Boxing Lives Project
born: 28/06/1909, Cable Street, East London
Jack Berg, born Judah Bergman, stands in a long line of great Jewish boxers, many of whom came from the East-end of London. In a career that spanned three decades Berg had nearly 200 professional contests. In 1928 Berg went to America where he trained under the legendary Ray Arcel. Under his guidance he won the National Boxing Association Light-welterweight title in February 1930 at the Royal Albert Hall, defeating Mushy Callahan on a TKO in the tenth round. Berg went on to successfully defend his title six times over the next fourteen months before taking on Tony Canzoneri for the World Lightweight Title at the Chicago Stadium in April 1931. Canzoneri KO Berg in the third round.
Berg came back to Britain in 1934 and duly won the British Lightweight Title stopping Harry Mizler at the Royal Albert Hall in the tenth round. He lost his title at the first defence to Jimmy Walsh at the Liverpool Stadium in October 1936 with Walsh stopping Berg in the ninth round.
Jack 'Kid' Berg
⊕ Jack 'Kid' Berg in the United States
⊕ Cartoon depicting an Albert Hall fight night, 6 Dec 1928
⊕ Harry Mizler vs. Jack Kid Berg
⊕ Jack Kid Berg