Andrew Lewis, a stylish southpaw boxer with the colorful nickname “Six Heads” died Monday in his native Guyana of injuries he suffered when the bicycle he was riding was struck by an automobile. He was 44.
Lewis was 23-4-2 with one no-contest and briefly held the WBA welterweight title. He captured the vacant belt by stopping James Page in the seventh round of a Feb. 17, 2001, bout in Las Vegas. He made one successful defense, by defeating Larry Marks, and had a no-contest after a clash of heads with Ricardo Mayorga.
Mayorga lifted the title from Lewis in a rematch on March 30, 2002, in Reading, Pa.
A left-hander, Lewis was more of a technical boxer, though he did have some pop.
He earned the nickname “Six Heads” during an amateur boxing tournament when he was just 7. He hit an opponent so hard, according to the story Lewis has told, that the opponent quit because he said he saw six heads.