Lew Jenkins

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Lew Jenkins
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Real nameVerlin E. Jenkins
Nickname(s)The Sweetwater Swatter
Rated atLightweight
NationalityAmerican
BornDecember 4, 1916
Milburn, Texas
DiedOctober 30, 1981(1981-10-30) (aged 64)
Oakland, California
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights121
Wins74
Wins by KO52
Losses42
Draws5
No contests0
 
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Lew Jenkins
Statistics
Real nameVerlin E. Jenkins
Nickname(s)The Sweetwater Swatter
Rated atLightweight
NationalityAmerican
BornDecember 4, 1916
Milburn, Texas
DiedOctober 30, 1981(1981-10-30) (aged 64)
Oakland, California
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights121
Wins74
Wins by KO52
Losses42
Draws5
No contests0

Lew Jenkins (December 4, 1916 - October 30, 1981) was an American boxer and Lightweight Champion of the World. He was born in Milburn, Texas and was raised during the Great Depression. He began fighting in carnivals and the US Army ultimately defeating Lou Ambers in New York City on May 10, 1940 to become champion.

Professional career[edit]

Jenkins scored knockout victories over noted fighters Lou Ambers, Tippy Larkin, and Mike Belloise. After winning the championship from Ambers Jenkins went wild, spending his money on whiskey, women and cars. He rarely went to sleep before dawn, drank recklessly and crashed several motorcycles and cars.

On December 19, 1941 Jenkins defended his title against Sammy Angott. Fighting with an injured neck he suffered from a motorcycle crash, Jenkins was outpointed over 15 rounds. From then on he lost more often than he won.

Military career[edit]

Jenkins served in World War II, serving in the United States Coast Guard where he participated in troop deployment, and in the thick of several enemy fires during the Allied invasions of North Africa and Europe. He was involved in the D-Day invasion. Jenkins was decorated for gallantry and his actions, including the Silver Star, and saved several men after they were cut off behind enemy lines. When the Korean War broke out he re-enlisted in the infantry.

Boxing Comeback[edit]

He attempted a comeback after World War II, but was unable to regain his status as a top lightweight and welterweight. He retired from boxing in 1950. In 2003, Jenkins made the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Jenkins died October 30, 1981 in Oakland, California. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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