Lennox Lewis Biography

Lennox Lewis is a retired boxer and a former world heavyweight champion. Explore this biography to learn more about his childhood, life, achievements and timeline.

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Birthday: September 2, 1965

Nationality: American

Famous: Millionaires Boxers

Age: 54 Years, 54 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Virgo

Also Known As: Lennox Claudius Lewis

Born in: West Ham, London, England

Height: 6'5" (196 cm), 6'5" Males

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Spouse/Ex-: Violet Chang (m. 2005)

children: Landon Lewis, Ling Lewis

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education: Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute

awards: 1999 - BBC Sports Personality of the Year
1999 - BWAA Fighter of the Year
1992 - 1994 - WBC Heavyweight Champion

1997 - 2001 - WBC Heavyweight Champion
1998 - 2001 - Lineal Heavyweight Champion
1999 - 2000 - Undisputed Heavyweight Champion 1999 - 2000 - WBA Heavyweight Champion
1999 - 2001 - IBO Heavyweight Champion
1999 - 2001 - IBF Heavyweight Champion
2001 - 2002 - IBF Heavyweight Champion
2001 - 2004 - WBC Heavyweight Champion
2001 - 2004 - IBO Heavyweight Champion
2001 - 2004Lineal Heavyweight Champion
2002 - 2004 - The Ring Heavyweight Champion

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Lennon Lewis is a retired boxer, who was, once, the undisputed world heavyweight champion. He represented Canada at the 1988 Olympics, winning a gold medal. He later became the world heavy-weight champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC). He is of Jamaican descent and is known for his premeditated fighting style and his cool, confident demeanor in the ring. He is also the first Briton to win the world championship in a century and enjoys a colossal fan following in his home country. Turning professional in 1989, he won his first 21 fights. In 1992, he became the number one in the World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings and eventually the WBC heavyweight champion in 1993. Although he is retired from the sport, he tours around the world with his posse, promotes the game among boxing buffs. If you would like to learn more about this interesting sports personality, scroll further.

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Childhood & Early Life
Career & Achievements
  • By the age of 18, he realized his love for boxing and became a dominant amateur boxer by 1983 and represented Canada in the super heavyweight category at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles but lost to Tyrell Biggs, who subsequently earned the gold medal.
  • He chose not to turn professional after the Olympics and competed for four more years as an amateur, hoping for another chance to win the gold medal.
  • At the 1986 World Amateur Boxing Championship, he lost in the preliminary round to Petar Stoymenov. This did dishearten him for a couple of months, but he never gave up hope and eventually won several more titles in the following years.
  • In 1988, he travelled to Seoul, South Korea for the 1988 Summer Olympics, where he won the gold medal. He achieved what he had set out to do and his hard work paid off when he defeated Riddick Bowe.
  • After winning the Olympics gold, he turned professional in 1989 and moved to England, where he signed up with the American promoter, Main Events.
  • In the late 1990, he bagged the European heavyweight title beating Frenchman, Jean Maurice Chanet and in 1991 he won the British title against the undefeated world champion, Gary Mason.
  • In April 1992, he won the Commonwealth title against Derek Williams and by then, he was already the ‘consensus top-five heavyweights’ in the world. During this period, he defeated former WBA champion, Mike Weaver and journeymen Mike Dixon and Levi Billups.
  • On October 31, 1992, he knocked-out Canadian Donovan Ruddock, getting the number one position in the WBC world rankings.
  • On 14 December 1992, he was declared the world heavyweight champion by the WBC after Riddick Bowe refused to face Lewis and relinquished the title instead.
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  • On September 24, 1994, he lost his title to Oliver McCall at the Wembley Arena in London. In the second round, McCall coupled his blows with a powerful right hook, planting Lewis flat on his back. Following this loss, Lewis decided that he needed a better trainer, and replaced Pepe Correa with Emanuel Steward.
  • In 1997, he defeated McCall in Las Vegas and was re-crowned the WBC champion. Lewis successfully defended the title during his forthcoming fights against champions including Shannon Briggs, Henry Akinwande and Zeljko Mavrovik.
  • In 1999, he faced WBA and IBF title holder Evander Holyfield in New York City but the session was declared a draw. Controversies arose and a re-match was sanctioned eight months later, on November 13, 1999. He was then conferred the title of ‘undisputed heavyweight champion of the World’.
  • In April 2000, he successfully knocked out the towering 6 feet 8 inches Michael Grant in Madison Square Garden and the same year he knocked out South African Francois Botha and David Tua.
  • During one of the most controversial fights of his career, Lewis got into a brawl with one of his opponents, Hasim Rahman. Many speculated that the fight was scripted to promote the fight, so the truth about the episode, is still a matter of debate.
  • On June 8, 2002, he defended his title against Mike Tyson and in 2003 he fought Vitali Klitschko, the WBC world contender and champion.
  • In 2004, he announced his retirement from the sport and decided to pursue other interests including music promotion and sports management.
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  • He was awarded the C.M. (Member of the Order of Canada) on November 17, 1988.
  • In 1999, he was conferred the most prestigious sporting award in Britain, ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year’.
  • In 2008, he was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
  • In 2009, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • After he retired from boxing, he moved with his wife, Violet Chang and his four children to Miami Beach.
  • Apart from boxing, he is an avid chess player and has sponsored an after-school program for underprivileged youths.
  • Apart from the C.M. this former heavyweight champion was also awarded the M.B.E (Member of the Order of the British Empire) and the C.B.E (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to the sport of boxing.

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