Back in 2009, I interviewed Joe Lewis, arguably the best fighter that has ever stepped into the ring. Sadly, couple of days ago, Lewis announced on his Facebook page, that he had brain cancer, and was given from 6 to 8 weeks to live.
Lewis, is considered by most, the best karate fighter ever step into the ring. With him beginning his career, words as kickboxing and full contact were used for the first time ever. He was the first fighter to win the Heavyweight Kickboxing Championship in 1970.
In his 17 year fighting career, Joe Lewis was a 7 times world champion, and was elected to numerous hall of fames 15 times.
In his day he won all the possible titles there were, including World Karate Champion, World full contact Kickboxing champion, USA Black belts Kata champion, National US Kickboxing champion. Lewis also studied Jeet Kune Do with the late great Bruce Lee. Twice Lewis was awarded as «the greatest fighter of all time».
Although I didn’t know Mr. Lewis, and only done an interview with him, I feel this is something I had to write, as there aren’t many champions like him left with us today. This seems to be the toughest challenge that Lewis has yet faced, and I sincerely hope that he beats the decease and recovers from it.
There’s has been a Facebook group created, called “Praying for Joe Lewis”, so if you’re a martial arts fan, or just a good human being, feel free to join it here – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Praying-for-Joe-Lewis/152871531455445
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