Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. On our Haute 100 Miami list is Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis.
What Made Him Haute: This heavyweight champion not only defeated Evander Holyfield in 1999, but he also knocked out Mike Tyson just three years later to solidify his undisputed reign in the boxing ring. He is also a member of the 100 Black Men of London, which is a non-profit organization created to give back to the community. Last year, the Miami Beach resident was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
What Makes Him Haute Now: Lewis continues to turn his love of boxing into an even greater legacy by continuing to reach out and be a role model to the aspiring youth in the sport; his visionary dream of “international boxing academies” are beginning to take root. The first class of The Lennox Lewis Future Leeds Project began on Friday, Sept. 24th, in Leeds, United Kingdom, in what he hopes will be “a different outlet for kids in Leeds and the surrounding area.”
Academies are aimed at preparing 12- to 16-year-olds on how to make a successful transition into the professional boxing circuit (whether as a fighter or a trainer) by teaching training exercises, technical skills and coaching methods. Experienced professionals instruct on physical fitness, such as how to monitor weight and increase endurance; coach defense strategies, to develop confidence and proper positioning in the ring; and most notably, design the program to give students the means of receiving professional certification as qualified instructors.
When we caught up with Lennox, he graciously shared his own experience growing up: “Boxing really helped me out when I was young…It taught me to believe in myself and that even if you slip up, the p’s and q’s are always around you.”
Lennox is currently in Jamaica with his family and working on another boxing academy at The Montego Bay Cricket Club. Lennox highlighted “self reliance, discipline, setting goals and experience” as necessary components to achieving success in the boxing world.