Widely considered to be the greatest heavyweight champion of all time, Lennox Lewis won a gold medal for Canada in super heavyweight boxing at the 1988 Olympic Games. He followed that up with an incredibly successful pro career where he was the reigning, defending, lineal, undisputed and universally recognized heavyweight champion of the world for almost twelve consecutive years. He also holds the distinction of defeating ever man he ever faced in the prize ring.
In 1988 Canada awarded him a CM – Member of the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada is the centerpiece of Canada’s honors system and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement and dedication to the community and service to the nation.
In 2002 Lewis was honored by the country of his birth, England, when Queen Elizabeth II awarded him a CBE – Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The CBE is quite a prestigious honor for a British citizen, just one rank below that of knighthood.
In 2008, Lewis was inducted into Canada ’s Sports Hall of Fame, the World Boxing Council’s Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. In June 2009, Lewis was also inducted in his first year of eligibility into the revered International Boxing Hall of Fame and in 2015, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.
Since his retirement from boxing, Lewis has worked as an expert boxing commentator on HBO sports as well as on British television. He recently started his own boxing promotional company in Toronto, Canada, Global Legacy Boxing, to find, nurture and promote Canadian boxing talent.