1918-07-04 (145lbs) Ted Kid Lewis nd-w pts 20 Johnny Griffiths, East Market Gardens, Akron, Ohio, USA
1918-07-04 (145lbs) Ted Kid Lewis nd-w pts 20 Johnny Griffiths, East Market Gardens, Akron, Ohio, USA. Lewis explained in his memoirs that with both men inside 145lbs and the referee unable to render a decision the only way Griffiths could land the title was by winning inside the distance. Taking it easy for the first few rounds Lewis eventually stepped up the pace to subject Griffiths to a boxing lesson, as he held back the big punches before going on to pick up the press decision.
Three eight-round no-decision fights, against Walter Mohr (nd-w pts 8 at the Ballpark, Jersey City, New Jersey on 17 August), Benny Leonard (nd-w pts 8 at Weidenmayor’s Park, Newark, New Jersey on 25 September) and Griffiths (nd-drew 8 at the Lyric Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee on 10 March 1919), saw both Lewis and his opponents scaling below 145lbs, thus putting the title at risk.