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Lennox Lewis Record

Total Fights44
Title Wins5
Title Defenses13
Title-Fight KOs10
KO Wins32
KO Losses2
Lennox Lewis Record & Stats
Lennox Lewis' Record
Lennox Lewis' boxing record and career infographic

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      What is Lennox Lewis' boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 13 years and 11 months, Lennox Lewis fought 44 times with 41 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw.

      Lewis retired from professional boxing with a record of 41-2-1, which included two world-championship elevations, five world-title wins, and 13 successful title defense fights at the heavyweight weight division. He had a 72.7% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 32 of his total 44 fights being knockout wins, 10 of which were in title fights. Lewis lost twice via knockout, both of them in title fights.

      His last fight was a 6th round TKO victory over Vitali Klitschko on June 21, 2003. Lewis successfully defended the heavyweight WBC and The Ring titles in this fight.

      Some of Lewis' best fights and notable victories include wins over three Hall-of-Famers (Vitali Klitschko, Mike Tyson, and Evander Holyfield), Hasim Rahman, Michael Grant, David Tua, and Shannon Briggs.

      44Jun 21, 200337Vitali KlitschkoWin *TKO6
      43Jun 8, 200236Mike TysonWin *KO8
      42Nov 17, 200136Hasim RahmanWin *KO4
      41Apr 22, 200135Hasim RahmanLoss *KO5
      40Nov 11, 200035David TuaWin *UD
      39Jul 15, 200034Francois BothaWin *TKO2
      38Apr 29, 200034Michael GrantWin *KO2
      37Nov 13, 199934Evander HolyfieldWin *UD
      36Mar 13, 199933Evander HolyfieldDraw *SD
      35Sep 26, 199833Željko MavrovićWin *UD
      34Mar 28, 199832Shannon BriggsWin *TKO5
      33Oct 4, 199732Andrew GolotaWin *KO1
      32Jul 12, 199731Henry AkinwandeWin *DQ
      31Feb 7, 199731Oliver McCallWin *TKO5
      30May 10, 199630Ray MercerWinMD
      29Oct 7, 199530Tommy MorrisonWinTKO6
      28Jul 2, 199529Justin FortuneWinTKO4
      27May 13, 199529Lionel ButlerWinTKO5
      26Sep 24, 199429Oliver McCallLoss *TKO2
      25May 6, 199428Phil JacksonWin *TKO8
      24Oct 1, 199328Frank BrunoWin *TKO7
      23May 8, 199327Tony TuckerWin *UD
      22Oct 31, 199227Donovan RuddockWinTKO2
      21Aug 11, 199226Mike DixonWinTKO4
      20Apr 30, 199226Derek WilliamsWinTKO3
      19Feb 1, 199226Levi BillupsWinUD
      18Nov 23, 199126Tyrell BiggsWinTKO3
      17Sep 30, 199126Glenn McCroryWinKO2
      16Jul 12, 199125Mike WeaverWinKO6
      15Mar 6, 199125Gary MasonWinTKO7
      14Oct 31, 199025Jean-Maurice ChanetWinTKO6
      13Jul 11, 199024Mike AceyWinKO2
      12Jun 27, 199024Ossie OcasioWinUD
      11May 20, 199024Dan MurphyWinTKO6
      10May 9, 199024Jorge DascolaWinKO1
      9Apr 14, 199024Michael SimuweluWinTKO1
      8Mar 22, 199024Calvin JonesWinKO1
      7Jan 31, 199024Noel QuarlessWinTKO2
      6Dec 18, 198924Greg GorrellWinTKO5
      5Nov 5, 198924Melvin EppsWinDQ
      4Oct 10, 198924Steve GarberWinKO1
      3Sep 25, 198924Andrew GerrardWinTKO4
      2Jul 21, 198923Bruce JohnsonWinTKO2
      1Jun 27, 198923Al MalcolmWinKO2

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Lennox Lewis (The Lion) is a 58-year old retired British professional boxer. He was born in West Ham, London, England on September 2, 1965. He is a former heavyweight world champion. Lewis was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2009. His professional boxing career spanned more than 13 years — from 1989 to 2003.

      Lewis made his professional boxing debut against Al Malcolm at the age of 23 on June 27, 1989, defeating Malcolm via 2nd round KO. He went on to win 24 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 20 wins via stoppage.

      He got elevated as the heavyweight world WBC champion at the age of 27 after 22 professional fights, and had his first title defense fight against Tony Tucker on May 8, 1993, and won via 12 round unanimous decision.

      Lennox Lewis was a undisputed heavyweight world champion, and has won five world titles at heavyweight. He was elevated as world champion twice. For all the details about Lewis' world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Lewis had a total of two losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a heavyweight title defense bout against Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko on June 21, 2003. Lewis won the fight via 6th round TKO and defended his WBC and The Ring titles. It's been 20 years, 11 months, and 3 days since this fight.


      Lewis had a total of 18 world-title fights, which includes winning five world titles and 14 successful title defenses. He won 15 of these fights, lost two, and drew in one.

      Title Wins

      Lennox Lewis fought for heavyweight world titles in four fights and won three of these fights, two of these victories coming via way of stoppage. In total, he won five heavyweight belts. He was elevated as world champion twice, by WBC and The Ring.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Nov 17, 2001^Hasim RahmanHeavyweightWBC, IBFKO
      Nov 13, 1999+Evander HolyfieldHeavyweightWBA, IBFUD
      Feb 7, 1997Oliver McCallHeavyweightWBC*TKO
      + Became undisputed world champion
      ^ Became unified world champion
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Lennox Lewis had 16 heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won 14 of them and lost two times.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Jun 21, 2003Vitali KlitschkoHeavyweightWBC, The RingTKO
      Jun 8, 2002Mike TysonHeavyweightWBC, IBF, The RingKO
      Nov 11, 2000David TuaHeavyweightWBC, IBFUD
      Jul 15, 2000Francois BothaHeavyweightWBC, IBFTKO
      Apr 29, 2000Michael GrantHeavyweightWBC, IBFKO
      Nov 13, 1999+Evander HolyfieldHeavyweightWBCUD
      Mar 13, 1999Evander HolyfieldHeavyweightWBCSD (draw)
      Sep 26, 1998Željko MavrovićHeavyweightWBCUD
      Mar 28, 1998Shannon BriggsHeavyweightWBCTKO
      Oct 4, 1997Andrew GolotaHeavyweightWBCKO
      Jul 12, 1997Henry AkinwandeHeavyweightWBCDQ
      May 6, 1994Phil JacksonHeavyweightWBCTKO
      Oct 1, 1993Frank BrunoHeavyweightWBCTKO
      May 8, 1993Tony TuckerHeavyweightWBCUD
      + Became undisputed world champion

      Title Losses

      Lennox Lewis lost two world-title defense fights, and lost a total of three titles in these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Apr 22, 2001Hasim RahmanHeavyweightWBC, IBFKO
      Sep 24, 1994Oliver McCallHeavyweightWBCTKO


      Lewis fought a total of 44 times during his professional career, which includes 18 world-title fights at the heavyweight division. He was among the very best of his generation and put on some great performances in his fights. These nine fights are the highlight of his career.

      • May 8, 1993: Lewis gets elevated as the WBC heavyweight champion and has his first world-title fight, and successfully defends the title against Tony Tucker winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • February 7, 1997: Lewis wins the WBC heavyweight title from Oliver McCall, by beating McCall via 5th round TKO.

      • March 28, 1998: Lewis successfully defends the WBC heavyweight title against Shannon Briggs, winning the fight via 5th round TKO.

      • November 13, 1999: Lewis becomes the undisputed heavyweight world champion by defeating Evander Holyfield via 12 round unanimous decision. He now holds the WBC, WBA, and IBF heavyweight world-champion belts.

      • April 29, 2000: Lewis successfully defends the WBC and IBF heavyweight titles against Michael Grant, winning the fight via 2nd round KO.

      • November 11, 2000: Lewis successfully defends the WBC and IBF heavyweight titles against David Tua, winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • November 17, 2001: Lewis becomes a unified heavyweight world champion by beating Hasim Rahman via 4th round KO. He now holds the WBC and IBF heavyweight world-champion belts.

      • June 8, 2002: Lewis successfully defends the WBC, IBF, and The Ring heavyweight titles against Mike Tyson, winning the fight via 8th round KO.

      • June 21, 2003: Lewis successfully defends the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles against Vitali Klitschko, winning the fight via 6th round TKO.


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