John Henry Lewis

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Class of 1994
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World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: John Henry Lewis
Born: 1914-05-01
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 1974-04-18 (Age:59)
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 11″   /   180cm
Reach: 75½″   /   192cm
Boxing Record: click

Division: Light Heavyweight
Trainer: Larry Amadee
Manager: Larry White


After losing via a first-round knockout to Joe Louis in a bid for the Heavyweight title, John Henry Lewis scheduled a Light Heavyweight title defense against Dave Clark on March 31, 1939 in Detroit. But, on March 17, two physicians examined his vision and determined that he was essentially blind in his left eye. Lewis would later admit that the injury, which had led to the blindness, occurred during a 1935 bout with Abe Feldman. Lewis's bout with Dave Clark was postponed and Lewis was then banned from boxing in Michigan. Lewis then unsuccessfully pursued a London title defense against Len Harvey. Lewis would then retire, and never fought again.


Lewis had three brothers who boxed professionally; Joe Edward, Christy and Paul. Christy was his older brother by less than a year, and was a clubfighter who often appeared on his brother's undercards. Paul was a middleweight main-event attraction in Northern Californa during the mid-1940s, primarily in the Oakland, CA area.

Record Issues

Unconfirmed Lewis bouts (1928-30) that could not be confirmed in the Arizona Republic newspaper. It is likely that these were fought outside of Phoenix or were amateur bouts .


  • Kid Tapia, Phoenix, KO 2
  • Buster Grant, Phoenix, W 4


  • Jake Henderson, Phoenix, W 4


  • Louis Pete, Phoenix, KO 4
  • Young Tiger Flowers, Phoenix, W 6
  • Dynamite Hunter, Phoenix, D 4
  • Young Tiger Flowers, Phoenix, W 6
  • Kid Val Don, Phoenix, KO 3
  • Ray Imm, Phoenix, KO 4
  • Jake Henderson, Phoenix, KO 4