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Boxing: LEWIS TAKES ON QUEEN.

Byline: By MIKE WALTERS

LENNOX LEWIS is going head-to-head against the Queen with a Christmas Day address to the nation about a momentous boxing anniversary.

Lewis leads a special BBC tribute to Jack Johnson, the first black man to win the world heavyweight title 100 years ago. Facing racial prejudice, hanging out with prostitutes, driving fast cars and wedding three white women, 'The Galveston Giant' inflamed US public opinion like no other fighter, including Mike Tyson.

Former world champ Lewis said: "Muhammad Ali was my hero, and Ali's idol was Jack Johnson, so making a programme about the 100th anniversary of him winning the world heavyweight title was a labour of love for me."

*The Galveston Giant, BBC Radio 5 Live, Christmas Day, 9pm. Repeated Jan 1, 8pm.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 20, 2008
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