John Henry Lewis
Global ID17914
birthdate 1914-05-01
death date 1974-04-18 (59)
divisionlight heavyweight
height5′ 11″   /   180cm
reach75½″   /   192cm
country USA
residencePhoenix, Arizona, USA
birth placeLos Angeles, California, USA
won 97 (KO 57) + lost 10 (KO 1) + drawn 4 = 111
rounds boxed 762 KO% 51.35

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1939-01-25Joe Louis36-1-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALKO115
time: 2:29 | referee: Arthur Donovan
World Heavyweight Title
Lewis was knocked down three times.

1938-10-28Al Gainer73-17-5
Arena, New Haven, Connecticut, USAWUD1515
referee: Dave Fitzgerald
World Light-Heavyweight title
Sanctioned by State of Connecticut and Governor presented Lewis with a belt afterward. Lewis won decisively although shaken by Gainer's punches on several occasions. He won each of the last three rounds to put the decision out of the contender's reach. Reported in the New Haven Journal-Courier (Laurence Fielding).

1938-09-15Jimmy Adamick50-1-1
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWMD1010
referee: Matt Adgie
1938-08-25Domenico Ceccarelli26-23-9
Nutley, New Jersey, USAWKO310
time: 1:15
1938-05-19Elmer Ray5-7-3
Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWKO1215
referee: Marty Burke
Checked by Joan Claro, 5th Avenue Library, New York.
1938-05-05Domenico Ceccarelli26-20-9
5th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWUD1010
Ceccarelli was down three times. From Professional Boxing in Maryland 1930-1940, by Buddy Ey.
1938-04-25Emilio Martinez27-16-3
Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWKO415
time: 0:54
World Light Heavyweight Title
First Title fight scheduled for a decision after repeal of MN's ND law; not recognized by NYSAC as a Title fight; NYSAC strips Lewis of title on July 27

1938-04-04Bob Tow34-21-3
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
1938-03-25Bud Mignault40-22-10
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWPTS1010
1938-02-11Fred Lenhart100-19-13
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWKO310
referee: Mike Gibbons
Attendance:8,000 Gate:$12,000
1938-01-31Emil Scholz41-29-20
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
This was an easy win for Lewis in a slow bout.
1938-01-18Marty Gallagher42-24-6
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWKO310
time: 2:50 | referee: Walter Heisner
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1938-01-10Leonard Neblett18-6-8
Nashville, Tennessee, USAWTKO810
1937-12-17Johnny Risko63-41-6
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
Lewis won 9 rounds and one was even, according to the Chicago Tribune. Result from the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Laurence Fielding).
1937-12-07Isidoro Gastanaga59-29-1
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO915
time: 1:25 | referee: Walter Heisner
Gastañaga was knocked down once in the 8th and 9th rounds. Also reported in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Laurence Fielding).
1937-11-26Salvatore Ruggirello30-54-0
Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWTKO410
Ruggirello down five times before the fight was stopped. (New York Times). Attendance: 8,000. Gate: $7,128
1937-10-15Isidoro Gastanaga58-29-1
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USALUD1010
Lewis down twice in round one and once in round three (a nine count). (New York Times)
1937-08-19Italo Colonello14-12-2
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1212
Colonello "suffered a terrific beating" as Lewis "battered" him with "a hatchet-like right for 12 rounds". (New York Times)
1937-06-28Willie Reddish20-5-2
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWUD1010
The crowd "booed the decision. Reddish had Lewis in trouble from the fourth round when he started carrying the fight to Lewis." (United Press)
1937-06-15Al Ettore58-9-3
Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1515
referee: Matt Adgie
1937-06-03Bob Olin52-20-4
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO815
referee: Walter Heisner
World Light-Heavyweight Title
Olin was knocked down once in the 4th and twice in the 8th round. Reported in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Laurence Fielding).

1937-05-21Jack Kranz19-12-2
Kansas City, Missouri, USAWKO310
1937-05-14Patsy Perroni43-8-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
1937-05-04Emilio Martinez23-13-3
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWPTS1010
From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Laurence Fielding).
1937-04-19Pret Ferrar16-9-4
Des Moines, Iowa, USAWKO610
1937-04-13Harold Murphy49-23-9
Ak-sar-ben Coliseum, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWTKO410
referee: Millio Millitti
Murphy was counted out in the 3rd round, but the referee later discovered that the bell had rang while he was being counted out.
1937-04-09Babe Davis16-6-2
Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO310
1937-04-02Don 'Red' Barry52-35-12
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO510
referee: Tommy Sullivan
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
1937-03-15Hans Birkie34-37-8
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Tommy O'Keefe 9-0 | judge: Herman Cherin 9-1 | judge: Al Leavitt 10-0
1937-02-08Al Ettore57-8-3
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWMD1515
referee: Leo Houck 7-4 | judge: Matt Adgie 10-5 | judge: Spud Murphy 6-6
Ettore was knocked down twice for nine-counts in round three.
1937-01-28Chester Palutis19-16-4
Watres Armory, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO710
1937-01-21Art Sykes12-16-1
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO610
time: 0:53
1937-01-04Al Ettore56-8-3
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALSD1010
referee: Joe McGuigan | judge: Nate Lopinson | judge: Al Leavitt 8-2
Ettore was declared winner at first, Pennsylvania Boxing Commision later arbitrarily changed the verdict. The official scorecards were (round-by-round): 5-4-1 and 4-3-3 for Ettore and 8-2 for Lewis, so Ettore was the winner and is so shown here. Nat Fleischer, on page 24 of the March 1937 issue of The Ring, called it the "worse blow at several years." He also stated that the reasons for this attempt to set aside the decision of the officials was not related to a mistake in adding up the scorecards, and that the decision of the Pennsylvania Boxing Commission was made a week after the fight! He also said "By what line of common sense reasoning Commissioner Rainey, who initiated the change in the verdict, and Commissioner McClelland, reached the decision that the change was necessary or that they had the right to overrule the official act of the referee and judges, will remain a mystery." A third commissioner, Chairman McCloskey, refused to vote with his colleagues. McGuigan and Lopinson were reported as scoring for Ettore and Leavitt scoring for Lewis.
1936-11-09Len Harvey111-12-10
Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United KingdomWPTS1515x3
referee: Jack Smith
World Light Heavyweight Title
Attendance: 11,800

1936-10-02Red Burman46-12-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO210
Burman was knocked down six times. Four of these knockdowns occurred in the first round. The bell rang while Burman was down and the referee didn't hear it. Considerable confusion ensued, but finally resulted in the fight being resumed after a delay of about ten minutes. However, Burman was knocked down twice in the second round and the referee stopped it for good.
1936-09-17Tiger Hairston19-3-2
Kanawha Park, Charleston, West Virginia, USAWKO110
time: 1:20 | referee: Jack Dempsey
1936-08-12George Nichols74-28-11
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWPTS1010
1936-07-30Al Gainer57-15-5
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1212
referee: Al Grayber | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams | judge: George MacBeth
1936-07-10Max Marek10-4-0
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman). Lewis took seven rounds and two were even, Marek winning only round three. (Bob Soderman's notes)
1936-06-22James Merriott5-10-1
Peoria, Illinois, USAWKO310
1936-06-17Tony Shucco68-9-7
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO810
From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Laurence Fielding).
1936-06-12Dutch Weimer38-25-0
Eagles Ball Park, York, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO510
1936-06-08John Andersson31-14-14
Dexter Park Arena, Woodhaven, Queens, New York, USAWUD1010
1936-05-29Bob Godwin88-18-12
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO110
1936-05-27Charley Massera35-17-5
Greenlee Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
referee: Al Grayber | judge: Karl Kohen | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams
1936-04-22Izzy Singer13-11-4
Chicago Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
Singer was knocked down in the 6th round for a count of three. Lewis's perforance was highly praised by spectators, who were impressed by his skillful boxing and by his strong punch..(Singer) fought back constantly and in the last round he was taking the fight to John Henry." (Chicago Tribune, Bob Soderman)
1936-04-07George Nichols73-27-10
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USADPTS1010
referee: Luke Carr
Judge Billy Meyers voted for Nichols, Judge George Needham for Lewis and Referee Carr called it a draw.
1936-03-13Jock McAvoy104-7-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
World Light Heavyweight Title
Lewis "had little difficulty ... wagering a careful, systematic battle in which he left few openings for the fast-punching Englishman, Lewis fought his way home to victory in convincing style but his triumph was far from popular with the crowd. Most of the 15,000, who paid $37,712 to see the battle, were swayed by the brave showing made by the fighter from the little isle and vociferously booed the decision". (New York Times)

1936-03-06Eddie Simms23-16-2
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWPTS1010
1936-01-30Cyclone Lynch1-0-0
St. Mary's Auditorium, Walsenburg, Colorado, USAWKO310
time: 0:50
Lewis scored two knockdowns in the 1st, two in the 2nd and the knockout in the 3rd round
1936-01-29Emilio Martinez21-7-1
City Auditorium, Denver, Colorado, USALPTS1010
1936-01-17Al Stillman52-16-4
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO410
Stillman did not answer the bell for the 4th round.
1936-01-10Tiger Jack Fox65-12-7
Armory, Spokane, Washington, USAWKO310
time: 1:40 | referee: Walter Wall
1935-12-20Dutch Weimer36-21-0
Tucson, Arizona, USAWPTS1010
1935-12-19Coleman Johns11-6-3
Madison Square Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, USAWKO210
time: 1:28
1935-12-11George Simpson29-9-5
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWTKO210
referee: Billy Burke
Simpson was knocked down eight times.
1935-11-29Maxie Rosenbloom187-37-24
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USALPTS1010
This was a dull, listless fight. Lewis landed many low punches and this may have influenced the referee's decision, which could easily have gone to Lewis.
1935-10-31Bob Olin48-15-4
Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWUD1515
World Light-Heavyweight Title
1935-07-24Abe Feldman28-4-2
Coney Island Velodrome, Brooklyn, New York, USALPTS1010
1935-07-17Maxie Rosenbloom183-34-22
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Oakland Frankie Burns
Oakland Tribune. This was a highly disputed decision.
1935-07-08Lou Poster22-11-5
Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWTKO510
1935-06-24Izzy Singer9-7-4
Paterson, New Jersey, USAWKO110
1935-06-03Tom Patrick28-26-4
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USAWKO110
referee: Al Grayber
1935-05-10Frank Rowsey45-11-2
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Bill Doran
1935-04-12Bob Olin47-14-4
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS1010
1935-03-13Emilio Martinez15-5-1
City Auditorium, Denver, Colorado, USAWUD1010
1935-03-04Terry Mitchell17-15-2
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWTKO610
Mitchell was down several times before the knockout.
1935-02-25Frank Wotanski7-5-6
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWKO310
1935-01-29Don Petrin29-13-2
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO710
referee: Al Grayber
1934-12-14Tony Shucco61-7-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
1934-11-23Yale Okun59-24-6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO310
time: 0:58 | referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
1934-11-16Jim Braddock42-23-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALPTS1010
Lewis down in 5th round
1934-10-31Earl Wise10-6-2
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWKO310
referee: Oakland Frankie Burns
1934-10-17Pietro Georgi29-11-6
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWKO310
referee: Oakland Frankie Burns
1934-10-03Don 'Red' Barry49-20-9
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USADPTS1010
referee: Toby Irwin
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