Jimmy Lewis

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The boxer used the ring name of “Billy Nixon”.  He started his career at the age of 11, and won all 22 of his amateur bouts.  He had a professional record of 89-13. His great credibility
in the boxing world is shown by the three World Title fights he had in 1947, two with Kid Gavilan (welterweight) and one with Ike Williams (lightweight). He was managed first by Jimmy Toppi of
Philadelphia, later by Ralph Tribuani of Wilmington. His most prized possessions when he died were the gloves and robe he wore the night he fought Sugar Ray Robinson. The robe had “Billy Nixon” on
the back.



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