Ted Lewis (Gershon Mendeloff)

Ted Lewis

Ted Lewis

World Welterweight Champion in 1915 and 1916 and from 1917 to 1919, Ted “Kid” Lewis was nicknamed the “Aldgate Sphinx.” He fought in six different divisions, at weights from 116 to 166 pounds, during his 20-year career.

Ted Lewis became England’s youngest boxing champion in October 1913, when he won the British Featherweight title at the age of 17. Just a few months later, in February 1914, he captured the European Featherweight crown.

When Ted Lewis won a 12-round decision over World Welterweight Champion Jack Britton in Boston on August 31, 1915, The Kid became the first Englishman to win a world boxing title in the United States. Lewis and the American Britton were to fight 20 times between 1915 and 1921, with Lewis losing the title to Britton in 1916, regaining it the next year, and losing it for the final time in March 1919.

Ted Lewis relinquished his claim to the British Empire and European Welterweight titles in December 1920. In June 1921, he won the British Middleweight crown, and less than four months later, the European Middleweight title. In May 1922, Lewis was stopped by Georges Carpentier for the World Light-Heavyweight championship, but in mid-June of the same year he KO’d Frankie Burns to win the Empire Middleweight title. Lewis lost the last of his European boxing crowns in November 1924.

In 1913, Ted Lewis was the first boxer to use a protective mouthpiece. It was designed for him by his dentist, Jack Marks, himself a former fighter. The mouthpiece soon became—and continues to be—standard equipment in the sport of boxing.

Born

  • October, 28, 1893
  • St George's, London

Died

  • October, 20, 1970
  • Clapham, England

Cemetery

  • East Ham Jewish Cemetery
  • East Ham London, England

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