1917-09-03 (145lbs) Ted Kid Lewis nd-drew 10 Soldier Bartfield, Queensberry AC, Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
1917-09-03 (145lbs) Ted Kid Lewis nd-drew 10 Soldier Bartfield, Queensberry AC, Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA. According to Lewis (145) the first five rounds were his by a fair margin, and in the fifth Bartfield (144½) was dropped by a cracking right to the jaw. Up again quickly, Bartfield took the fight to Lewis, slinging in punches from all angles right through to final bell.
So good was the action that the pair were matched again, eight days later, at the Airdome AC, Rochester, New York on 11 September. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported that if Bartfield could find the punch the title could well change hands, which was not quite true, as Bartfield came in at 146lbs ringside. This time round Lewis (145½) was far too good for his rival, winning the ten-round no-decision in the eyes of the press after finding Bartfield’s face time and again with the left jab.
A 12-round no-decision contest for Lewis against Bryan Downey at the Memorial Hall, Columbus, Ohio on 17 December was reported to involve the world title by the Newark Advocate, but with the latter reportedly scaling 145½lbs it was above the recognised limit of the day.
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.