Lennox LewisUpdated Tuesday December 4, 2012 by Kitchener Sports Association.
Lennox Lewis, a native of England, was raised in Kitchener. At Cameron Heights Collegiate he excelled in football and basketball. He was a member of the starting team that won the Ontario Basketball championship in 1983.
His interest in boxing was nurtured in local clubs. He won his class in the British Commonwealth Games in 1986, the Canadian amateur title in March 1988, and the North American championship in August 1988. His biggest win was the Olympic Gold Medal for Canada in the super heavyweight division at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. He was named to the Order of Canada in January 1989, and he was a 1989 recipient of the Harry Jerome Award given to Black Canadians for outstanding achievement.
Lewis began fighting as a Briton after returning to England when he turned professional shortly after the Olympics. Lewis won the European heavyweight title in 1990, the British heavyweight title in 1990, the Commonwealth heavyweight title in 1992, and he was named the WBC champion in 1992. He regained the WBC title in 1997 after losing it in 1994, and he captured the undisputed world heavyweight title in 1999. He regained his WBC and IBF heavyweight titles in 2001.
He was named to commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2002 New Year's Honour List. Lewis retired as the reigning heavyweight champion in February 2004 with a 41-2-1 record.