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Series on Boxing Superstars who graced the rings of South Africa - by Jeff Ellis

Ted Kid Lewis was born Gershon Mendeloff in London on 28 October 1893 and held no less than eight titles, during a career spanning 20 years. Lewis turned to the pro ranks in September of 1902 and retired on December 13, 1929 after engaging in 299 bouts of which he lost 28.

Lewis held the British and European featherweight titles, the World, British and Empire and European welterweight titles and he held the British Empire and European middleweight titles. He also laid claim the British light heavyweight and the European welterweight titles.

Starting out at 126lb he ended his career weighing in access of 170lb. He participated in two fights in Johannesburg, on December 3 1927 he knocked out the South African heavyweight Alec Storbeck in the first round and on January 7, 1928 he drew over 15 rounds with the South African heavyweight champion, Johnny