The exhibition meeting will take place at the back end of 2018
The WBC have confirmed Britain’s former three-time heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis is set to come out of retirement for a rematch with fellow three-time champion Vitali Klitschko.
Lewis, now 52 years of age, has not fought since controversially defeating Klitschko in 2003.
Klitschko, now 46, bounced back from the loss and went on to have a glorious career, before himself retiring as a champion in 2012.
The supposed rematch was met with raised eyebrows when first reported by Ukrainian media last week, however the WBC, one of boxing’s major governing bodies, sent out a news release on Wednesday evening, confirming it will happen at their annual convention this year.
“Former WBC heavyweight champions Lennox Lewis and Vitali Klitschko will return to the ring in a high profile exhibition during the annual WBC convention,” the statement declared.
“[The convention] will be from September 30 to October 5 at the Fairmont Grand Hotel of Kiev, Ukraine.”
The first Lewis v Klitschko bout saw the Brit face one of the toughest challenges of his career.
Lennox took on the Ukrainian on two weeks’ notice after his original opponent Kirk Johnson pulled out (Klitschko was already scheduled to fight on the undercard and so stepped up to the main event).
Vitali ultimately lost the fight, but won the night. He dominated the early rounds, and was universally ahead on the scorecards, however the match was stopped due to cuts he suffered in the process.
This handed Lewis a victory that many thought he was lucky to escape with at the time.
He subsequently retired after a long, hard-fought career and opted not to take the rematch… until now.