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The Legacy of Lennox Lewis with Emanuel Steward

“With a prime Lennox Lewis against a prime Holyfield and a prime Mike Tyson, I think Lennox would have still beaten both of them”– Emanuel Steward

Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - With his vast wealth of knowledge, experience, and an amazing track record of success, Emanuel Steward is undoubtedly one of the greatest trainers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Steward has trained and/or managed 41 World Champions, including the reigning heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko. Steward’s success with training heavyweight fighters, in particular for world championship fights, is simply impeccable. I had the opportunity to speak with Steward regarding his first hand experiences training one of the most celebrated and successful boxers he ever worked with—former undisputed world heavyweight champion, Lennox Lewis (41-2-1, 32 KOs). Steward and Lewis teamed up together 18 times during Lewis’ professional career during a stretch where he went 16-1-1 with 11 wins coming by way of knockout. Steward shared his unique perspective and personal insight into one of the greatest heavyweight champions to ever lace up the gloves, as he discussed Lewis’ career at great length. This is Part Three of an ongoing series with Emanuel that will explore past champions, historical fights, mythical match-ups, great rivalries, memorable fighters, and Steward’s own personal experiences as a world class trainer. Here is what the Hall of Fame trainer had to say:

Lennox Lewis as an Amateur and 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist:

I saw Lennox Lewis box on an amateur boxing show we had here in Michigan one time, maybe about ’82 or something. He was a skinny gangly kid. He was not that super well coordinated, but there was something about him that you could see then was different. He knew how to win fights! He may have been a little sloppy, but he did whatever he had to do to win. He was raised right here in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, which is only about three hours away from Detroit. So he would sometimes come to Michigan trying to get amateur fights back and forth when he was in the amateur program over there.

He didn’t start boxing until he was 12 years old when he came from England to join his mother, who had came ahead of him, Violet. She was living in Kitchener. So she had saved up money, but she had to leave him, when I think he was about like 10 or 11, in the orphanage when she had to come over and try to get a job. So she finally saved enough money and brought him here, and when he got here he was about 12 years. She told me when he got off the plane she could not believe how tall he had grown in the time since she had left him. From that point on she said regardless of what happened in her life, she was never going to separate from Lennox again—and that’s why you see the love that he always had for his mother, because it was very, very touching what she had to go through just to get him here after she had to leave him at a certain time. That’s also why Lennox has always been so good about going back and working with the foundations and different types of boys’ homes back in England. continue


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