View Full Version : Ted 'Kid' Lewis

08-05-2009, 01:53 AM
Next on the list (http://www.sweetboxing.com/showthread.php?t=614)... Ted 'Kid' Lewis:


Ted 'Kid' Lewis may not have been one of the most skilled fighters ever, but he was damn sure one of the roughest, toughest, and most relentless fighters of all time. He's one of the few men who defeated men from Flyweight to Heavyweight, achieving meaningful success along most of the way. Yet Lewis himself didn't weigh in past the Middleweight limit until the second to last fight of his career, aged 35 at the time. In his prime I suppose he was naturally a Welterweight, consequently the only division he held a World title in. Throughout his career he had around 300 professional fights, 42 of which were Championship bouts.

Indisputably one of the 10 greatest fighters of all time from the UK, Lewis had no fear in the size of his opponents. He actually wanted to fight Jack Dempsey for the Heavyweight Championship, but came up short in a preliminary bout with World Light Heavyweight Champion Georges Carpentier. As a tune-up for the Carpentier fight, he took on the 200+ lb Heavyweight Tom Gunner. Gunner wasn't exactly a credible Heavyweight, but the Welterweight sized Lewis still managed to knock him out in the first round. Ironically, Lewis was knocked out in the first round of his next fight with Carpentier. He took his eye off the action momentarily to talk to the ref, and Carpentier caught him flush with a lightning quick straight right hand that put him down for the count. Up until that point, no fighter had the upper hand.

Although coming up short against the very best Light Heavyweight in the world, Lewis did manage to beat Boy McCormick for the British Light Heavyweight title. McCormick had previously beaten notable Heavyweights Fireman Jim Flynn, Willie Meehan, Gunboat Smith, and hall of famer Light Heavyweight Battling Levinsky. 10 years prior to the McCormick fight, Lewis was ripping through the Featherweight division. This culminated in earning himself a couple European Featherweight titles in 1913, which were vacated by hall of famer Jim Driscoll.

While I have wrote a lot already, I have yet to mention what cements Kid's legacy more than anything else. It is none other than his epic 20 fight series with hall of famer Jack Britton, which took place over 224 rounds from 1915 to 1921 to establish World Welterweight supremacy. Going by the official records (non newspaper) Lewis won 3, lost 4, and drew 1 with no decision rendered for the remaining 12 bouts.

Articles on Lewis:


Cyber Boxing Zone on Lewis:

Lewis was one of the greatest English fighters who ever fought; He was a nonstop, all-action, relentless attacker who fought often and had a long career

The "Kid" had his first fight at age fourteen and was a Champion by age eighteen; He and Jack Britton comprised one of the greatest ring rivalries in boxing history; They fought twenty times for a total of 224 rounds and traded titles several times; During his career, Lewis won the Welterweight Championship of the World

Nat Fleischer ranked Lewis as the #4 All-Time Welterweight; Charley Rose ranked him as the #4 All-Time Welterweight; Herb Goldman ranked Ted as the #13 All-Time Welterweight; Lewis was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1964, the Jewish Hall of Fame in 1983 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992

08-05-2009, 02:00 AM
Today I have a special treat, a megaupload video file of 4 Lewis fights. The following are shown:

Johnny Basham
Boy McCormick
Tom Gummer
Georges Carpentier

Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RGE0BUIU

*All bouts can also be found on youtube

09-19-2009, 11:34 PM
Thanks on the info and the upload man. Hows the quality? Good enough to watch on TV?

09-19-2009, 11:38 PM
Thanks on the info and the upload man. Hows the quality? Good enough to watch on TV?

Yes good enough to watch on TV.

09-19-2009, 11:39 PM
Cool, I'll grab it now. Thanks man