Lennox Lewis: Round by Round (1993)

Lennox Lewis: Round by Round

Recorded – April 26, 1993
Playback – May 7, 1993

Produced, Written & Presented by Jeff Hutcheson
Co-Producer – Tom Keller

Editing – Joe Ulmer
Photography – Peter McCallum – Mike Lockston – Chris Matlock
Graphics – Warren Letson

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Catch the fight fever with Lewis in profile

With Lennox Lewis’s world-title boxing bout with Tony Tucker in Las Vegas just 24 hours away, CKCO-TV salutes Kitchener’s favorite slugger tonight in the half-hour documentary Lennox Lewis: Round by Round (8:30 p.m. on 13, Cable 12).

It’s produced, written and presented by CKCO sports director Jeff Hutcheson who took a camera team to Lewis’s training camp in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The program combines a close-up profile of Lewis and interviews with friends, family and associates plus clips of the champ in action.

What quickly comes across in Hutcheson’s conversation with Lewis is that he is a remarkably poised and thoughtful young man, in charge of his life and career and determined not to let the media or his handlers control him.

He talks about choosing boxing over a team sport because “everything is dependant on you and your talents.” And he explains his decision to fight in Britain rather than North America because “I didn’t want to get lost in the (U.S.) hype.”

Lewis recalls his teenage days in the early ’80s learning the ropes at Kitchener’s police gym where coach Arnie Boehm was his coach, mentor and father figure for seven years.

The film segues into Lewis’s progression into big-time amateur athletics, winning the North American amateur title, on to Olympic gold in 1988, and his move to his birthplace, Britain, where he eventually took over the WBC title.

Hutcheson talks with Lewis’s mom, Violet, his high-school coach Roy Dahl, pal/strength coach Courtney Shand, manager Frank Maloney and trainer Jose “Pepe” Correa. What emerges in their comments is a portrait of a confident, mature and dedicated athlete. And a nice guy.

The nice guy handle is re-enforced in a comment by a dedicated British fan, in Hilton Head on holiday, who approached Lewis and reports to Hutcheson that he found him to be a gracious, obliging champion.

Bonnie Malleck – Kitchener – Waterloo Record – May 7, 1993

Courtesy of The Windsor Star, Friday, May 7, 1993