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Lennox Lewis was the last undisputed world heavyweight champion and is widely regarded as the greatest British boxer of all-time. He was born at Queen Mary’s Hospital, West Ham, in 1965. He grew up in Canada where he was introduced to boxing by trainer Arnie Boehm. He became a state level athlete, basketball player and gridiron footballstar, as well as a decent chess player. He boxed for Canada at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, reaching the quarter finals and won the Olympic super-heavyweight gold medal in Seoul in 1988. He turned professional in 1989, won the British, European and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, became WBC champion by default, and in 1999 beat Evander Holyfield to become undisputed world champion. In 2002 he retained his heavyweight title by knocking out Mike Tyson. He retired at the age of 38 with a record of 41 professional wins, two losses and one draw.

Gavin Evans was born in London and grew up in Cape Town. He has worked as a journalist for 30 years and is Associate Lecturer in Cultural and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London and Senior Lecturer at the London School of Journalism. He broadcasts for the BBC World Service and writes for numerous publications and websites.

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