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Some Of Boxing’s All-Time Greats Offer Words Of Encouragement To Ronda Rousey [Tweets]

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Some of boxing’s most respected former champions are coming out in support of fallen MMA superstar Ronda Rousey, in the aftermath of her loss at the hands, and feet, of Holly Holm.

On Tuesday, Floyd Mayweather came to the defence of his longtime verbal sparring partner, Rousey, and expressed his disappointment at the “trolling” she was being subjected to online. Later, Mayweather even told FightHype that he would be willing to aid Rousey in her path to redemption by providing some boxing coaching.

“I want Ronda Rousey to hold her head up high and don’t let this discourage you. If you need help as far as with boxing, I’m here to help you”.

Mayweather, however, was not the only great boxer to offer words of encouragement and support to “Rowdy” Ronda. Three of the greatest heavyweights ever took to Twitter in order to deliver their own messages to the now former UFC bantamweight champion.

In the immediate aftermath of Rousey’s loss, Lennox Lewis tweeted….

Lewis knows all about rebounding from knockout defeats, as he suffered two painful losses at different stages in his career. In 1994, he lost his WBC crown when he was destroyed by Oliver McCall. He regained that title in 1997, however, by stopping McCall in the fifth round.

Later, he was nearly sent into the fifth dimension by a massive right-hand from Hasim Rahman, but he returned the favour with his own vaunted right fist in a rematch.

A former Lewis victim also had a message for Rousey. Mike Tyson posted a picture of he and Ronda shaking hands, underneath which he wrote “a true champ is not defined by wins”.

Tyson may never have been the same after his loss to Buster Douglas, and later prison sentence, but he did recover fragments of the world title by beating Frank Bruno and Bruce Seldon in 1996.

Though she will surely take heart from the words of the next fighter, Rousey will be hoping that she won’t have to wait as long as he did to recapture the gold.

George Foreman lost the heavyweight championship of the world to Muhammad Ali in 1974, but some 20 years later he would regain the WBA crown, along with an IBF belt, when he flattened Michael Moorer.

Aside from expressing his confidence that Rousey could once again ascend to the top of the MMA world, George reminded her of some of the great boxing champions who have been in her shoes down through the years.

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Can Rousey show the same resiliency that these men displayed in their storied careers? We shall see.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.