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Harry Lewis
Global ID11032
sexmale
birthdate 1886-09-16
death date 1956-02-22 (69)
divisionwelterweight
height5′ 7″   /   170cm
reach67″   /   170cm
country USA
residencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
birth placeNew York, New York, USA
birth nameHenry Besterman
won 61 (KO 48) + lost 17 (KO 2) + drawn 6 = 85
rounds boxed 650
Newspaper Decisions won 47 : lost 22 : drawn 19
rounds boxed 526
Total Bouts 173 KO% 27.75
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1913-10-13Joe Borrell14-2-0
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALTKO56
referee: Frank O'Brien
Lewis had been badly injured in a traffic accident in the previous spring. He was attempting to resume his boxing career, but had nothing left but courage. After this fight, he lingered near death for several days, suffering paralysis of the left side, after which he slowly recovered. He never boxed again.
1913-03-17Jack Harrison2-2-0
National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, United KingdomWKO320x3
referee: Bernard J Angle
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 18 March 1913
1913-01-30Jerry Thompson3-1-0
Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, United KingdomWKO1420x3
1912-12-26Johnny Mathieson10-2-1
Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, United KingdomWTKO3
1912-11-25Jean Dair
Nimes, Gard, FranceWRTD36
1912-06-10Johnny Mathieson7-2-0
Birmingham, West Midlands, United KingdomLPTS2020x3
1912-05-13Private Palmer
Liverpool Stadium, Liverpool, Merseyside, United KingdomLPTS2020x3
1912-04-30Seaman Brown0-2-0
Birmingham, West Midlands, United KingdomWKO2
1912-03-28Harry Mansfield21-12-4
Pudsey St. Stadium, Liverpool, Merseyside, United KingdomWPTS2020x3
1912-01-18Dixie Kid49-11-6
Liverpool, Merseyside, United KingdomWTKO820x3
1911-12-13Georges Carpentier48-8-5
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, FranceLPTS2020
1911-10-09George KO Brown1-1-3
Memphis, Tennessee, USADPTS88
1911-05-27George Gunther7-9-5
Wonderland, Paris, Paris, FranceLPTS2020
1911-05-03Leo Houck17-4-2
L'Hippodrome, Clichy, Paris, FranceLPTS2020
referee: Emile Maitrot
Lewis loses his claim as World Middleweight champion
1911-03-13Arthur Harman2-4-1
London, United KingdomWKO2
1911-02-22Blink McCloskey22-20-13
Hippodrome, Paris, Paris, FranceWPTS2525
Lewis claims World Middleweight title
1911-02-18Seaman Hulis
Plymouth, Devon, United KingdomWKO5
1911-02-13Private Jim Harris1-0-0
The Empire, Holborn, London, United KingdomWTKO5
1911-02-01Blink McCloskey22-19-13
Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, FranceWTKO315
McCloskey could not continue after one of his cornermen accidentally got ammonia in his eyes. It had been an even fight until then.
1911-01-25Johnny Summers71-24-25
Olympia, Kensington, London, United KingdomWKO420x3
Sometimes listed as a welterweight title fight, but Harry Lewis weighed above the contracted 144lbs for the fight and paid a forfeit. Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Lewis announces his move up to middleweight

1910-12-14Jeff Thorne1-3-0
Wagram Boxe Club, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO115
1910-11-07Dick Nelson58-3-15
Schenectady, New York, USAWKO210
1910-10-28Young Loughrey29-6-2
Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record, both of which reported that the fight was even.
1910-10-21Billy Glover15-8-10
Brown's Gym, New York, New York, USAWTKO510
The New York Times incorrectly identified Lewis's opponent as Mike Glover.
1910-09-17Leo Houck13-3-2
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record gave Houck as the winner of the newspaper decision.
1910-09-02Harry Mansfield18-8-0
National S.C., New York, New York, USADNWS1010
Very poor fight according to both the NY Times and Boston Globe--the Globe had Lewis winning. From the Times article it is clear that they felt neither fighter was entitled to the decision. The NY Tribune had Mansfield winning for the first four rounds and then described the bout as a stall to the end after that.
1910-08-23Leo Houck12-3-2
Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1212
1910-06-27Young Joseph47-11-13
Wonderland, Whitechapel Road, Mile End, London, United KingdomWTKO720x3
WORLD WELTERWEIGHT TITLE
This is shown as a WORLD TITLE FIGHT per the 1988 British Boxing Year Book and the 1986/87 Ring Record Book. Joseph floored three times in the bout, before his seconds threw in the sponge signaling an end to the fight.

1910-06-11Sam Harris0-2-0
Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO2
1910-05-19Bill Davies
Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO110
One of 3 bouts Lewis had on the same day.
1910-05-19Bert Ropert
Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO210
One of 3 bouts Lewis had on the same day.
1910-05-19Bob Scanlon5-3-4
Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, FranceWDQ210
One of 3 bouts Lewis had on the same day.
1910-05-04Peter Brown69-21-8
Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO320
Biiled as World welterweight title at 10st 9lbs but fought at catchweight as Brown was heavier than the welterweight limit.
1910-04-23Willie Lewis46-6-3
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, FranceDPTS2525
referee: Dr. Phelan
World Welterweight Title
Willie Lewis was knocked down twice and the crowd booed the verdict.

1910-03-12Charley Hitte15-5-2
Wonderland, Paris, Paris, FranceLDQ420
Lewis disqualified for low blow.
1910-02-19Willie Lewis46-5-2
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, FranceDPTS2525
World Welterweight Title
Willile Lewis was floored in the second round.

1910-01-11Howard Baker19-2-6
Denver A.C., Denver, Colorado, USAWPTS1010
Wednesday, January 12, 1910 Paper: Denver Rocky Mountain News
1909-11-27Frank Klaus14-1-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
Bout was recorded as even--Philadelphia Record. The Philadelphia Item also called it a draw.
1909-10-19Dan Sullivan
Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO112
Sullivan's Professional debut (Boston Globe).
1909-10-13Eddie Chambers13-7-3
Wayne A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO16
Result is from the Philadelphia Item. This was the only result reported from the program, but other scheduled fights were: Eddie Clayton v. Patsy Allen, 6; Young Mann v. Harry Smith, 6; Chick Murray v. Young Butler 6; Frankie Hart v. Pete Corigan, 4.
1909-10-06Harry Mansfield16-7-0
New Philadelphia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record had Lewis winning.
1909-09-03Harry Mansfield15-7-0
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
Mansfield won this fight according to the Boston Globe.
1909-07-26Tommy Crawford2-5-1
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USAWKO2
1909-06-24Harry Mansfield15-7-0
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
This was a hard fight with Lewis winning by a narrow margin--Boston Globe and Philadelphia Item. The Philadelphia Record considered the fight to be a draw.
1909-04-24Frank Klaus10-0-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALDQ66
The Philadelphia Item had Lewis ahead when the bout ended because of Lewis's disqualification.
1909-03-26Terry Martin35-12-3
Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item was in favor of Lewis.
1909-03-18George Krall18-13-1
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO13
One of 2 bouts for Lewis on the same day. Result from the Philadelphia Item.
1909-03-18Johnny Dugan6-2-0
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO23
One of 2 bouts for Lewis on the same day. Result from the Philadelphia Item.
1909-03-06Tommy Sullivan21-6-4
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Sullivan was the winner by newspaper decision of both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record.
1909-02-02Bill MacKinnon8-0-2
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1212
1909-01-05Harry Mansfield14-6-0
Douglas A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Lewis was better. (Chicago Tribune and Washington Post both for Lewis) More significantly, Lewis received the newspaper decision from both tht Philadelphia Item (Lewis an easy winner) and the Philadelphia Record.
1908-12-14Willie Lewis29-5-2
Grand Opera House, New Haven, Connecticut, USALNWS1212
Newspaper decision from New London's The Day; NY Times scored a draw
1908-10-01Unk Russell29-3-1
Old City Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
referee: Jimmie Mason
A draw from Pittsburgh Gazette Times. No knockdowns are mentioned.
This was a great fight according to the Boston Globe, with both men fighting like tigers. Russell down in the second and Lewis down in the fourth. Globe called fight a draw.

1908-09-25Terry Martin34-10-2
National S.C., New York, New York, USAWTKO56
referee: Charlie White
1908-09-07Unk Russell29-2-1
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
As he usually did, Lewis handed Russell a good licking.
1908-07-14Unk Russell28-2-1
Auditorium, Bangor, Maine, USAWNWS66
referee: Maffitt Flaherty
Newspaper decision from the Boston Globe.
1908-06-29Jim Donovan0-2-0
Bangor, Maine, USAWPTS66
1908-06-23Larry Temple15-7-6
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
Lewis cleverly outboxed his heavier opponent.
1908-06-09Willie Lewis29-5-2
National A.C., New York, New York, USALNWS66
(New York Times) Washington Post had Harry Lewis winning the fight.
1908-05-23Unk Russell28-2-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item in favor of Lewis. The Philadelphia Record considered the fight to be a draw.
1908-05-19Charley Hitte11-4-0
National S.C., New York, New York, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision provided by Philadelphia Item.
1908-05-09Unk Russell28-2-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Lewis handed Russell a trouncing according to the Philadelphia Item.
1908-04-27Larry Conley3-2-0
Augusta, Maine, USAWKO3
1908-04-20Honey Mellody37-9-10
Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO412
time: 2:30
World Welterweight Title
Promoted as a Welterweight Championship bout.

1908-03-26Terry Martin34-9-2
Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWPTS1515
referee: Jack McGuigan
For Lewis's claim of World Welterweight championship. Fought at catchweights. Martin knocked down in round 1 and round 8.
1908-02-15Terry Martin34-9-2
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item. It was a rousing battle.
1908-01-23Frank Mantell12-1-5
Edgewood A.C., New Haven, Connecticut, USAWTKO312
Lewis claimed the World Welterweight Title
1907-12-23Pat O'Keefe6-9-1
Winnisimmet A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
Boston Journal
1907-12-16Terry Martin34-9-2
Spring Garden A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Newspaper decisions from both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record were in favor of Martin, who was the upset winner.
1907-11-20Jack Blackburn33-3-11
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
A newspaper win for Blackburn according to the Philadelphia Item and the Phildelphia Record.
1907-11-01Mike Donovan68-12-36
Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Lewis won the newspaper decision according to both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record.
1907-10-17Cub White11-2-3
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item. Lewis was reported to have been a clear winner.
1907-10-03Cub White11-2-3
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS33
One of 2 bouts on the same day for Lewis. The newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item was a draw between White and Lewis, but the Philadelphia Record called the fight even.
1907-10-03Kid Stein23-13-5
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS33
One of 2 bouts on the same day for Lewis. Lewis beat Kid Stein according to both the newspaper decisions of both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record.
1907-08-08Kid Locke9-5-0
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS33
One of 2 bouts on the same day for Lewis. Lewis won newspaper decision according to the Philadelphia Item.
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