Lennox Lewis
Lennox Claudius Lewis, CM
Order of Canada
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Order of the British Empire
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 (born September 2, 1965) is a retired boxer
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 and the most recent British undisputed world heavyweight champion
Undisputed Champion
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. He holds dual British and Canadian citizenship. As an amateur he won gold representing Canada
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 at the 1988 Olympic Games
Boxing at the 1988 Summer Olympics
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 after defeating future heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe
Riddick Bowe
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 in the final.

Lewis turned professional in 1989, winning his first 21 fights. In 1992 he knocked out Donovan Ruddock
Donovan Ruddock
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 to take over the number one position in the World Boxing Council
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 (WBC) rankings and eventually be declared WBC heavyweight champion in 1993.