Lennox Lewis factfile

1965: Born Lennox Claudius Lewis, September 2, London.

1965: Born Lennox Claudius Lewis, September 2, London.

1974: Aged nine, taken to Kitchener in Ontario, Canada.

1978: Aged 13, started boxing at Kitchener Police Club.

1982: Aged 17, spars with a boy called Mike Tyson.

1984: Represents Canada in Los Angeles Olympic Games.

1986: Wins Commonwealth Games super-heavyweight gold medal in Edinburgh.

1988: At Olympic Games in Seoul, captures gold medal, beating American Riddick Bowe in final. Returns to London to become a professional.

1989: Professional debut at Albert Hall. Knocks out Al Malcolm in second round. Five more wins follow in three different countries.

1991: Beats Gary Mason at Wembley for British and European heavyweight titles.

1992: In December, becomes WBC world heavyweight champion after Bowe throws his belt in a bin.

1993: Triumphs over Frank Bruno in Cardiff when referee stops fight in seventh round.

1994: Loses title to Oliver McCall in second round at Wembley.

1997: In February, regains title in extraordinary circumstances after fight against McCall is stopped in fifth round when his opponent appears to lose interest in the bout. In July, is involved in another bizarre bout as fellow Briton Henry Akinwande is disqualified in fifth round for repeated holding despite several warnings and points deduction by referee Mills Lane. Retains WBC title. In October, produces best performance of his career by stopping Poland's Andrew Golota in first round to retain his title in Atlantic City.

1998: After signing a £33million deal to meet WBA and IBF champion Evander Holyfield, the unification fight in Las Vegas ends in a controversial draw on April 25. Lewis claims he was robbed.

1999: November 13: Lewis wins unanimous points decision in Las Vegas, to become the undisputed heavyweight king of the world.