Lennox Lewis vs. Henry Akinwande

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Lewis throws a right at Akinwande.

1997-07-12 : Lennox Lewis 242 lbs beat Henry Akinwande 237½ lbs by DQ at 2:34 in round 5 of 12


  • The fight was televised live on HBO.
  • There was a crowd of about 2,000 in the Caesars Tahoe ballroom.
  • Akinwande, the former WBO heavyweight champion, entered the fight as the WBC's No. 1 contender. He vacated the WBO belt to challenge Lewis for the WBC title.
  • Akinwande was disqualified in round five for excessive holding.
  • Lewis landed 87 of 174 punches, while Akinwande connected on only 30 of 107 punches.