Boxing Lives Project
aka 'Kid and/or the Aldgate Sphinx'
born: 28/10/1893, Aldgate London
Ted 'Kid' Lewis, born Gershen Mendeloff, signed professional terms in 1911 to contest 16 fights at the Premierland. His all-action style of boxing made him an instant crowd favourite. In 1913 he won the British and European featherweight titles at Premierland. During World War 1 Lewis boxed in America where he won the world welterweight title in 1915 defeating Jack Britton on points over twelve rounds. Returning to Britain in 1920 he defeated Johnny Bee for the British middleweight title knocking his opponent out in the 4th round of the scheduled 20. This was the first of numerous title fights that saw Lewis win British and European titles at three different weights: welter, middleweight an light-heavyweight. In 1922 he took on the great Georges Carpentier of France for the European heavyweight and the world light-heavyweight titles at the London Olympia. Lewis was controversially knocked-out in the first round. As he turned to make a complaint to the referee about the conduct of Carpentier the Frenchmen felled the unguarded. Lewis retired from boxing in 1929.
Ted 'Kid' Lewis
⊕ Lewis with Sugar Ray
⊕ 'Kid' Lewis in the United States
⊕ Ted Kid Lewis vs. Roland Todd
⊕ Ted Kid Lewis training
⊕ Manor Hall, Hackney fight poster