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Jack Britton (October 14, 1885 – March 27, 1962) was three-time world welterweight boxing champion. Born William J. Breslin in Clinton, New York, his professional career lasted for 25 years beginning in 1905. He holds the world record for the number of title bouts fought in a career with 37 (18 of which ended in no decisions), many against his arch-rival Ted "Kid" Lewis, against whom he fought 20 times.[1] Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Britton as the #6 ranked welterweight of all time while The Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer placed him at #3. He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1960 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame as a first-class member in 1990.[2]

Jack Britton
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Statistics
Nickname(s)Boxing Marvel
Weight(s)Welterweight
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1885-10-14)October 14, 1885
Clinton, New York
DiedMarch 27, 1962(1962-03-27) (aged 76)
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights344
Wins239
Wins by KO30
Losses57
Draws43
No contests5
portrait of Britton

Ernest Hemingway's short story "Fifty Grand" is based on the Jack Britton/Mickey Walker fight in Madison Square Garden on November 1, 1922.[3] Other sources link this story to the Britton/Benny Leonard fight the previous June in the Bronx Hippodrome where Leonard lost in what appeared to be an intentional foul. Leonard was specifically mentioned in the first draft of Hemingway's short story.[4]

Notable boutsEdit

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[5]
Loss   Red Herring PTS 8 1929-04-22   Memphis Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee
Loss   Mickey Walker UD 15 1922-11-01   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Lost World Welterweight Title.
Win   Benny Leonard DQ 13 (15) 1922-06-26   Velodrome, Bronx, New York Retained World Welterweight Title.
Draw   Dave Shade MD 15 1922-02-17   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained World Welterweight Title.
Win   Mickey Walker NWS 12 1921-07-18   Armory, Newark, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Draw   Dave Shade PTS 10 1921-06-03   Milwaukie Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon
Win   Kid Lewis UD 15 1921-02-07   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained World Welterweight Title.
Loss   Mike O'Dowd NWS 12 1920-05-17   Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio Newspaper Decision
Win   Mike O'Dowd NWS 8 1919-08-22   Armory, Newark, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Win   Kid Lewis NWS 8 1919-07-28   Armory A.A., Jersey City, New Jersey Retained World Welterweight Title.
Newspaper Decision
Win   Kid Lewis KO 9 (12) 1919-03-17   Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio Won World Welterweight Title.
Loss   Benny Leonard NWS 8 1918-06-25   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw   Kid Lewis NWS 6 1918-06-20   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Draw   Kid Lewis NWS 10 1918-05-02   Town Hall, Scranton, Pennsylvania For World Welterweight Title.
Newspaper Decision
Win   Kid Lewis NWS 10 1918-03-06   Armory Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia For World Welterweight Title.
Newspaper Decision
Loss   Benny Leonard NWS 10 1917-10-19   Harlem S.C, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss   Kid Lewis PTS 20 1917-06-25   Westwood Field, Dayton, Ohio Lost World Welterweight Title.
Loss   Kid Lewis NWS 10 1917-06-14   St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss   Kid Lewis NWS 10 1917-06-06   Saint Louis Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri Newspaper Decision
Loss   Kid Lewis NWS 10 1917-05-19   Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario Newspaper Decision
Loss   Mike O'Dowd NWS 12 1917-05-08   Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss   Kid Lewis NWS 10 1917-03-26   Queen City A.C., Cincinnati, Ohio Newspaper Decision
Win   Mike O'Dowd NWS 10 1917-01-25   Saint Paul Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota Newspaper Decision
Win   Charley White PTS 12 1916-11-21   Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts Retained World Welterweight Title.
Draw   Kid Lewis PTS 12 1916-11-14   Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win   Kid Lewis PTS 12 1916-10-17   Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win   Mike O'Dowd PTS 12 1916-06-06   Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win   Kid Lewis PTS 20 1916-04-24   Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana Won World Welterweight Title.
Win   Kid Lewis NWS 10 1916-02-15   Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York For World Welterweight Title.
Newspaper Decision
Win   Kid Lewis NWS 10 1916-01-20   Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York For World Welterweight Title.
Newspaper Decision
Loss   Kid Lewis PTS 12 1915-09-28   Arena (Atlas A.A.), Boston, Massachusetts For World Welterweight Title.
Loss   Kid Lewis PTS 12 1915-08-31   Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts Lost World Welterweight Title.
Win   Kid Lewis NWS 10 1915-03-26   135th Street A.C., New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss   Packey McFarland NWS 10 1913-12-08   Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Newspaper Decision
Win   Matty Baldwin NWS 10 1913-04-15   St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss   Packey McFarland NWS 10 1913-03-07   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss   Willie Ritchie PTS 4 1911-10-06   Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California
Draw   Packey McFarland PTS 8 1911-01-30   Armory A.C., Memphis, Tennessee
Draw   Leo Houck NWS 6 1909-03-18   Lancaster A.C., Lancaster, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw   Leo Houck NWS 6 1909-02-04   Lancaster A.C., Lancaster, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Loss   Leo Houck NWS 6 1906-10-18   Lancaster A.C., Lancaster, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ International Boxing Hall of Fame - Jack Britton IBHOF.com Retrieved on 2014-04-05
  2. ^ Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Jack Britton CyberBoxingZone.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  3. ^ Jack Britton Retains World Welterweight Title Boxing360.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  4. ^ Century, Douglas (2006). Barney Ross, The Life of a Jewish Fighter, Nextbook, Schocken, Random House, New York, pg. 29.
  5. ^ Jack Britton's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Mike Glover
World Welterweight Champion
June 22, 1915 – August 31, 1915
Succeeded by
Kid Lewis
Preceded by
Kid Lewis
World Welterweight Champion
April 24, 1916 – June 25, 1917
World Welterweight Champion
March 17, 1919 – November 1, 1922
Succeeded by
Mickey Walker