Feature | Aug 06 2015

Best 25 fighters of the last 25 years: Number Five

Tris Dixon lists the best 25 boxers from the past quarter of a century
Michael Grant on Lennox Lewis
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5 Lennox Lewis

LEWIS put the exclamation mark on his career with a gritty cuts win over Vitali Klitschko and a hammering of 1990s rival Mike Tyson in a megafight that came too late. His breakout win came with a two-round crushing of Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock in 1992, and the ‘90s included big wins over Tony Tucker, Frank Bruno, Ray Mercer, Andrew Golota and Holyfield. He took his eye off the ball in damaging KO losses to Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman, but rebounded to defeat both emphatically. He turned a highly dubious draw with Holyfield into a deserved win, then set about the next generation of heavyweights with one-sided triumphs over Michael Grant and David Tua.

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