1917-07-04 (145lbs) Ted Kid Lewis nd-l pts 15 Johnny Griffiths, Grosvenor Park, Akron, Ohio, USA
1917-07-04 (145lbs) Ted Kid Lewis nd-l pts 15 Johnny Griffiths, Grosvenor Park, Akron, Ohio, USA. Referee: Walter Kelley. In his memoirs, Lewis gives no hint of this one involving the title, but elsewhere, including the Akron Beacon Journal, the fight has been shown as being part of the championship at 145lbs. The paper went on to say that had a decision been given, Griffiths would have surely been crowned champion, having won six rounds to Lewis’ four with five considered even. There was little infighting, with Lewis strangely unable to get started despite landing several hard smashes to the head, and Griffiths was the aggressor from the opening bell, his snappy left hand always being in evidence.
Following Griffiths came three over the weight affairs for Lewis before he came up against Albert Badoud, the European 147lbs champion, in a ten-round no-decision contest at the St Nicholas Arena, Manhattan, NYC, New York on 31 August. Billed for the title regardless of the fact that Badoud scaled 151lbs ringside, Lewis (144) knocked the Swiss out inside one round. It was no surprise that Lewis’ manager claimed the European title for his man immediately afterwards.
On 4 February 1918, with both men inside 145lbs, Lewis risked his crown against Johnny Tillman (nd-drew 6 at the Olympia AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and the latter’s showing was so good that he earned himself a title shot over the championship distance a short while later.