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Jack 'Kid' Berg

 

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Boxing Record:

 

Fights: 192

Won: 157

Lost: 26

Drawn: 9

Ko's: 57

 

Judah Bergman, known as Jack Kid Berg or Jackie Kid Berg (June 28, 1909 – April 22, 1991), was an English boxer born in the East End of London.

 

Judah Bergman was born in Romford Street near Cable Street, St George in the East, Stepney. He was apprenticed as a lather boy in a barber's shop, and began his boxing career at the Premierland, Back Church Lane, when he was 14. Jewish Berg boxed with a Star of David on his trunks.

 

The book The Whitechapel Windmill covers the handsome boxer's rise in the boxing world as well as his flamboyant out-of-the-ring life, which is said to have included an affair with Mae West and to have borne a long-lasting friendship with fellow East Ender Jack Spot, the colourful (and also Jewish) gangster.

 

Berg died in London on April 22, 1991.

 

He is commemorated by a blue plaque on Noble Court, Cable Street, close to the place where he was born. Stepney Historical Trust presented the plaque at a ceremony attended by the Chief Rabbi, the Bishop of Stepney Richard Chartres, Professor Bill Fishman, Councillor Albert lilley and the Retired Boxers Federation. Later in the evening the Trust held a Charity Ball to raise funds for the Retired Boxers Federation attended by Mr Cox, Chairman of the Boxing Association and also the local Arbour Youth and Repton Boxing Clubs Boys. Over a £1000 was raised for the Retired Boxing charity.

[edit] Career

 

Between 1923 and 1936, Berg had 192 professional fights, winning 157 of them. His record was 157–26–9. Fifty seven wins were by knock out.

 

In 1931 he moved to the USA, where he won 64 out of 76 fights there. He became British lightweight champion in 1934 by beating the holder Harry Mizler, and he lived to be the oldest British boxing champion. During his bouts in America, he was trained by legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel.

 

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In 1930, Berg defeated the great Cuban fighter Kid Chocolate in ten rounds. In 1930, he knocked out the American champion Mushy Callahan to take the Light Welterweight Championship in London. The National Boxing Association (NBA) had stripped Callahan before this fight and Britain did not recognize this division, so only the New York State Athletic Commission recognized Berg as champion after this fight. The NBA only recognized Berg as champion after he beat Goldie Hess in January 1931.

 

Berg fought as a lightweight when he put his title on the line to meet with Tony Canzoneri in Chicago on 24 April 1931. He was quickly knocked out in three rounds, falling on his face and stumbling to get up before giving in and collapsing into the ropes. Berg, contending that he lost at lightweight and not at light welterweight, continued to claim that he was champion. Most of the boxing world recognized Canzoneri, however.[1]

 

After the Canzoneri bout, Berg continued boxing with mixed results. His last notable win came in 1939 against the up-and-coming prospect Tippy Larkin.

 

After retiring from boxing, he worked as a film stunt man, joined the Royal Air Force, and owned a restaurant in London.

 

Source: wikipedia

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I would like to nominat Len Harvey to the hall of fame, Len was one of the finest boxers that fought right through the weights,

just check his record & you cant do anything other than vote for him

 

Nominations for older fighters currently closed. Will reopen once the votes are in for the current nominees.

 

Nominations are open for fighters from the past 40 years, so please feel free to nominate someone in the topic, Tel.

http://budweiserboxing.forumcircle.com/viewtopic.php?t=9638&start=15

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Yes.

 

He is in my top 5 British fighters of all time.

 

His record is an impressive 157-26-9. He beat some very accomplished fighters including Kid Chocolate (x2), Tony Canzoneri and Billy Petrolle as well as other good fighters like Johnny Cuthbert, Billy Wallace, Tony Herrera, Tippy Larkin, Gustave Humery, Eric Boon, Harry Mizler, Jake Kilrain.

 

Fans often know about the other "Kid", Ted Lewis, but not so much about Jack Berg. Berg is without doubt a British legend also though.

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come on people berg deserves the 90% needed in his first meeting with canzoneri the news papers reported that it was the worst defeat (punishment inflicted)of canzoneri's career to date and canzoneri had to be carried and helped back to his corner after the final bell .as said already he beat kid chocolate not once but twice he is englands greatest ever lightweight and light-welterweight
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Berg's another borderline case but I am giving him the 'Yes' vote.

 

He is more than borderline in my opinion. He's a former great in his own right.

 

He beat Tony Canzoneri, Billy Petrolle, Kid Chocolate, Tippy Larkin, Mushy Callahan, Harry Mizler, Eric Boon, Joe Glick. They were all top contenders of the time and in some cases former or future World champions.

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he beat chocolate twice and although the win over canzoneri may of been a split decision it was regarded by many at ringside to be a clear win for berg and is recorded as the worst beating canzoneri had taken up to that point in his career, ray arcel even says that canzoneri's corner men carried him back to his corner after the final bell he was so fatigued
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