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Lewis v Tyson

Lewis (left) in action against Tommy Morrison 1986 Tyson focuses before his fight against Buster Mathis

By Sanjeev Shetty, BBC Sport Online

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Lewis begins the road back from the McCall defeat with a fifth round knockout of Lionel Butler. More memorable than the result is Butler’s slovenly appearance, with people later speculating whether he entered the fight sober.

Lewis has two more fights in 1995 – a warm-up against the limited Justin Fortune and a high-profile clash of the contenders battle with Tommy Morrison. Lewis wins both in style and seems certain to get another title shot in 1996.

While most of the world debates the rights and wrongs of allowing a convicted rapist to box for millions of dollars, Tyson is released from jail and takes on club fighter Peter McNeeley in his first bout for four years.

The fight is farcical as McNeeley throws in the towel in next to no time, but Tyson needs three rounds to subdue Buster Mathis at the end of the year.

Did you know?
Both McNeeley and Mathis were sons of heavyweight prize-fighters with significantly better reputations.

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