09/11/2015 02:03 EDT | Updated 09/15/2015 11:59 EDT

KO In TO: Ricoh Coliseum Title Card Match Aims To Revitalize Boxing In Canada


Lennox Lewis, the world’s undisputed heavyweight champion through much of the '90s, wants to revive boxing in Canada.

"I want to make boxing sexy again."

Lennox Lewis was born in Kitchener, Ont., but nurtured most of his professional boxing career in Britain. The now 50-year-old retired boxer says there wasn't much of an infrastructure to develop young, raw talent while growing up in Ontario. Lewis' career includes being a three-time heavyweight champion, winning gold at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, and gold at the 1988 summer Olympics.

Since retiring from the sport in 2003, Lewis has teamed up with Global Legacy Boxing, a Canadian promotion company, which aims to bring world-class boxing back to the forefront.

“Montreal has carried the flag for the rest of Canada... now, I’m coming on board because I want the rest of Canada to come on board."

One way Lewis is trying to get Canada on board is with a high-profile fight card in Toronto on Sept. 11. The match-up takes place at the Ricoh Coliseum and features Adonis Stevenson’s sixth defence of his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title against unheralded American Tommy Karpency.

Watch the video to find out more about the fight card tagged "KO in TO".

With files from the Canadian Press

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