By Sanjeev Shetty, BBC Sport OnlineAfter knocking out journeyman Phil Jackson in eight rounds, Lewis takes on top contender Oliver McCall as Tyson languishes in jail.
Although an underdog, McCall is trained by canny American Emanuel Steward. A straight right hand by McCall separates Lewis from his senses and the world title in front of his fans in London.
Within a few weeks, Lewis changes trainers, with Pepe Correa replaced by Steward. But the image of the former champion sprawled on the canvas by one right hand damages his reputation in America, where British heavyweights are always viewed with some derision.
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Lewis’ nationality has frequently been debated – he was born in England, but spent his formative years in Canada – but he has a stock answer for his detractors: "I come from my mother."