WILMINGTON, Del. – Mourners, including some celebrities, have paid tribute to the late boxing promoter Butch Lewis at a memorial service in Delaware.
Lewis, who worked with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Michael and Leon Spinks, died last week of natural causes at the age of 65. A funeral service was held Monday morning at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.
Lewis is perhaps best known for promoting the 1988 Michael Spinks-Mike Tyson fight. That bout ended with a first round knockout of Spinks, who earned more than $13 million for the fight.
Lewis began his career in boxing in the 1970s and later branched out into music and entertainment.