Lennox Lewis discusses sparring session he had with young Mike Tyson

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Lennox Lewis was forced to come out and defend his name after rumours arose that he was once dominated by a young Mike Tyson in a sparring session.

The rumours arose following claims from Irishman and ex-Tyson sparring partner 'Big' Joe Egan that a training session got out of hand, leading to Lewis coming off as the worse of the pair.

In response, Lewis comprehensively denied the allegations by Egan, stating that Tyson's trainer at the time Cus D'Amato was left impressed by his abilities.

"The truth is Mike and I sparred and we both gave it as good as we took," Lewis said.

"Cus stopped it at a point and said we both would meet for the world title and I was impressed that he thought I was THAT good.

"If I wasn’t there to experience the truth myself, I would be convinced by Joe that it happened also.

"Telling people what they want to hear instead of the truth seems to be the era we live in now.

"I know Joe, so you can’t imagine how disappointed I am with his comments, which aren’t grounded in any sense of reality.

"People come up to me and I always wondered where people get these crazy stories, (well) now I know!

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"Don’t take my word for it though. Ask Mike Tyson as he was there too!"

The duo eventually traded blows on a large scale in 2002, at a time when Tyson's career was on a decline while, on the other hand, Lewis was the undisputed heavyweight champion. 

It would be safe to say that both heavyweights matured at different points during their career, leaving many boxing fans to simply question what it could have been like if they both peaked at the same time.

Unfortunately for Tyson, though, he was on the comeback from a lengthy spell outside the ring and he was unable to reach the heights that he had previously been at.

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