Born into humble beginnings in the East End of London, abandoned by his father and raised by a single mother, Lennox Lewis’s rise to the pinnacle of boxing, and his place as one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of the modern era, defied all odds. Tough Love: The Lennox Lewis Documentary follows Lewis on his move from native London, England to Ontario, Canada, where he began his fighting career as an amateur boxer. In a highly decorated amateur career, he fought his way to gold medal wins in both the Commonwealth and Olympic Games before starting a professional career that saw him square off against fighters like Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson en route to a reign as undisputed heavyweight champion.
Tough Love: The Lennox Lewis Documentary is a sports story of the highest order—one about redemption and forgiveness, the power of tolerance, and the strength needed to overcome obstacles. Highlighting never-before-seen footage of Lewis’ personal archives, coverage of some of the champ’s greatest fights, and extensive interviews with the man himself, the film shines light on what makes a true champion.—Jason Gutierrez
Rick Lazes has produced concerts and television shows starring Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Lenny Kravitz, BB King, and Willie Nelson. He has produced and directed films for HBO, Cinemax, and TBS. Seth Koch has produced films and documentaries concerning social and environmental justice.