WBA and IBF Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield agrees to unify the Heavyweight Championship with WBC Champion Lennox Lewis in a long-awaited clash in the Big Apple. Johnson had just 35 KO's in 70 wins, instead relying on boxing skill and speed. "That is, ladies and gentlemen, a travesty," went the commentary of HBO's Jim Lampley, "an outrage, a highway robbery.". Holyfield and Lewis met in a rematch in Las Vegas in November 1999, with Lewis adjudged the winner on all three scorecards. Also following the path laid by his dad was Jimmy Lennon Jr as MC. Whatever the choice of words, Lewis was kept waiting for a defining night against a big-name American. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Of the judges, Stanley Christodolou of South Africa made Lewis the winner by three rounds and Britain's Larry O'Connell scored it a draw (just as, three months ago, the lone British judge Phil Edwards could not split Wilder and Fury). He beat the likes of Liston, Patterson, Ken Norton, Frazier and Foreman on his run as a three-time champion that included historic events such as "The Rumble in the Jungle' and 'Thrilla in Manilla'. Dempsey reigned as champion from 1919 to 1926 and gained recognition for his punching power and aggressive fighting style. When a draw would have been a fair result, Lewis got the nod... a reversal of eight months earlier. 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Not only was he a genius on the mic but his footwork and combination punching qualifies him as one of the best pugilists ever to lace up the gloves. Marciano remains the only heavyweight champion to have retired undefeated. Some said Fury had been "Lennox-ed". Back then, only the social media storm was missing. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, George Foreman named Joe Louis as his greatest heavyweight of all time, Jack Dempsey reigned as champion from 1919 to 1926, Evander Holyfield was the first fighter to ever hold cruiserweight and heavyweight world titles, Mike Tyson still sits as the youngest heavyweight champion of all time, Lennox Lewis was the last undisputed heavyweight champion, Floyd Patterson was nicknamed 'The Gentleman of Boxing', Muhammad Ali is widely recognised as the most iconic fighter of all time, Jack Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight after defeating Tommy Burns in 1908, John L Sullivan is recognised as the first gloved heavyweight champion in history, Rocky Marciano remains the only heavyweight champion to have retired undefeated, Joe Louis reigned as heavyweight champion for 13 consecutive years, to ever hold cruiserweight and heavyweight world titles, Tyson still sits as the youngest heavyweight champion of all time, As a heavyweight Lewis has completed it all, Widely recognised as the most iconic fighter of all time, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). He is also the last undisputed heavyweight champion, but an asterisk must be be applied as he did not hold the WBO belt, at the time not recognised as a major world title. The announcing of the fight as being for the "undisputed" heavyweight championship of the world conveniently omitted the fact Britain's Herbie Hide held the WBO version at the time. Just one of those rounds in his favour would have made the difference. Holyfield? the American was lucky to grab his share of the broils. Holyfield's purse was $20 million, and Lewis' was $10 million. More than that, he is widely regarded as one of the first black athletes to achieve the status of national hero in the US. Paterson, at 21, was the youngest heavyweight champ of all time until Tyson broke the record, but he also became the first man to lose the belt and then regain it. Words such as "scandal" and "atrocity" were among those used to report the plight of Lennox Lewis after he appeared to dominate his unification contest against Evander Holyfield, only for the fight, Listen: 5 Live Boxing with Costello and Bunce, Wilder v Fury - WBC 'confident' rematch will happen. She later won a libel case against Mirror Group Newspapers in the UK in relation to a report inferring she had accepted money to influence her scoring. this was massively fucked up cause it was a straight up robbery! Nov. 13 - Evander Holyfield, Las Vegas, W 12 The 2000 - More Title Defenses Lewis did lose one title defense in this decade, but otherwise, his record was spotless -- … The Brit star lost just twice, in shock upsets to Olivier McCall and Hasim Rahman, but avenged both - meaning he beat every man he shared the ring with. That doesn’t mean that Mercer was the Hall of Famer’s toughest opponent, however. Tyson still sits as the youngest heavyweight champion of all time, having battered Tervor Berbick in 1986 when he was just 20. Judge Eugenia Williams awarded Evander seven rounds, including rounds 4 & 5, which was totally ridiculous. Memories of the greatest night in the Garden's history were stirred by the appointment of Arthur Mercante Jr as referee. Williams and promoter Don King were forced to deny being involved in a fix, and such was the level of opprobrium were called to appear before a New York State Senate Committee a few days later. lennox: the untold story set for release in uk & ireland 13 november definitive story of boxing great features mike tyson, evander holyfield, george When Tyson Fury's fight against Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles in December was scored a draw, the narrative could have been lifted from Madison Square Garden in March 1999. But it's a figure Foreman idolised, not faced, who he believes is the No1. As a heavyweight Lewis has completed it all with legendary wins over Tyson, Holyfield and Vitali Klitschko. Two decades ago, American fervour for the heavyweight division was greater, in keeping with the extent of media coverage. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Such was his popularity he was the first boxer to bring in first million-dollar gate from ticket sales. On 13 March 1999, Britain's Lennox Lewis fought American Evander Holyfield at New York's Madison Square Garden. Boos greeted the announcement of the decision, underscoring the demographic of the 21,000-crowd which created an impression of Lewis being the home fighter. Patterson was nicknamed 'The Gentleman of Boxing'. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.