John Henry Lewis
Nationality: US American
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Hometown: Prescott, AZ, USA
Age at Death: 59
Division: Light Heavyweight
After losing via a first-round knockout to Joe Louis in a bid for the Heavyweight title, John Henry Lewis scheduled a Light Heavyweight title defense against Dave Clark on March 31, 1939 in Detroit. But, on March 17, two physicians examined his vision and determined that he was essentially blind in his left eye. Lewis would later admit that the injury, which had led to the blindness, occurred during a 1935 bout with Abe Feldman. Lewis's bout with Dave Clark was postponed and Lewis was then banned from boxing in Michigan. Lewis then unsuccessfully pursued a London title defense against Len Harvey. Lewis would then retire, and never fought again.
Lewis had two brothers who boxed professionally; Christy and Paul. Christy was his older brother by less than a year, and was a clubfighter who often appeared on his brother's undercards. Paul was a middleweight main-event attraction in Northern Californa during the mid-1940s, primarily in the Oakland, CA area.