Australian boxing trainer Johnny Lewis inducted into the IBHOF
Australia's greatest boxing trainer Johnny Lewis during the induction ceremony at the International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2017 / Pic: Facebook/Frank Goulart

Australia’s greatest trainer in boxing Johnny Lewis joins a prestigious Hall of Fame.

Johnny Lewis, 73, is known for working with several champions of the World. Among everyone, the list includes a three weight classes title holder Jeff Fenech, as well as a multi light welterweight champion, Russian-Australian Kostya Tszyu.

In 2006 Lewis was inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame. This year he is one of the elite comprising the class of 2017 at the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held on the weekend from June 8 to June 11 in Canastota, NY.

“What an honor. It’s something you never think is going to be bestowed upon someone and when it is, it’s just a wonderful feeling not only for yourself, but for your family and the guys that were responsible for that happening and they were the fighters,” commented Johnny Lewis upon receiving induction news.

Among others, the list of inductees at the IBHOF class of 2017 also included a former undisputed champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions Evander Holyfield of the US. As well, Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico who has held multiple world championships in three different weight classes.

In addition, a former five-time world champion in three weight class Johnny Tapia of the US. He has held the unified WBO and IBF super flyweight titles between 1994 to 1998, the unified WBA and WBO bantamweight titles between 1998 and 2000 and also the IBF featherweight title in 2002.

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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