Brock Lesnar was reportedly close to fighting boxing champion in 2002

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Brock Lesnar is a once in a lifetime, freak of an athlete that will probably never be replicated or replaced in the wrestling industry.

It takes a unique individual to not only be an incredible amateur wrestler, but to conquer the sports entertainment world by capturing the biggest prize available, as well as going to the UFC to become the heavyweight champion of the world – that’s something nobody else will probably ever be able to achieve.


The Beast Incarnate’s original WWE run will never be forgotten, he steamrolled through all of his opponents which was highlighted by his huge victory over The Rock at SummerSlam to become WWE Champion.


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Despite battling some of the biggest names available in the WWE and then the UFC, there was one name in the boxing world he was reportedly set to battle.

That seems to be the trend nowadays, either WWE wants to work with athletes from other organisations or mixed martial artists, such as Conor McGregor, want to try their luck inside of a boxing ring with the Notorious eyeing up a super fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Something of that nature could have happened around 15 years ago, if rumours from Sportskeeda are to be believed.

They’re claiming that Lesnar could have faced off against former heavyweight champion, Lennox Lewis.


They’re claiming that it was Lewis who approached Vince McMahon with the idea of having a cross-promotional match and apparently, Vince was very interested in making the match happen as he wanted to bring new eyeballs to the product.

That’s still the aim today with other athletes coming in – such as Ronda Rousey a couple of years ago at WrestleMania and they’re trying to do the same with Shaquille O’Neal on April 2.

As we know, nothing of that sort happened and Lesnar went on to leave the company a few years later after a successful run.

The same source is claiming that the reason for the proposed bout falling through is because Lewis was demanding several provisional rules for the fight, such as no takedowns below the waist and Vince eventually soured on the idea, before scrapping it altogether.

Who knows how that that would have resulted, but it’s clear that even those outside of the business clearly see a lot of value in Lesnar that they wanted to work with him.

Lesnar probably won’t mind too much, though, as it might have paid a lot, but his Hall of Fame-worthy career has turned out just fine.

Would you have liked to see a 2002 Brock Lesnar face off against Lennox Lewis? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.

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