Date: 12th July 1997
Venue: Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, USA
Title: WBC World Heavyweight Title
Promoted by: Main Events
( 30 - 1 - 0 )
Weight: 242 lbs
( 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.