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Sunday, 1 December, 2002, 08:33 GMT
Lewis confirms comeback
Vitali Klitschko hammering Herbie Hide
Klitschko (left) beat Herbie Hide in 1999
Lennox Lewis has confirmed plans for three more fights, including a rematch with Mike Tyson and starting with Vitali Klitschko next year.

The 37-year-old Briton will definitely take on Klitschko in March, and could go on to face the Ukrainian's brother Wladimir and former champion Tyson.

"I want my fans to know that I am intending to defend my WBC title against Vitali Klitschko on 8 March 2003," said Lewis.

  Vitali Klitschko
Born: 19/7/1971
Titles: World Championship Super heavyweight silver
WBO heavyweight title 1999-2000
Record: 31 wins, one defeat
"My negotiating team has a preliminary agreement in place for that fight, as well as fights against Mike Tyson and Wladimir Klitschko in the event that I decide to continue fighting after the Vitali Klitschko fight.

"I expect the contract for the Vitali Klitschko fight will be finalised in meetings that will be scheduled during the week of 9 December."

Adrian Ogun, who handles Lewis' business affairs, told reporters in Hamburg last week that he would confirm the date and venue for the fight after finalising television details.

WBC champion Lewis has been guarded about his future since knocking out Tyson in June.

Vitali Klitschko beat veteran American Larry Donald last weekend and has won all but one of his 32 contests.

In 1999, he knocked out Britain's Herbie Hide in two rounds.

The brothers have cultivated an image of being gentlemen and have earned doctorates from a university in the Ukraine.


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