewis' trainer Emmanual Steward, said afterwards he was ashamed at the sport in which he has long made his living.
"Evander only won three rounds or four at the most, but nevertheless it's called a draw. This is what's killing boxing."
Despite the accusations and differing opinions about the fight, only one option now looks likely and that is a re-match within the next eight months.