Lennox Lewis (birth name Lennox Claudius Lewis) was born on September 2, 1965 in London, England, UK. He is a retired professional boxer who represented Canada
in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, but fought under the British flag as a professional.
Biography and Career :
He was born in London but his parents were Jamaican and at the age of twelve they moved in Ontario, Canada. He attended Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute for high school and there he practiced a lot of sports like Canadian football, soccer and basketball.
Soon after this he realized that his favorite sport is boxing and started to practice it very well. He became, in 1983, at the age of eighteen, the world amateur junior champion. In
the next year he represented Canada at Summer Olympics in Los Angeles
and he lost in the quarter finals after a controversial decision.
After he won other amateurs titles he participated again at Summer Olympics in Seoul this time, in 1988 and there he won the gold metal after he defeated in final the future world champion Riddick Bowe by a second round technical knockout. After this he decided to become a professional boxer and moved in England.
In the beginning of his professional career he won the European heavyweight title late in 1990, added the British heavyweight title in March 1991 and the Commonwealth title in April 1992.
After he won against Donovan "Razor" Ruddock he wanted to fight against Riddick Bowe who have became the WBC champion after he won against Evander Holyfield, but Bowe refused and on January 14, 1993, the WBC declared Lewis its champion, making him the first world heavyweight titleholder from Britain in the 20th century.
After some years as an undisputed champion she defended his title on June 8, 2002 in front of Mike Tyson
and he won after a knock out. In 2003 he had to fight against Kirk Johnson but Kirk suffered an injury and instead he fought against Vitali Klitschko and he won. After this he renounced to boxing and retreated. At his retirement, Lewis' record was 41 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw, with 32 wins by knockout.
- Height: 196cm
- His nickname is The Lion.
- "My main goal was to win all the belts, and I have done that. After you win all these belts, you cannot fight all these mandatory guys. You can just fight one man at a time. So, I gave my belts out to others to give them a chance."
- "I don't believe Mike Tyson can beat me. I think he's past his prime. I'm the best in the world, and he wants to be where I'm at."
- "Hashim Rahman was going to knock me out. Hashim Rahman was going to end my career. Hashim Rahman was going to humiliate me. He needs to change his name to Has-Been Rahman now!"
- "I am the master of the sweet science. There is not one heavyweight who can match my skill."
- "I always ask myself why old heavyweights come back, but I plan to stay out of the ring. I've got a new life now, a new future, there's a lot more to Lennox Lewis than just being a boxer. I am very sure about my decision."
1983 Junior World Super Heavyweight Champion
Represented Canada as a Super Heavyweight at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Defeated Mohammad Youssuf (Pakistan) TKO 3
Lost to Tyrell Biggs (United States) points
1985 Silver Medalist at World Cup competition.
1986 Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland
1987 Super Heavyweight Silver Medalist at Pan-American Games in Indianapolis. Lost to Jorge Luis Gonzalez of Cuba in the final.
1987 Won the North American Super Heavyweight championship competition, defeating Jorge Luis Gonzalez
Won the Super Heavyweight Gold medal for Canada at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Results were:
Defeated Chrispine Odera (Kenya) TKO 2
Defeated Ulli Kaden (East Germany) TKO 1
Defeated Jasz Zarenkiewicz (Poland) forfeit
Defeated Riddick Bowe (United States) TKO 2
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