Lennox Claudius Lewis is a former undisputed World Heavyweight Champion boxer who was born on September 2, 1965 in West Ham, London, England. He is married to former Miss Jamaica runner-up, Violet Chang and they have a daughter, Ling and a son named London.
He started fighting as an amateur representing Canada in the Olympics. He won his only Olympic gold medal in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Afterwards, he turned professional.
In January 1993, WBC declared Lewis as the Heavyweight champion when Riddick Bowe refused to fight him. Then he successfully defended the title three times over Tony Tucker, Phil Jackson and Frank Bruno. He unfortunately lost the title to Oliver McCall in September 1994.
Lewis fought against Evander Holyfield in March 1999, but it was declared a draw match. In November 1999, Lewis and Holyfield had a rematch which made him the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World by a unanimous decision. Mike Tyson tried to take the title from Lewis in June 2002, but he failed to do so. Lewis used his powerful jabs and superior reach that gave him a TKO victory over “Iron Mike”.
After defeating Vitali Klitschko in 2003, Lewis retired from boxing to pursue other interest. He is now a commentator in HBO and appeared in the film, Johnny Was. He was also in the Apprentice 2008 and came out in the 4th place. And in 2009, he was included in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.