Willie Lewis (boxer)

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Willie Lewis
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Weight(s) middleweight, Welterweight
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Reach69½″ (177cm)
Born(1884-05-21)21 May 1884
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died18 May 1949(1949-05-18) (aged 64)
New York, United States
Boxing record
Total fights134
Wins by KO40

Willie Lewis (21 May 1884 – 18 May 1949) was a professional American boxer from New York. His career spanned from 1901 to 1915. He was best known in the United States and France where In early 1910, Lewis made an unsuccessful bid at the world middleweight title losing to Billy Papke [1] and made two unsuccessful attempts at the World welterweight title, controversially drawing against World welterweight Champion Harry Lewis (no relation) twice in Paris. [2] [3] In 1913 Lewis' heavyweight hunting gun exploded, damaging his leg. [4] In 1920, Lewis was shot in an ambush attack and seriously wounded in his Cafe in New York. [5]

Lewis died of cancer 18 May 1949. [6]

Notable bouts
Loss85-22-10 Flag of France.svg Georges Carpentier PTS201912-05-22 Flag of France.svg Cirque de Paris, Paris World Middleweight title attempt against 18 year old prodigy
Draw74-11-08 Flag of the United States.svg Harry Lewis PTS251910-03-23 Flag of France.svg Cirque de Paris, ParisSecond attempt at World Welterweight Title ends in draw
Draw74-10-07 Flag of the United States.svg Harry Lewis PTS251910-02-19 Flag of France.svg Cirque de Paris, ParisAttempt at World Welterweight Title ends in draw
win68-09-07 Flag of South Africa.svg Andrew Jeptha KO3(20)1909-05-26 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Arena, Charing Cross, London Illegitimately advertised as a Welterweight World Championship by Sporting Life
win49-9-07 Flag of the United States.svg Walter StantonKO5(20)1908-05-02 Flag of France.svg Cirque de Paris, Parisillegitimately Billed as World 150lb Welterweight Title, refereed by Heavyweight World Champion Tommy Burns

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  1. "A 'Joli combat de boxi'" . Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette. 29 March 1910. Retrieved 16 February 2018 via British Newspaper Archive.
  2. "Welterweight championship" . The Sportsman. 22 February 1910. Retrieved 16 February 2018 via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. "American namesakes draw in Paris" . The Sportsman. 25 April 1910. Retrieved 16 February 2018 via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. "Serious accidents to Harry and Willie Lewis" . Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 11 December 1913. Retrieved 16 February 2018 via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. "Famous Boxer shot" . Nottingham Evening Post. 27 January 1920. Retrieved 16 February 2018 via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. Johnny, Boss (2008). "Who lies there? Boxers' Obituaries". Cyber Boxing Zone Press.

Boxing record for Willie Lewis from BoxRec