Local Boxing – Boxers of Jamaican Parentage
Many of the British boxers are from Jamaican parentage including Lennox Lewis, who rose through the rankings and knocked out Donovan Ruddock to take over the number one position in the WBC rankings and eventually he was declared WBC heavyweight champion. He was the undisputed champion after defeating Evander Holyfield by unanimous decision in 1999.
Ruddock, who was born in St. Catherine Jamaica, but fought under the Canadian banner, had an impressive fight record and faced WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Mike Tyson twice.
The country has produced other world champions such as Oneil Bell, who captured the vacant IBF cruiserweight title on May 20, 2005; British-based Lloyd Honeyghan, who was WBA/WBA and IBF welterweight champion from 1986 to 1987 and WBC welterweight champion from 1988 to 1989 and Canada-based Otis Grant, who won the World Boxing Organisation middleweight title in 1997.