Lennox Lewis was the most dominant Heavyweight of his era. Lewis was born in London, England to Jamaican parents, then moved to Canada at the age of 12.
After winning a gold medal at the Olympics, Lewis returned to his native England and signed with promoter Frank Warren as he turned professional. Lewis had an unbeaten start to his professional career, winning the European Heavyweight Title from Jean Maurice Chanet, and the British Heavyweight Title from Gary Mason.
Lewis became the WBC’s No. 1 contender when he knocked out tough Canadian Donovan “Razor” Ruddock inside two rounds. Champion Riddick Bowe refused to fight Lewis and vacated the belt, so on 14th January, 1993 Lewis became Britain’s first World Heavyweight Champion of the 21st century.
Lewis made three successful defenses of his belt including a win in the much hyped “Battle of Britain” against Frank Bruno, where Lewis won by TKO.
Lewis lost his belt in a shocking knockout defeat at the hands of Oliver McCall, a man he would later beat by TKO in a rematch to regain the title when McCall had a mental breakdown.
Lennox then faced Evander Holyfield in a unification bout, but the fight ended in a draw despite Lennox landing 348 punches to Holyfield’s 130. The sanctioning bodies ordered a rematch, and Lewis became Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World with a Unanimous Decision victory.
Hasim Rahman handed Lewis another upset KO loss in 2001, but Lewis bounced back to knockout Rahman in the fourth round of their rematch.
Lewis finished off his career with a career defining win over Mike Tyson, and beat Vitali Klitschko via a sixth-round stoppage.
Lewis hung up his gloves having beaten every man he ever face and establishing himself as the dominant Heavyweight Champion of his generation. His career record was 41-2-1 and he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009.