Feature | Mar 25 2019

In the long shadow of Lennox Lewis

Chris Walker tracks down Lamon Brewster, Chris Byrd, John Ruiz and Jameel McCline to discover what life was like trailing after a heavyweight great in Lennox Lewis
Lennox Lewis
Lennox Lewis bt Ray Mercer 10/5/96 Madison Square Garden  |  Action Images/Nick Potts

This feature was originally published in Boxing News magazine

THEY were champions but not rulers. Pretty but hardly beautiful. A few spare coins but by no means wealthy. This was a posse of men chasing ‘The Man’, trading titles and triumphs, but failing to budge Lennox Lewis from the top of the tree. The Briton’s WBC strap was his symbol of domination, but other trinkets, those he had left by the wayside, pushed the door of opportunity ajar.

The most powerful man in all the land following his conquering of Evander Holyfield in the final heavyweight battle of the 20th century, Lewis ruled with relative ease – a later-avenged blip against Hasim Rahman in 2001 forming the notable exception – until exiting with dignity following an almighty struggle with Vitali Klitschko two years later.