Hall of Fame will welcome Lewis
on December 11, 2008 by Administrator
It was announced yesterday that Lennox Lewis will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame next year. He will be the star attraction on a list of inductees which also includes Orlando Canizales, the bantamweight champion from America, and Brian Mitchell, the super-featherweight champion from South Africa.
The list also includes individuals who are being honoured posthumously, such as William Jones and Billy Smith. The boxers who are being inducted have been voted on to the list by members belonging to the Boxing Writers’ Association, as well as several individuals belonging to a panel of knowledgeable boxing historians from across the world.
Whilst the names on the list make for interesting reading, the inclusion of Lewis as the top inductee is making the headlines in the world of boxing. The legendary boxer retired five years ago with an impressive record of forty-one wins and just two losses.
Thirty-two of his victories came by knockout and his career record also contains one draw. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, which officially aims to promote awareness of the country’s numerous sporting achievements, earlier this year.
The boxer, who is now forty-three years of age, was happy to hear the news and revealed that being included in the Hall of Fame is an “accomplishment that seals” his impressive legacy. In Lewis’ opinion, it is a permanent recognition of his success in the sport and people will be able to learn about his achievements for many years to come.