How much is Lennox Lewis worth?
|Net Worth:||$150 Million|
|Date of Birth:||September 2, 1965|
About Lennox Lewis
Lennox Lewis is one of the greatest heavyweight boxers for the last 30 years. He is one of the rare boxers in history who were able to hold and unite all heavyweight boxing titles. In his 15 years long career he faced some of the greatest boxers in history, from Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson to Vitali Klitschko.
Lennox Lewis was born in Britain and is of Jamaican descent. But, when he was 12 years old he moved with his mother to Canada. He was an athletic marvel and all-round talented athlete who excelled at football, basketball, and soccer. He even helped his AAU team in Canada win the Ontario state title. Eventually, he decided that he would prefer boxing over all the other sports and fully committed to it.
In 2020, we estimate Lennox Lewis has a net worth of $150 million dollars. Which makes him one of the richest boxers in the world.
How did Lennox Lewis get so rich?
He first started boxing when he was 13. One of the reasons for that is because his mother felt that he had some extra energy and aggression that need to be vented. She often remarked that he used to fight a lot as a kid, even with kids in the neighborhood. His talent for boxing became apparent as he grew and started to mature physically. He would grow to be 6 foot 6 inches tall and have a reach that was over 7 feet. That physical, athletic talent combined with great instincts propelled him to the highest places in amateur boxing. When he was 18 he finally won the World Amateur Boxing Champion title.
Once again, when he was 19 he would represent Canada at the Olympics but would fail to medal. He lost in the quarter-finals of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles by the eventual gold medalist. That loss pained him. Lennox Lewis knew he had it in his to be the best. That is why he rejected the many offers of turning pro and instead focused on the next Olympics. But the preparations didn’t go as planned, he lost some matches that he shouldn’t have. His coaches tried to instill more aggression in him during those years. But in Seoul, he would finally get the gold medal that he so desired. It was the first boxing gold medal at the Olympics for a Canadian in over half a century. He would turn pro soon after.
He knew the Canadian boxing world quite well and he decided that there wasn’t enough support nor infrastructure there to help him achieve his ultimate goal, becoming the heavyweight champion of the world. That’s why he moved back to the land where he was born, Britain. At the beginning of his career, he defeated a bunch of older boxers, who had a lot up ups and downs in their careers. Following those wins, he got in touch with a promotion company in the States, who got him matches against more proven, stronger competition, with references that would help him rise in the ranking and hopefully speed up his title chances.
By 1992 he would get his chance to finally fight a world champion. He boxed against Razor Ruddock. Both of them were contenders for the title, and the victor would probably get a chance to fight the WBC champion. After just two rounds Lennox Lewis destroyed Ruddock with a classic knock out. Many boxing commentators stated that it was one of the most impressive boxing matches that they had ever seen. He was supposed to box against Rowe for the title, but due to Rowe’s eccentric behavior, the title was forfeited and Lennox Lewis was declared the WBC world heavyweight champion.
He defended the title a couple of times but was upset by McCall. That unexpected loss set his career back a couple of years. He finally regained his title in 1997 in one of the most bizarre matches in history. His opponent McCall refused to box in the fourth round and began crying, begging the referee to stop. To unify all the boxing federation matches, he would face off with Holyfield. The first match would be declared a draw, even if Lennox Lewis dominated heavily. But in 1999 there would be a rematch and Lennox Lewis would be declared the undisputed world heavyweight champion. Some of his biggest paychecks for a match go beyond $5 million dollars. His fight with Tyson was one of the most anticipated matches in the history of boxing. Lennox Lewis won, and both boxers earned $17.5 million dollars, while the match itself generated revenues of over $110 million.
What makes him so successful?
The combination of size, power, and length made Lennox Lewis one of the most unstoppable boxers of all time. He was not a perfect prospect, but he was determined to achieve his goals. One of the things that he really lacked was aggression. But he managed to add enough aggression and combined with smart tactics he defeated boxing great after boxing great. Every boxing enthusiast rightly praises his jab, which was one of the most potent boxing weapons, practically unstoppable thanks to his 84-inch reach. But over time he expanded his repertoire. When we look at some of his last and most famous fights, it is evident that he transformed himself into one of the most complete heavyweight boxers in the history of the sport.
We calculate Lennox Lewis is worth $150 million dollars in 2020.
A small immigrant kid who had a lot to prove, who was teased as a child and began fighting to defend his own, would become one of the greatest boxers who ever lived. He was also a smart guy. He knew what he needed to do and what kind of support he required if he were to compete for the top spot in the world. That’s why he left Canada for the UK. He would improve along the way, win every title, from the Junior World championships to the Olympics and every single heavyweight title. He would defeat some of the greatest boxers of all time including Mike Tyson and Holyfield.