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Old 05-30-2014, 02:09 PM   #1
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He won the light heavyweight title. Accumulated 112 fights before reaching the age of 25. He was only stopped once by a peaking Joe louis. From the looks of things, most of his defeats were at heavyweight. Beat some named opponents too. Seems like a great fighter.
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Retired, due to being blind in one eye!!
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Old 05-30-2014, 03:49 PM   #3
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He appeared to be quite the force.

Apparently many of the Rosenbloom loses were disputed and could have his gone way. He beat Ettore and an upstart Elmer Ray at HW.
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All time great light heavyweight, getting a bit forgotten these days. Pretty darn complete as a fighter at that weight, and his durability needs no justification. At heavyweight he was a good contender.

His sole knockout loss to Joe Louis, reminds me of the second Bruno Tyson fight, in a number of respects. Although he was a ranked heavyweight contender on paper, his eye was going rapidly, and he had one last shot at a big pay day.
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:38 PM   #5
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All time great light heavyweight, getting a bit forgotten these days. Pretty darn complete as a fighter at that weight, and his durability needs no justification. At heavyweight he was a good contender.

His sole knockout loss to Joe Louis, reminds me of the second Bruno Tyson fight, in a number of respects. Although he was a ranked heavyweight contender on paper, his eye was going rapidly, and he had one last shot at a big pay day.
He certainly is a forgotten great but a great nonetheless. Fighting in 112 fights in such a short time and against such tough opposition could definitely lead to a man's career getting cut at a young age.
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:41 PM   #6
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Wish there was any film of him .. just getting flattened by Joe ..
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I heard he was a great fighter but by the time he fought Louis he was looking for a pay day and Joe gave him one...had some solid victory's
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Because of John Henry Lewis, I as a young boy became interested in boxing as my family
lived next door to a trainer of the great JH Lewis. Every night I would go next door and
shadow box with the stablemates of John Henry Lewis, eat salads with oil [still do today]
and learn about boxing lore. I never saw JH Lewis but one of his welterweight
stablemates took me under his wing and sparred with me. His name was Tommy Jones
and to get work he was forced to go to Australia along with the terrific welterweight
Jimmy Leto. I was so sad when Tommy left as he was a father figure to me ...
But JH Lewis was easily one of the great all around light heavyweights till his eyes went on him forcing him to retire....
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He won the light heavyweight title. Accumulated 112 fights before reaching the age of 25. He was only stopped once by a peaking Joe louis. From the looks of things, most of his defeats were at heavyweight. Beat some named opponents too. Seems like a great fighter.
Archie Moore rated him the best light heavyweight of all time
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