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Lennox Lewis vs Henry Akinwande

Lennox Lewis vs Henry Akinwande

Date: 12th July 1997

Venue: Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, USA

Title: WBC World Heavyweight Title

Promoted by: Main Events

Tv: HBO

Lennox Lewis
( 30 - 1 - 0 )
Weight: 242 lbs

Henry Akinwande
( 32 - 0 - 1 )
Weight: 237 1/2 lbs


A crowd of only 2000 at Caesars Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada watched two-time WBC world heavyweight king Lewis defend the belt he won in a rematch with former conqueror Oliver McCall five months earlier against fellow Brit Akinwande.

Akinwande became ultra-defensive early on after tasting Lewis's strength and power and soon resorted to holding every time Lewis posed a real threat.

Referee Mills Lane disqualified Akinwande in the 5th session at 2:34 for excessive holding.

Akinwande was the former WBO titlist. He gave up his title to challenge Lewis.

Lennox Lewis vs Henry Akinwande