GEORGETOWN, Guyana –– Former world welterweight champion Andrew Lewis has died in his native Guyana in a vehicular accident. He was 44.
Police said Lewis was struck yesterday on a major road outside the capital. The retired boxer, nicknamed “Six Heads,” was pronounced dead at a hospital.
His manager Keith Bazilio confirmed his death. Bazilio was unable to provide precise details of what transpired but told Stabroek News that Lewis was walking along the Friendship, East Bank Demerara public road when he attempted to cross and was struck down by a vehicle. The accident occurred around midday
Lewis became the first boxer from Guyana to earn a world title. In 2001, he beat American James Page to win the World Boxing Association’s welterweight crown in Las Vegas.
Guyana declared a national holiday after the Brooklyn-based Guyanese fighter won. He was given a home in an upscale area of the country, among other prizes.
Lewis lost the title in 2002. He eventually returned to Guyana where he fought regional boxers before retiring for good.