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When Lennox Lewis came to Madison Square Garden

Thomas Hauser remembers the last time a British heavyweight king starred in New York
Lennox Lewis
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ANTHONY JOSHUA’S debut at Madison Square Garden brings back memories of a British invasion that took place 23 years ago.

The current Madison Square Garden is the fourth incarnation of the fabled arena. It opened its doors in 1968 and has hosted some of boxing’s most storied ring encounters including the 1971 “Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Once referred to as “The Mecca of Boxing,” MSG is no longer at the centre of the boxing universe. But fighting there is a pilgrimage that every great fighter wants to make at least once in his ring lifetime.

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