In the late 1980s, Crispin Odera was the top Kenyan boxer in the Superheavyweight division. For nearly 5 years, he was the Kenyan champion. And in 1988, he won a gold medal at the 4th All Africa games. He went on to qualify for the 1988 Olympics where he faced off with Lennox Lewis in the second round. Yep, the same Lennox Lewis who later became world heavyweight champion by beating Mike Tyson. At the time, Lewis was boxing for Canada.
After the Olympics, Odera turned professional. But his professional career ended after only six bouts due to an ankle injury. He passed away in Germany in 2012. He had lived in Germany in the town of Krefeld for several years.
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