1908-01-23 (142/145lbs) Harry Lewis w co 3 (12) Frank Mantell, Edgewood AC, Music Hall, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1908-01-23 (142/145lbs) Harry Lewis w co 3 (12) Frank Mantell, Edgewood AC, Music Hall, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Referee: Dave Fitzpatrick. Billed and advertised as a 12-round championship fight at 145lbs according to the Boston Post, the paper went on to say that Lewis, who had a lot of backers after his win, quickly laid claim to the 142lbs title as well. The paper also reported that despite all statements given to the press it was a good 10-1 bet that Lewis never came in as low as 142lbs against Mantell and his claim to that title should be disregarded. However, the Philadelphia Item reported that both men weighed in at 142lbs. On the statements made in the Post, Luckett Davis, who researched the subject, said: “It sounds like the sort of empty gossip that abounded in those days”. You take your pick! The opening two rounds had been scientific, but in the third Lewis put down Mantell heavily, and when the latter surprisingly got up he was immediately smashed down by a left swing to the jaw and counted out.