FROM THE ARCHIVE: Now and then
NOW AND THEN: Here’s one of those “Now vs. The Old Days” things: The man pictured here throwing a punch, former world welterweight champion Ted “Kid” Lewis, fought one man (Jack Britton) 20 times during his pro career, which ended in 1929 with a tally of 232-45-26 (79 knockouts). The man shown receiving the punch is not Britton, however. It’s Tom Gummer, who, after getting knocked out by Lewis in the first round on Feb. 16, 1922, ended his career at 4-5-1 (3 KOs). (Note: Accounts of Lewis’ final record vary. The total here is the sum of his 238 “official” bouts as well as 65 “newspaper” decisions, as recorded by BoxRec.com.)
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