1976-03-20 John H. Stracey w rsc 10 (15) Hedgemon Lewis, The Arena, Wembley, London, England - WBC
1976-03-20 John H. Stracey w rsc 10 (15) Hedgemon Lewis, The Arena, Wembley, London, England - WBC. Referee: Harry Gibbs. Fighting with tremendous zeal, Stracey (146¼) survived a shaky opening round to gradually grind down his American opponent, who made life difficult for the champion right up until the eighth. Although Lewis (146¾) boxed well and made Stracey work hard he slipped further and further behind as the latter never left him alone, and in the eighth through the tenth the punches kept on coming. At certain stages it seemed as though Stracey would punch himself out, but he did not and eventually Lewis slumped against the ropes before falling down under a torrent of leather just as the referee was halting the contest on the 1.25 mark.