In 1992, Lennox Lewis was awarded the WBC heavyweight title when Riddick Bowe refused to fight him. This forfeiture made Lewis the first world heavyweight boxing champion from Britain the 20th century. He later participated in the first modern-era WBC fight between two British athletes when he fought Frank Bruno to defend his heavyweight title.
Lewis was known for his calculated fighting style and grace. He won gold in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, bringing home Canada’s first gold medal for Super Heavyweight boxing. One of the highlights of his career came in 2002 when he defeated Mike Tyson during one of the most viewed pay-per-view professional boxing matches. Lewis retired from professional boxing in 2004.