Lew Jenkins, known to fans as the "Sweetwater Swatter", won the lightweight boxing title on May 11, 1940. Jenkins defeated Lou Ambers in three rounds and was the first person to ever knock out the defending champ. Jenkins then began 19 free-wheeling, party-filled months as the world light-weight champion. He avoided training but still managed a draw with welterweight champ Fritzie Zivic, and had another knockout over Ambers before losing the crown to Sammy Angott. Jenkins fought 109 times winning 47 by knockout, 19 by decision, had 5 draws and lost 38 times. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1973.

Lew Jenkins

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