History | Sep 02 2017

On This Day: Heavyweight great Lennox Lewis was born in 1965

Tris Dixon reflects on the Hall of Fame career of Lennox Lewis
Lennox Lewis
Lennox-Lewis  |  Action Images/Richard Heathcote

MIKE TYSON lay flat on his back. The one-time “Baddest Man on the Planet” had been reduced to a crumpled, bloody heap after eight one-sided rounds.

Sure, he was past his best but, as Lennox Lewis said, he was “the last heavyweight misfit left” for the Briton to defeat on his way to complete domination of the heavyweights.

Lennox had single-handedly taken over the heavyweight division and walked off into the sunset having comprehensively beaten those thought to be the best of the new breed (Michael Grant and David Tua) and having defeated the best of his era in Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

The man he missed

 

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