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Lennox Lewis - Biography, Life outside the ring

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Heavyweight boxer, born in Stratford, London, UK. He moved to Canada with his mother in 1977 and won the super-heavyweight gold for Canada in the 1988 Olympic Games. He then returned to the UK, beginning his professional career in 1989. Awarded the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title in 1993, he lost it in 1994 to Oliver McCall, but regained the title from McCall in 1997. In 1999 he drew (but was widely reckoned to have won) a unification bout with World Boxing Association champion Evander Holyfield. A rematch was called for after protests over the scoring. Lewis won the rematch but was stripped of the title by a New York court in 2000. In 2001 he lost the WBC and the International Boxing Federation heavyweight titles but regained them the same year, and successfully defended them against Mike Tyson in 2002. He retained the WBC title following a controversial match with Vitali Klitschko in 2003, and announced his retirement from professional boxing in 2004.

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