Lennox Lewis

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Class of 2009
Modern Category
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World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Lennox Lewis
Alias: The Lion
Birth Name: Lennox Claudius Lewis
Born: 1965-09-02
Birthplace: West Ham, London, United Kingdom
Hometown: London, United Kingdom
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 5″   /   196cm
Reach: 84″   /   213cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainers: John Davenport, Pepe Correa, and Emanuel Steward
Manager: Frank Maloney, Adrian Ogun
Cut Man: Al Gavin
Lennox Lewis Gallery

Amateur Highlights

Lewis won Gold at the 1988 Olympics
Photo: Stan Behal/Toronto Sun
  • Record: 94-11
  • 1980 Ontario Junior Championships: Lost a 2-3 decision to Donavon Ruddock in the middleweight class
  • Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist for Canada at the 1983 Junior World Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the 1984 Canadian Amateur Championships.
  • Canadian Super Heavyweight representative at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California, USA.
    Results:
    • Defeated Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan) RSC 3
    • Lost to Tyrell Biggs (United States) 0-5
  • Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the 1985 Canadian Amateur Championships.
  • Super Heavyweight Silver Medalist for Canada at the 1985 World Cup Championships in Seoul, South Korea.
    Results:
    • Defeated Juan Antonio Diaz (Argentina) RET-1
    • Lost to Vyacheslav Jakovlev (Soviet Union) 0-5
  • Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the 1986 Canadian Amateur Championships.
  • Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist for Canada at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Canadian Super Heavyweight representative at the 1986 World Amateur Championships in Reno, Nevada, USA. Lost a 2-3 decision to Petar Stoymenov of Bulgaria in his opening round match.
  • Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the 1987 Canadian Amateur Championships.
  • Super Heavyweight Silver Medalist for Canada at the 1987 Pan-American Games in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
    Results:
  • Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist for Canada at the 1987 North American Championships in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Defeated Jorge Luis Gonzalez of Cuba by a 2-1 decision in the final.
  • Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the 1988 Canadian Amateur Championships.
  • Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist for Canada at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
    Results:

Profesional Highlights

Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield in 1999 to become the Unified World Heavyweight Champion
Photo: Al Bello/Allsport

World Titles:

  • WBC Heavyweight Champion (1992-1994, 1997-2001, 2001-2004)
  • WBA Heavyweight Champion (1999-2000)
  • IBF Heavyweight Champion (1999-2001, 2001-2002)

Minor & Regional Titles:

Record:

Notes

  • Lewis was born in England and moved to Canada at the age of 12.
  • In his early days, Lewis was known as "The Kitchener Thunderbolt," as he learned to box in Kitchener, Ontario.
  • Lewis won the Lonsdale Belt outright after successfully defending his British Heavyweight Championship against Glenn McCrory in 1991 and Derek Williams in 1992.
  • Lewis knocked out Razor Ruddock in two rounds in a WBC title eliminator on October 31, 1992.
  • Before Riddick Bowe defeated Evander Holyfield to win the Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship on November 13, 1992, he signed an agreement with the WBC to make his first title defense—if he should defeat Holyfield—against the winner of the title eliminator between Lewis and Ruddock. The WBC gave Bowe and Lewis until December 13 to reach an agreement or the fight would go to a purse bid. If Bowe refused to meet Lewis, the WBC title would be awarded to Lewis.
  • Rock Newman, Bowe's manager, made two offers to Lewis. The first would have guaranteed Lewis $3 million, while giving Bowe 90% of the purse and Lewis 10%. The second offer was for Lewis to refuse the WBC title, have an interim fight in the United States for $2.5 million, and then fight Bowe for $9 million or a percentage to be negotiated. Frank Maloney, the manager of Lewis, rejected both offers and countered with his own proposal: a 75-25 percent split of the purse. Newman turned it down. Maloney later had a change of heart and agreed to the first offer, but Newman told him he was too late. Newman said a deal for Bowe to defend the title against an opponent other than Lewis was imminent.
  • On December 14, 1992, Riddick Bowe held a news conference and dumped his WBC title into a garbage can. "If Lewis wants the belt, he has to get it out of the garbage," Bowe said. The WBC then declared Lennox Lewis the new WBC heavyweight champion.
  • Lewis was the first British-born boxer to win a world heavyweight title since Bob Fitzsimmons in 1897.
  • The Boxing Writers Association of America named Lewis Fighter of the Year for 1999.
  • Hasim Rahman's knockout of Lewis in 2001 was named Upset of the Year and Knockout of the Year by The Ring.
  • Lewis was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of The Order of The British Empire) in 1999 and the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2002.
  • The Ring named Lewis' 2002 knockout of Mike Tyson Knockout of the Year.
  • Lewis retired as World Heavyweight Champion on February 6, 2004.
  • Lewis defeated every professional opponent he faced, one of only three World Heavyweight Champions to do so, with Rocky Marciano and Ingemar Johansson being the other two. Gene Tunney and Riddick Bowe avenged their professional defeats, but Tunney had a no-contest, a draw and a number of no-decision fights against boxers he never defeated, and Bowe had a no-contest against Buster Mathis Jr., whom he never defeated.
  • Three fighters retired after being knocked out by Lewis: Andrew Gerrard, Noel Quarless and Zeljko Mavrovic.
  • Lewis recorded five first-round knockouts and 15 knockouts within three rounds.
  • From 2006 to 2010, Lewis worked as a ringside analyst for HBO.
  • Lewis was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009.
  • Lewis has appeared in a number of television shows and movies: Filmography


Preceded by:
Riddick Bowe
Vacated
WBC Heavyweight Champion
1992 Dec 14 – 1994 Sep 24
Succeeded by:
Oliver McCall
Preceded by:
Mike Tyson
Vacated
WBC Heavyweight Champion
1997 Feb 7 – 2001 Apr 22
Succeeded by:
Hasim Rahman
Preceded by:
Evander Holyfield
WBA Heavyweight Champion
1999 Nov 13 – 2000 Apr 29
Stripped
Succeeded by:
Evander Holyfield
Preceded by:
Evander Holyfield
IBF Heavyweight Champion
1999 Nov 13 – 2001 Apr 22
Succeeded by:
Hasim Rahman
Preceded by:
Brian Nielsen
Stripped
IBO Heavyweight Champion
1999 Nov 13 – 2001 Apr 22
Succeeded by:
Hasim Rahman
Preceded by:
Hasim Rahman
IBF Heavyweight Champion
2001 Nov 17 – 2002 Sep 5
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Chris Byrd
Preceded by:
Hasim Rahman
WBC Heavyweight Champion
2001 Nov 17 – 2004 Feb 6
Retired
Succeeded by:
Vitali Klitschko
Preceded by:
Hasim Rahman
IBO Heavyweight Champion
2001 Nov 17 – 2004 Feb 6
Retired
Succeeded by:
Wladimir Klitschko