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Max: Defensive Lennox no fan fave now

Updated: July 5, 2003, 7:13 PM ET
By Max Kellerman | Special to ESPN.com

It was a sloppy, ugly fight marred by excessive holding. The champion came in overconfident, overweight and out of shape. The challenger came in having quit against the only true contender he had ever faced. And yet, one thing couldn't be denied on Monday morning:

There was water-cooler buzz about boxing for the first time in a long time.

No, Lennox Lewis' title defense against Vitali Klitschko was not the heavyweight equivalent of Micky Ward-Arturo Gatti, no matter what various ...

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