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Nelson Mandela and Lennox Lewis

Photograph By Reuters

British heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis showed Nelson Mandela where he took a knockout punch from Hasim Rahman in 2001 during their championship fight at Carnival City in Brakpan. "It is the nature of sport, generally, and boxing in particular, that you'll have triumphs and you'll have reversals," Mandela said to encourage Lewis, also invoking comebacks by Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali.