1918-07-04 (145lbs) Ted Kid Lewis nd-w pts 20 Johnny Griffiths, East Market Gardens, Akron, Ohio, USA

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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, and went on to pick up the press decision.

Three eight-round no-decision fights, against Walter Mohr (nd-w pts 8 on 17 August at the Ballpark, Jersey City, New Jersey), Benny Leonard (nd-w pts 8 on 25 September at Weidenmayor’s Park, Newark, New Jersey) and Griffiths (nd-drew 8 on 10 March 1919 at the Lyric Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee), saw both Lewis and his opponents scaling below 145lbs, thus putting the title at risk.