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Teddy Lewis

born: 24/09/1929, Bethnal Green, London

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From a boxing family of Italian descent that boxed under the name of Lewis rather than the family name Lucioni. His grandfather Bill, who had over 250 contests boxed the likes of Johnny Summers, Ted Broadribb and Ike Bradley. His father also had in excess of 200 contests. His uncle Bill was Southern Area featherweight champion in the 1920s. Teddy started boxing in local youth clubs before joining West Ham and Buxton ABCs. As an amateur he won the London/South-east junior division in 1945 and went on to reach the semi-finals of the junior ABAs in the same year. His boxing style was better suited to the professional game so he turned pro aged 17. He won his first 24 contests, drew the 25th but from then suffered several defeats due to cut eyes. He was forced to retire aged 21 following a black-out in the ring.

Teddy Lewis
Teddy Lewis jnr, c1947, shortly after turning pro

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