Saturday, April 19, 2014

John Henry Lewis....Remembered

By Peter Silkov

John Henry Lewis was a very talented boxer with a knockout punch, who won the World Light heavyweight title in 1935 with a point’s victory over Bob Olin on October 31, 1935. Lewis was a busy champion, defending his title five times and fighting in numerous non-title fights, many against full heavyweights. However, behind the success this talented boxer had a dark secret, he was losing his eyesight.
On January 25, 1939 John Henry stepped into the ring with World Heavyweight champion Joe Louis, to contest the 'Brown Bombers' Heavyweight crown, and was knocked out in the 1st round. Lewis’s poor eyesight was now common knowledge in boxing circles, and he retired from boxing a few months after the Louis fight, still the World Light-heavyweight champion, and with a final record of 103(64koes)-8-5.

Copyright © 2014 The Boxing Glove, Inc. Peter Silkov Art. All Rights Reserved. Peter Silkov contributes to www.theboxingglove.com and www.theboxingtribune.com




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