Mar 13 Charley Davis W6 Arena, Trenton, NJ, USA
1944-03-13 Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, NJ) (page 12)
Also on the card, although Trenton fans can't figure out why, is an all-New York bout between Ed. Cooper and Gene Burton. If past form holds true, this will be either a slow waltz or a fluke knockout. These all-New York bouts, sometimes carefully rehearsed in advance at Stillman's gymnasium, have an alarming tendency to wind up in either one or the other of these two unsatisfactory ways. Matchmaker Brown would be doing Trenton fans a favor if he would eliminate all-New York affairs completely from his Trenton shows.
1944-03-14 Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, NJ) (page 12)
The preliminaries, in keeping with the action-packed pattern of the windup, were among the best of the Trenton season. Eugene Burton, of New York, scored a smash hit with the fans by outpointing Philadelphia Charley Davis in a lively six-rounder.
Burton, a stablemate of Francis, is a former New York Daily News Golden Gloves champ, released recently from the army after 11 months in the service. Gene closed with a two-fisted flurry of punches to take a close verdict over Davis. The Philadelphian is a protege of Trentonian Jesse Goss. Burton weighed 141 and Davis 143.
Apr 3 Charley Davis W6 Arena, Trenton, NJ, USA
1944-04-03 Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, NJ) (page 14)
Eugene Burton, Jim Foster, Jimmy Green and Jose Torres probably will rule slight favorites to win in the four scheduled six-round bouts.
Burton, erstwhile New York Daily News Golden Gloves champ, will seek a second straight Trenton victory over Charlie Davis, Philadelphia Negro welterweight. Burton shaded Davis on the Ike Williams-Leo Francis show three weeks ago. Davis took that fight on short notice, but still made a fine showing. Tonight, having had the benefit of more training, Charlie hopes to turn the tables on his New York rival.
Burton, recently released from the army after 11 months of service, is managed by Charley Goodman, the pilot of Leo Francis. Davis is trained by Trentonian Jesse Goss.
1944-04-04 Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, NJ) (page 12)
Burton, New York 142-pounder, scored his second straight win over Charlie Davis, 142, Philadelphia, in another six-rounder. This bout had its flashes of good action, but wasn't nearly as lively as the previous sizzler between the same pair. They seemed to have gotten too well acquainted with each other in the intervening three weeks.
Apr 24 Johnny Cool W-KO4/6 Arena, Trenton, NJ, USA
1944-04-24 Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, NJ) (page 12)
A second eight-rounder on tonight's program pits Johnny Cool, former Philadelphian, against Eugene Burton, classy New York lightweight and former Daily News Golden Gloves champ. Cool, who now lives in Bayonne, bids fair to test Burton's two-fight Arena winning streak to the limit. Burton recently was released from the army after 11 months in the service.
1944-04-25 Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, NJ) (page 12)
Burton, former New York Golden Gloves champ, exploded a sudden left uppercut in the fourth round to dispose of Johnny Cool, Garfield 139-pounder. Cool found Burton an elusive target and grew careless about his defense as the fight progressed. Burton found just the opening he wanted in 1:32 of the fourth. Cool didn't stir until after Referee Valentine had tolled the fateful "10."
Jun 12 Bobby Root W6 Queensboro Arena, Long Island City, Queens, NY, USA
1944-06-13 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 35)
in sixes, Eugene Burton, 137 1/4, defeated Bobby Root, 138.
Sep 12 Santiago Sosa SCH8 Roosevelt Stadium, Union City, NJ, USA
Sep 12 Barry Carubia SCH8 Roosevelt Stadium, Union City, NJ, USA
Sep 14 Barry Carubia SCH8 Roosevelt Stadium, Union City, NJ, USA
Sep 19 Barry Carubia SCH8 Roosevelt Stadium, Union City, NJ, USA
1944-09-07 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 13)
Featuring the show will be an eight-round scrap between Santiago Sosa of Cuba and Eugene Burton of New York, a pair of slugging welterweight. Santiago made a dazzling debut in this country when he battled to a draw with Roy Peterson of the British West Indies in a punching bee at Union City a few weeks ago.
1944-09-08 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 14)
Barry Carubia, former amateur star, who is the new hope in Manager Bill Daly's stable, will oppose Eugene Burton, undefeated New York welterweight, in the eight-round feature of the USO boxing show Tuesday night at Roosevelt Stadium, Union City.
Carubia signed with Promoter Frank Paula yesterday to replace Santiago Sosa of Cuba after Sosa's managers had informed the promoter that the Cuban has taken a run-out on them. Rather than wait to see if Sosa could be located or if he were in shape if his handlers did find him, the promoter signed the new opponent for Burton.
1944-09-09 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 7)
When Gene Burton and Barry Carubia meet in the eight-round feature of the USO benefit boxing show Tuesday night at Union City's Roosevelt Stadium, two of New York's leading welterweight prospects will make their first appearance in Hudson County.
Burton, who combines colorful, slam-bang fighting with smartness, has not stuck close to home like his rival. He has been getting around, and in recent starts pleased Trenton and Hartford fans while upsetting Charlie Davis and Bobby Root, both formidable battlers.
1944-09-11 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 13)
While Carubia and Burton are strangers in Hudson, their records indicate they will maintain the reputations newcomers have made on the county's fistic stage this summer. And the incentive to headline the inaugural indoor show may serve to push them on a bit faster.
How pleasing Burton and Carubia have been so far can be gleaned from the big followings they have. Gene has done slightly better than Barry as far as winning is concerned, for he never has lost in 32 professional engagements. Carubia has suffered two losses in 27 "pro" fights after an illustrious amateur career, in which he won Golden Gloves and Diamond Belt titles.
The scrap shapes up as Carubia's toughest test so far. While the Italian idol has passed some difficult ones, it's questionable whether he ever tangled with a mixer like Burton. Gene operates much in the fashion of Joey Sulick, who maintained his undefeated status in Hudson last year. Like Sulick, Burton is a busy battler who throws punches tirelessly and at the same time mixes his slugging with skill. His clean slate is evidence enough of how well his combination of science and slug has been functioning.
Unlike Carubia, who has stuck close to Gotham, Gene has been getting around. He recently visited Trenton to beat Charlie Davis and invaded Hartford, Conn., to likc Bobby Root, a big favorite up that way.
1944-09-12 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 13)
Eugene Burton will test Barry Carubia in an eight-round clash of highly-regarded New York welterweights tonight at Union City's Roosevelt Stadium.
The scrap looks like Carubia's biggest test since he left his amateur titles behind him and went out to seek further fame and fortune in the professional ranks. He already has done well enough to be stamped as one of New York's best prospects, having held Golden Gloves and Diamond Belt titles and having won 25 of 27 fights as a professional. But now he faces a fighter with a better record.
Burton enters the scrap with a perfect slate. Unbeaten in 12 bouts, he comes here much as Joey Sulick did last year--not only with a spotless record but also with the reputation of being a rapid-fire puncher who supports his colorful slugging with plenty of savvy.
Gene has made himself known outside his home town. He recently visited Trenton and beat the capable Charlie Davis for the second time. Then he startled New England by conquering Bobby Root, new rage of Hartford, Conn., at Hartford.
While the busy Burton presents a problem for Carubia, the Italian idol is confident he will be able to solve it with his own combination of slug, speed and skill. He isn't worried over his first appearance outside of New York, for he expects to have a big delegation of rooters who will make him feel right at home.
1944-09-13 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 13)
Gene Burton, Barry Carubia and the other boxers in the USO benefit show at Roosevelt Stadium, Union City, will have to wait until tomorrow night to do their pegging of punches.
The rain forced a postponement of the program last night. At first, Promoter Frank Paula said the bouts would go on tonight, but one look at the weather this morning prompted him to hold over the card for another day.
1944-09-14 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 17)
Weather permitting, Eugene Burton and Barry Carubia will do their delayed battling tonight at Roosevelt Stadium, Union City, in the boxing show for the benefit of the Union City Servicemen's Club.
Burton and Carubia, the promising New Yorkers who collide in the eight-round feature, and the other boxers on the program are required to weigh in again today, according to state regulations. They will do it regardless of the weather, for Promoter Frank Paula intends to wait until the last minute before contemplating another postponement, even if rain threatens to wash out the show again.
In the event the weather man fails to cooperate once more, the promoter will hold over the complete card until next Tuesday night. He has lined up a bout between Freddie Dawson, unbeaten Chicagoan, who is one of the country's leading lightweights, and Charlie Davis of New York for next week, but would set that event--one of his best attractions of the season--back until the following Tuesday, if it is necessary to postpone the Carubia-Burton match again.
1944-09-15 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 13)
The inclement weather this week was rough on the boxers. It again forced a postponement last night of the Union City Servicemen's Club benefit show, originally slated for last Tuesday at Roosevelt Stadium, Union City. Promoter Frank Paula decided to hold the program over until next Tuesday night, with Barry Carubia and Eugene Burton, both of New York, mixing in the feature.
Sep 19 Johnny Bellus SCH8 Roosevelt Stadium, Union City, NJ, USA
Sep 20 Johnny Bellus W8 Roosevelt Stadium, Union City, NJ, USA
1944-09-18 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 12)
That Union City Servicemen's Club boxing program has been nothing but a headache to Promoter Frank Paula and he'll be the happiest individual in this locality tomorrow night when--and if--it is staged at Roosevelt Stadium, Union City.
Paula originally had Santiago Sosa and Eugene Burton paired for the feature bout but had to revise his plans when the first named boxer refused to go through with the bout. Barry Carubia was substituted but rain last Tuesday night forced a postponement until Thursday and the hurricane that night made it necessary for Paula to shift the show over until tomorrow evening.
Last night, Paula was advised that Carubia would be unable to go through with the bout tomorrow night for he was originally scheduled to box at New York's Broadway Arena tonight and can't fill his date with Burton.
Undaunted by the many setbacks he has encountered, Paula secured Johnny Bellis, a rough and rugged New York ringman, to oppose Burton.
1944-09-19 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 14)
If the weather man cooperates, the third annual boxing show for the benefit of the Union City Servicemen's Club will be held tonight at Roosevelt Stadium, Union City.
Featuring the program is an eight-round bout between Eugene Burton and Johnny Bellis, both of New York. Bellis is the third opponent to be named for Burton since Promoter Frank Paula originally arranged the program, which has been hounded by tough luck.
Misfortune started to flirt with the show when Santiago Sosa, the first foe named for Burton, took a run-out on his managers, who notified Promoter Paula in plenty of time to obtain a new opponent. The promoter then signed Barry Carubia, who was all set to compete last week but had to honor a previously-signed contract when the Union City show was rained out.
The wet weather last week forced three postponements of the bill, which had to be carried over until tonight. Since Carubia had signed to box last night at Brooklyn's Broadway Arena, he couldn't go through with the Burton bout. So Bellis was lined up. Now the promoter and Mayor Harry Thourot, who has been counting on the show to help support Union City's popular servicemen's headquarters, hope nothing new comes up to prevent the card from going on tonight.
The rugged Bellis, a seasoned scrapper, has his eyes on the new big arena Paul will have in Jersey City next month, and accepted the substitute's role against Burton with the hope of becoming a leading attraction at the modern indoor club. The promoter promised the winner of tonight's fight will get consideration for a place on the inaugural indoor card.
1944-09-20 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 13)
Maybe you heard this before, but the boxing show for the benefit of the Union City Servicemen's Club has been postponed. It will be held tonight at Roosevelt Stadium Union City, provided the skies are clear. The proviso has been connected with the show for more than a week now.
Yesterday's rain forced Promoter Frank Paula to postpone the program for the fourth time. He said last night that if the weather man doesn't make room for the card to go on this evening, he will hold it over until Friday night.
Eager to get the show out of the way, the promoter will disregard any threatening signs of the weather today, and wait until the last minute before reaching any decision about another postponement.
The program, which probably will be the county's last outdoors this year, will be featured by an eight-round bout between Eugene Burton, undefeated New York welterweight, and Johnny Bellis, also of New York.
Bellis, a seasoned battler who has made a habit of spoiling the rises of up-and-coming youngsters like Burton, is the third opponent named for Gene since plans originally were made for the show. However, he has had plenty of time to get ready, and expects to be in his best condition. In fact, his shorter training grind may have been more beneficial than the one Burton had. Gene has been in and out of the gym for extra workouts ever since the first postponement a week ago.
1944-09-21 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 14)
Eugene Burton's name today was added to the list of newcomers who have made good on first appearances in Hudson County boxing. Only his name wasn't Eugene Burton; it was Jean Bart.
Confusing? Well, after Burton had beaten Johnny Bellus, veteran from New Haven, Conn., in his Hudson debut last night at Roosevelt Stadium, Union City, his manager revealed the New York youngster is taking the name of Jean Bart for pugilistic purposes.
Bart, a former amateur star, won his 33rd straight bout when he outpointed the bald Bellus in an eight-round bout that featured the third annual show for the benefit of the Union City Servicemen's Club. He said after the fight there is a slight mistake about his record. He isn't unbeaten, he declared, for he lost his first professional fight--a six-round fray in which Ike Williams of Trenton, now one of the top lightweights, outpointed him at White Plains. Since then, though, nobody has beaten Jean.
The New York colored youth, who served in the army 11 months and received an honorable discharge last spring, is a smart, fast boxer with a good left hook. He seemed a bit rusty at times, probably because of the off-again, on-again training routine he had to follow in preparation for the fight, which was postponed four times. However, he still had plenty on the ball--and too much youth and speed for Bellus.
The New Haven veteran, who dropped a close decision to Billy Beauhuld and knocked out Joey Costa, when he visited Jersey City in 1937, wasn't as sharp as he was in his prime, but he made a gallant stand against Bart, and received plenty of cheers for his game, though losing, effort. He repeatedly troubled Jean with his smart work at close quarters, and Bart had to go at a sizzling pace in the last two rounds to put down a Bellus rally.
For a while in the fifth frame it didn't seem as though the veteran would be able to stand the pace, for Bart let go a furious assault that had the New Englander reeling. Then Bellus came out and surprised by winning the sixth. He kept tying up his younger foe and pounding him inside.
Bellus continued to be threatening in the seventh, but Bart stepped up the pace, forced most of the milling at long range, and won the session. That just about clinched the verdict for Jean, but he made sure of Referee Gene Roman's official award by winning the eighth, the most lopsided round of the fight. The New Yorker shot the works in the closing heat. He really poured it on with a stream of left hooks and occasional bolo rights.
Bart weighed 140, a half pound more than Bellus.
Oct 23 Johnny Chatman SCH6 Casino Hall, Scranton, PA, USA
Oct 23 Jimmy Buzzelli W-TKO3/6 Casino Hall, Scranton, PA, USA
1944-10-24 The Scranton Tribune (Scranton, PA) (page 13)
By CHIC FELDMAN
The failure of Johnny Chatman of Buffalo to catch the train resulted in a last minute substitution of Jimmy Buzzelli, the Old Forge teacher, as the foe of Eugene Burton, an ebony hued New York, and Jimmy did his best to make a fight out of it until early in the third when a left hook to the body dropped him. Referee Johnny Kelly didn't hesitate to count, which was the smart thing to do under the circumstances.
Burton, six pounds heavier at 140, lived up to the glowing advance notices from Harlem (where they rate him 'better than Ray Robinson') and can come back with the best talent in the region.
Nov 20 Buck Streator SCH6 Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Nov 20 Billy Nixon W-KO3/6 Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia, PA, USA
1944-11-21 The Philadelphia Inquirer and Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA) (page 25)
By JOHN WESTER.
Gene Burton, 140 1/2, Scranton, snapped a winning streak for Billy Nixon, 148 1/2, Philadelphia, when he twice floored him, and heard him counted out at 2.30 of the third. Rights to the body and head did it. Burton was a Golden Glover in Scranton, later in New York.
Dec 4 Bobby Winters W6 Laurel Garden, Newark, NJ, USA
1944-12-05 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 14)
NEWARK (AP) -- In six-round bouts Midget Mayo, 125, Philadelphia, won over Johnny Beaton, 118, Bay Head, by a technical knockout in 2:58 of the fourth round and Eugene Burton, 140, New York, outpointed Bobby Winters, 148 1/2, Philadelphia.
Dec 12 Jimmy Hatcher W-MD8 Convention Hall, Philadelphia, PA, USA
1944-12-13 The Philadelphia Inquirer and Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA) (pages 30, 31)
By JOHN WEBSTER
With bursts of shelling in the sixth and seventh periods, Gene Burton, 138, flashy New York Negro, gained a split decision victory over stubborn Jimmy Hatcher, 138, Lake City, S. C., veteran, in the eight-round semi-final. One judge called the bout a draw.
Hatcher, a fistic "cutey," made the going very tough for young Burton prior to the sixth when the latter's lashing left hooks to the head slowed down the Southerner. Burton's hooking was even more effective in the seventh, and Hatcher's grim battle in the eighth couldn't alter the result.
Dec 15 Ralph Walton W6 Boston Garden, Boston, MA, USA
1944-12-16 The Boston Daily Globe (Boston, MA) (page 2)
By CLIF KEANE
In the preliminaries, all six-rounders, Gene Burton, New York, defeated Ralph Walton, Portland, Me.
1944-12-16 The Boston Herald (Boston, MA) (page 4)
By W. A. HAMILTON
Gene Burton, New York lightweight, and a handy man with his fists, punched out a convincing six-round decision over Ralph Walton of Portland in a contest that held the fans' interest.
Dec 25 Dorsey Lay W-UD10 Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia, PA, USA
1944-12-25 The Philadelphia Inquirer and Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA) (page 16)
By JOHN WEBSTER
Lay, a graduate of the Diamond Belt Tournament, is a flashy boxer-hitter who has knocked out Dusty Brown, Maxie Starr, Vince Dell'Orto, George LaRover and Tommy Sloan in that period. It appears that he will draw a much more heated argument from Burton, who came out of New York Golden Gloves, however.
In his two showings here, Burton has knocked out Billy Nixon, an improving welter, and defeated Jimmy Hatcher, tricky and troublesome. Just a short time before Burton, a protege of Ray Robinson, outfought Hatcher on the Robinson-Sheik Rangel program, Hatcher had held Lay to a draw in the Garden.
From all indications, the meeting of the Negro striplings, both of whom are former G. I.'s, should develop into a stirring battle. Burton is rated a slight favorite off his two triumphs here, and we pick him as the probable winner.
1944-12-26 The Philadelphia Inquirer and Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA) (page 18)
By JOHN WEBSTER
Consistently taking the play from a nimble fellow who resolutely brought the battle to him, Gene Burton dealt out a sound beating to Dorsey Lay last night in the 10-round feature of the holiday boxing program at the Met before 1900 fight fans who paid $3447.
For six rounds, it was nip-and-tuck; then the harder, cleaner hitting of Burton, 138, New York, began to tell in the meeting of Negro lightweights. Though Lay, previously unbeaten in 1944, fought back furiously to the last bell, the last three periods were bitter ones for the Philadelphian, 138 1/2, who was waging his first at 10 rounds.
In gaining his third victory in as many tries here, Burton took the unanimous decision of Referee Dave Beloff (5-3-2) and Judges Charles Cunningham (7-1-2) and Eddie Loughran (5-4-1). On our scoresheet, Lay was credited with the second and fifth rounds, the other eight went to Burton.
Lay operated at top speed for six rounds; invariably he darted into action, stabbed, stuck and slashed with left hooks. He missed frequently when Burton, 7-5 favorite, rolled under hooks, and the latter countered to excellent advantage. Burton's hooks and crosses to head and body lashed Lay in most rounds, but Dorsey, a graduate of Diamond Belt battles, outmoved and outboxed the New Yorker in the second and fifth.
Exploding punches to the body in the seventh, Burton hurt the local lightweight, smashed him against the ropes with a head shot at the bell. In the eighth, Lay's spurts checked only briefly the stream of leather he stopped; it was his worst round, though a storm of left hooks to the head sent him spinning to the ropes in the ninth, and more head blows discouraged his valiant offensive notions in the 10th.
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Feb 5 Ben Faga W3 Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, NY, USA
1941-02-06 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 55)
last night's fifteen-bout Gloves program at Ridgewood Grove.
135-lb. Open Class
Eugene Burton, Salem Crescent, defeated Ben Faga, Flatbush Boys.
Feb 18 Albert Romanelli W3 Columbus Council, KC, Brooklyn, NY, USA
1941-02-19 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 62)
By Ray Bates
Another group of Golden Glovers battled their way into next week's Semi-Finals--but before gaining this distinction, registered a new record for trigger-quick action, which won the hearty acclaim of 2,100 fans at Columbus Council, KC, last night.
Gloves 1/4 Finals
Eugene Burton, Salem-Crescent AC, defeated Albert Romanelli, CYO.
Feb 26 Jerry Moore L3 Coliseum, Bronx, NY, USA
1941-02-27 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 52)
By Jack Mahon
The Salem-Crescent Club of New York, outstanding clinic of colored amateur boxing stars, placed 8 men out of 11 entrants in the Finals of the Golden Gloves, as the famed tourney's Semi-finals were concluded before 6,804 at the Bronx Coliseum last night.
Golden Gloves Semi-Finals
William Moore, Salem-Crescent, defeated Eugene Burton, Salem-Crescent. (3).
P.S. Moore's first name is erroneously given as William, but was listed correctly as Jerry in reports of other stages of the GG tournament, for example, when he lost eventually to William Smith in the final bout on March 3.
Feb 3 Russ Anzalone W3 Downtown AC gym, New York, NY, USA
1942-02-04 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 52)
By Ray Bates
The presence of Golden Gloves Coach Ed Eagan, middleweight champion of the Allied forces during World War I, encouraged lightweight Sub-Novices and Open veterans to show impressive form in an action-filled program of 18 bouts before an overflow crowd at the Downtown AC gym last night.
Eagan was greatly impressed with the fine fighting ability of Gillis and Dunne, as well as the sparkling performances of Gene Burton and Chester Williams, who chalked up their first Gloves victories.
Burton met a tartar in rugged Russ Anzalone. Russ withstood a fierce barrage for two heats, then staged a comeback in the third. But it was too late for Burton's early lead rated the nod.
Eugene Burton, Salem Crescent, defeated Russ Anzalone, Dept of Parks.
Feb 17 Anthony Lerro W-KO1 St. Peter and Paul Hall, New York, NY, USA
1942-02-18 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 58)
By Ray Bates
battles in Golden Gloves history last night. Their toe to toe slugging brought continual yelps of joy from the 1,200 Bronx spectators who crowded into St. Peter and Paul Hall to watch 16 Quater-Final bouts.
Pat Dunne, U. S. Coast Guard; Doc Henry, last year's Sub-Novice champ; Gene Burton, Salem Crescent star, and Chester Williams, all lightweight Open contenders, spiced the action-filled card by scoring thrilling wins.
ST. PETER AND PAUL HALL
Eugene Burton, Salem Crescent, stopped Anthony Lerro, unattached, (1).
Feb 25 Doc Henry W3 Coliseum, Bronx, NY, USA
1942-02-26 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 46)
By Dick McCann
One of the greatest heavyweight fights--pro or amateur--in recent days and one of the biggest upsets in Golden Gloves history shared the spotlight last night as 19 youngsters survived the second-half of the '42 Semi-Finals at the Bronx Coliseum.
Henry's upset in the 135-pound Open left both him and the fans gasping. The '41 Sub-Novice champ was an overwhelming favorite to whip his teammate, but Burton, a beauty parlor helper, gave him a facial in the first, a singe in the second and a marcel in the third.
Golden Gloves Semi Results
Eugene Burton, Salem Crescent, defeated Doc Henry, Salem Crescent.
Mar 2 Patrick Dunne W3 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA
1942-03-03 Daily News (New York, NY) (pages 38, 40)
By Dick McCann
A new peak in beak-punching was set last night at the Garden as 16 youths were crowned Golden Gloves Champions of 1942. Some 16,503 fans got their fill of thrills in the 19-bout program which was studded with five knockouts
In one of the best fights of the evening, Gene Burton, 19-year-old Salem Crescent star, decisioned Patrick Dunne, 22-year-old Coast Guardsman, for the 135-pound Open diadem. Burton had too much experience and speed for the game Guardsman, and beat him to the punch most of the way.
Golden Gloves Finals Results
Eugene Burton, Salem Crescent, defeated Patrick Dunne, U. S. Coast Guard.
Mar 16 Felix Stevens W3 Coliseum, Bronx, NY, USA
1942-03-17 Daily News (New York, NY) (pages 44, 46)
By Dick McCann
Eighteen knockouts featured the opening of the three-night Tournament of Champions at the Coliseum last night before 5,517 fans. The 47-bout program, which was rioted in two different rings at the same time, saw Syracuse's crack Golden Gloves squad make a strong bid for the team title by placing seven men in the second round which will be fought at the Coliseum tonight.
Survivors will move into the Garden tomorrow night for the semi-finals and finals of the eight divisions from flyweight to heavyweight.
The other New York victories were unclouded. Burton easily outpointed Felix Stevens, a sailor from Norfolk Naval Base, fighting under the Virginia AAU colors
Golden Gloves Summaries
Eugene Burton, News Welfare decisioned Felix Stevens, Virginia Association.
1942-03-18 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 60)
By Dick McCann
New York Light-heavyweight Clent Conway and Lightweight Gene Burton qualified with Carollo by drawing byes to give the News' team three places in the semi-finals. Tied with the locals were Philadelphia, Newark and Buffalo with three semi-finalists apiece.
Mar 18 Joe Lucignano W3 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA
Mar 18 Robert McQuillan W3 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA
1942-03-19 Daily News (New York, NY) (pages 50, 52)
By Dick McCann
last night in the Madison Square Garden ring. ... the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions before 15,119. Carollo was one of the three New York Glovers to win, Pvt. Clent Conway annexing the light-heavyweight title and Gene Burton, 19-year-old messenger, the lightweight crown.
Burton, a messenger boy who can really deliver the goods, won the 135-pound crown by a shivery shave from Buffalo's Robert McQuillan, hight school student who, last year lost out in the finals to New York's Charley Davis. In his semi-final scuffle, Burton had an easy time of it, outpointing Joe Lucignano, 18-year-old Hoboken machinist. His finals' foe, McQuillan, breezed through the semi-finals with a 59-second kayo of Washington's Charley Petro.
Eugene Burton, News Welfare, defeated Robert McQuillan, Buffalo Courier Express.
Burton defeated Joe Lucignanon, Hudson Dispatch.
Mar 30 Morris Corona L3 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA
1942-03-30 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 36)
By Dick McCann
A tale of fifty-two cities will be told tonight in 16 sock-filled, thrill-soaked chapters. It's the wind-up of the '42 Golden Gloves season which has seen 35,000 boys battle in 52 cities for tonight's flood-lighted roles in the Garden where the Western champions, sponsored by The Chicago Tribune Charities, and the Eastern title-holders, under The News Welfare Association's banner, clash in the 15th annual Inter-City matches.
The eight Western champions and eight alternates, survivors of Chicago's Tournament of Champions, are favored to maintain their spell over the Eastern squad, who emerged from the New York Tournament of Champions. Chicago hasn't been beaten in these Inter-City matches since '34. New York managed to get ties in '36 and '40. But, in every other duel during this seven-year streak of bad luck, the Easterners have bowed.
The championship pairings, with the Easterner named first, will be:
135-POUNDS--Eugene Burton, New York, vs. Morris Corona, Ft. Worth, Texas.
1942-03-31 Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, IL) (page 21)
BY WILFRID SMITH.
Morris Corona, Chicago, beat Eugene Burton, New York .
Burton fought a boring-in type of battle, but while he had the better of the punching in close, Corona leveled on him twice with a long right to the head. Corona was warned for backhanding. The boys feinted and boxed cleverly and the crowd enjoyed their showmanship. Burton had a shade of the first round.
Corona caught Burton with a sharp right and the New Yorker took a count of two coming up just before the third second. He rushed and they traded punches in close. The boys fought out of a clinch and traded rights as they marched across the ring. Burton was short with a left hook. The New Yorker's right glanced from the side of Corona's head. Burton hammered with a right to the ribs in a clinch.
They traded punches in close and each had little defense for the other's long leads. They hammered away on even terms and the decision might be as near a draw as one could find in the tournament. The bout was awarded to Corona.
1942-03-31 Daily News (New York, NY) (pages 40, 43)
By Dick McCann
into the flood-lighted Garden arena and, before 16,671 thrill-chilled fans ... and give New York a 9-7 triumph in the 15th Annual Inter-City matches.
It was tied up again at 4-4 when the West's Morris Corona, 23-year-old oilworker from Fort Arthur, Tex., was awarded a much-booed decision over New York's Gene Burton, 19-year-old beauty shop messenger, to become 135-pound champ. It seemed Burton's two-fisted tattoo on Corona's body in the second and third rounds gave him the edge, but the officials ruled for the Westerner who had advantages of reach and speed over Burton. The New Yorker was down once in the second, half from a punch and half from a slip, for a count of three.
Inter-City Golden Gloves Summaries
Morris Corona, West, defeated Eugene Burton, East.
May 25 Douglas Ratford W4 St. Nicholas Arena, New York, NY, USA
1942-05-26 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 40)
In fours: Eugene Burton, 134, defeated Douglas Ratford, 137.
Sep 1 Bobby Williams W6 Queensboro Arena, Long Island City, Queens, NY, USA
1942-09-02 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 63)
In sixes: Eugene Burton, 134 3/4, defeated Bobby Williams, 136.
Oct 20 Ike Williams L-KO4 Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY, USA
1942-10-21 The Herald Statesman (Yonkers, NY) (page 13)
In the remaining six rounder, Ike Williams, 131, Trenton Negro, scored a surprise knockout over Eugene Burton, 136, of Harlem. In 1.16 of the fourth round. Up to that time Williams was being outpointed by the bobbing and weaving Burton. But Ike found Gene with a smashing left hook to the jaw to drop the Harlemite for a nine count. Burton was reeling when he regained his feet, but nodded to the referee that he wished to continue. Williams, however, changed his mind for him, and knocked Burton cold with another left hook.
Nov 23 Charley Williams W6 Laurel Garden, Newark, NJ, USA
1942-11-24 The Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) (page 15)
In the other bouts, all six-rounders, Eugene Burton, 135, New York, defeated Charley Williams, 138, Newark.
Nov 30 Bobby Gunther W-UD6 Valley Arena, Holyoke, MA, USA
1942-12-01 Springfield Daily Republican (Springfield, MA) (page 9)
By GEORGE B. KELLEHER.
The six-rounder which followed the feature attraction didn't excite the fans much. Bob Guenter of Philadelphia, 135, dropped the decision to Gene Burton of New York, 134 1/2. Burton, a stablemate of Beau Jack's, was the busier of the two and took all three votes of the officials. It was the first defeat of Guenter in three starts in the local club.
Dec 18 Charley Williams W4 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA
1942-12-19 Brooklyn Eagle (Brooklyn, NY) (page 6)
By HARROLD PARROTT
Gene Burton took a four from Charley Williams on strength and a real punch.
1942-12-19 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 32)
Eugene Burton, 135, New York, beat Charley Williams, 137 1/2, Newark, (4).
Feb 1 Charley Roberts W6 St. Nicholas Arena, New York, NY, USA
1943-02-02 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 36)
In the six-round semi-final: Eugene Burton, 133 3/4, defeated Charley Roberts, 138.
Apr 26 Willard Hogan D6 St. Nicholas Arena, New York, NY, USA
1943-04-27 Daily News (New York, NY) (page 45)
In sixes. Willard Hogan, 138 1/4, and Eugene Burton, 131 3/4, drew.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Lewis had the better of six rounds; two, the fifth and sixth, were clearly Britton's, and the first and seventh could be called even without injuring either man's reputation.
In spite of the many rehearsals between this pair, the bout last night was sensationally fast, particularly the fourth and eighth rounds, when Lewis had Britton jarred from one-two punches to the jaw. Jack fought back fiercely, and the crowd roared approval as the men battled chest to chest in midring.
Lewis did his best work at long range, nailing Britton with stiff straight lefts to the face. Several times, too, Ted caught Jack on the side of the jaw with wicked right chops that spun the champion right around on his feet.
1917-06-15 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY) (page 10)
Ted (Kid) Lewis fought a great battle against Jack Britton of Chicago in the St. Nicholas Rink last night, but Teddy weakened toward the end and Britton was entitled to the decision. In the first three rounds of battling Lewis was the aggressor, but the Englishman's punches were missing, and the ones that did not miss were blocked by the holder of the welterweight title. When the men came into the ring Joe Humphries announced that Britton had weighed in at 146½, while Lewis had tipped the beam at 144¼ pounds.
It was evident from the start that the fight was to be fast. Both men plunged in, and though Lewis looked to be battling hard, Britton's cleverness offset the Englishman's rushes. But at that Ted managed to land enough blows to get a lead in the first four rounds. From then on there was a different aspect to the battle. Britton began to fight. The manner in which he punched Lewis' body caused Jimmy Johnson's champion to weaken. The craftiness of Britton was very evident.
From the fifth to the end of the ninth rounds it was Britton's fight. He managed to block or get away from the punches aimed at him, and at the infighting game he was the master. In the last round Lewis made a rally, but it was not enough to give him the verdict. Except for a badly puffed nose on the part of Lewis, both fighters were unmarked at the last.
1917-06-15 The Evening Telegram (New York, NY) (page 10)
Britton was probably the more effective when he got home, but the peppery Lewis was a particularly busy proposition in a majority of the sessions. He proved an adept at holding immediately following his frequent landing of leads and swings, many of which, however, landed around his man's neck.
The champion fought in his usual nonchalant, "don't give a rap whether I'm outpointed or not" style and appeared "under wraps" most of the time. At other times he was most effective with his right hook to the body, which was apparently not relished by the Englishman. Britton's jabs at times had plenty of steam behind them, but there was not that continuation of effort seen which is felt to be in his makeup, but which is so seldom seen in his battles.
There was no period when either was in any serious difficulty. The men have met so frequently that in all likelihood each knows every move of the other. There were some well staged mix-ups which had the partisans of each on edge yelling for each to deal out a finishing punch, but that appears to be as far off as when they first engaged in battle, which was some dozen bouts or so back. With honors even coming into the concluding session there was a deal of ineffective mixing which looked fierce enough with the only result that in this instance Lewis was the one to come off with whatever honor is involved in getting the verdict.
1917-06-15 The Evening World (New York, NY) (page 16)
Britton and Lewis Box Fast Draw at St. Nicholas Rink.
Jack Britton, now generally recognized as the welterweight champion of the world and Ted Lewis, who claims the European title, are at liberty to play the rest of their circuit. Their twelfth bout, or their one hundred and fifty-sixth round of boxing, was fought last night at the St. Nicholas Rink and at the finish the question of supremacy was as much in the air as ever. It was a good, fast draw.
Lewis didn't put over his promised knockout, but it wasn't because he didn't try. Countless times during the evening he swung his right with all his might, and if he didn't entirely miss landing he only managed to graze Jack's head, the clever local boxer always "riding away" with the punches.
The men fought at top speed all the way, and it is not hard to understand why they put up such even battles, as they know one another's styles so well and both are so adept at the manly art that they anticipate one another's moves and of course sidestep or block as the blows come their way.
Lewis started off as though he was confident of stopping Britton in short order. He was in the best of shape and put every ounce of steam he possesses back of his wallops, but as we said before, Jack was not on hand to receive the goods when or where they were delivered.
Towards the end of the bout Lewis slowed up considerably. This was not only because he saw it was practically useless to hit Britton "on the button," but because Britton greatly weakened him with a continuous bombardment in his mid-section.
It was odd to see these two clever ring performers pursuing different modes of warfare. Lewis usually was doing his best to drop one on Jack's chin that would spell curtains. Britton seldom tried to reach the head, but confined his hitting to Ted's body. One practically offset the other, with Britton once or twice landing the most effective blows, left hooks to the stomach that made Lewis double up and so temporarily paralyzing his muscles that his arms hung limp at his sides.
Britton's ability to just step back and cause Lewis's blows to fall to land by a fraction of an inch was a treat to watch. He was as cool as a cucumber throughout while Lewis displayed great eagerness to score a knockout and his face showed disappointment when he found he couldn't perform this feat.
When the bout was over and they were dressed for the street nobody would have guessed that they had just emerged from a slashing ten-round battle. If they had just quit playing checkers they couldn't have been less scathed.
"I would like to get Britton in another twenty-round match," said Lewis, after the bout. "It is pretty hard to stop him in ten, but now I think I have so much more stamina than he that I would surely wear him down over the distance."
Britton weighed 146 1-2 pounds and Lewis 144 1-4.
1917-06-15 The New York Herald (New York, NY) (page S5)
Ted Lewis proved his superiority over Jack Britton, welterweight boxing champion, in their thirteenth bout in the roped arena, fought at the St. Nicholas Rink last night. The one-time English title holder earned his victory by outpointing Britton in seven of ten rounds.
Chopping right hand blows dealt from the elbow in a way employed by Kid McCoy, coupled with an aggressiveness not too frequently displayed by his opponent, contributed heavily to Lewis' success. Britton seemed to box at times under a restraining influence. Although Britton's most effective blows were those which he delivered to the body with such force in the fifth and sixth rounds as to cause his opponent to double up, he tried for the head in many others.
Britton's right hand blows directed at the jaw were not given the freedom of action one had a right to look for from a man whose purpose was the accomplishment of a knockout. But it was a bout that seemed to please all who attended. The eighth round in particular was a slashing affair, the men fighting toe to toe during the greater part of the three minutes.
1917-06-15 The New York Times (New York, NY) (page 10)
Chicago Welterweight Divides the Honors of Bout with Englishman.
In fact after the first few rounds Britton settled down to his task, and taking the lead away from Lewis, forced him with a punishing attack to the stomach. The Chicagoan, incidentally, directed his efforts almost solely to Lewis's stomach, and the effects of this hammering was plainly noticeable as the contest progressed, and Lewis slowed perceptibly. Lewis earned the second, third, and fourth rounds; Britton got the fifth, sixth, and ninth, and the remainder were even.
In the early stages of the bout Britton was unsteady and wild and landed few effective blows. Lewis, carrying the fighting, aimed blows for the jaw, but the majority went wide or were taken easily by Britton, who "rode" with them. Quite a few blows were landed in the second, third and fourth rounds by Lewis, however, which shook up the title holder and made him wary, but Lewis, while his dashing style attracted the eye of the spectator, was unable to get past Britton's close guard with a clean, really damaging blow.
Lewis was evidently somewhat tired from his efforts in the first four rounds and in the fifth Britton took the lead. The Chicagoan found his rival a comparatively easy target for heavy blows to the stomach, and Britton sent these home with both hands, making little or no attempt to reach Lewis's face except with an occasional left hand jab; in the sixth session the title holder followed the same style of boxing. His cleverness and more effective hitting, coupled with his coolness in the face of Lewis's spasmodic rallies, earned him his share of the honors. Britton weighed 146½ pounds and Lewis 144¼ pounds.
1917-06-15 The Standard Union (Brooklyn, NY) (page 12)
Jack Britton and Ted Kid Lewis battled ten rounds to a draw last night at St. Nicholas Rink.
1917-06-15 The Sun (New York, NY) (page 13)
Welter Champion Held to Even Terms by Englishman in Their 12th Meeting.
The only way to decide the supremacy between Jack Britton, the American welterweight champion, and Kid Lewis, his English rival, is in a bout of twenty-five rounds or more. That much was shown in their ten round tilt in the St. Nicholas S. C. last night. It was the twelfth meeting of the two and as usual the bout ended with the honors in doubt. The only decision Referee Kid McPartland could have rendered, had he been empowered to do so would have been "a draw."
Lewis started out as if he intended to annihilate Britton. Ted shaded Jack in the first round and put it all over the champion in the second and third. Getting inside with rapid fire lefts and rights to the body, in the fourth Britton gained an even break in that round.
Keeping inside with his body bombardment and occasionally using a left hook to the head and crossing a right to the jaw, Britton took the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth rounds. The ninth, like the fourth was even, and by a whirlwind finish in the tenth Lewis took that round and gained an even break. Britton had four rounds, Lewis four and two were even.
Heretofore, Lewis did most of his execution with his left hook. He is a master with that blow. During the early rounds last night Ted used his right to good advantage. Britton, by beating the Kid to that punch by getting inside with drives to the body, turned the tide in the fourth.
Britton's body bombardment took the steam out of Lewis, brought him off his toes and slowed him up considerably. While he was up on his toes in the first three rounds Lewis landed at will with clean lefts and rights. The punches to heart and wind slowed him up, however, and between the fourth and the last rounds Britton had little difficulty in getting inside with snappy lefts and rights.
Once in the second round and twice in the third Lewis rocked Britton with right hand punches to the point of the jaw. Early in the fourth Lewis, employing a left shift, crashed home flush to the jaw for the most damaging blow of the bout. It shook the champion from head to heel. Britton's head cleared quickly, however, and he uncorked a fierce rally. He backed Ted about the ring and landed smashing lefts and rights to heart and wind.
As the bout progressed Britton frequently bluffed Lewis off with his right. All Jack at times had to do to keep Ted on the defensive was to poise that right hand.
The weights were announced as Britton, 146½ pounds; Lewis, 144¼ pounds.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
COLISEUM CROWD WAITS 2 HOURS TO SEE TAME SETTO
Only Knockout Landed Was by Ted Lewis, Who Floored Old General Interest.
GUARANTEES TOO HEAVY
Receipts of $1947 Insufficient to Cover Sums Promised to Britton and Foe.
Boxing may exist in the State of Missouri, but St. Louisans are more ready to declare it is in a state of coma. A long series of blows, culminating last night at the Coliseum in a good-night soak right in the middle of the public's patience sent $1947 worth of paid admissions home with a "never-again-for-mine" glare in their soul-windows.
The facts are these: Jack Britton, billed as the "welterweight champion," and Ted Lewis, his partner in 10 previous ring encounters, were to have fought 12 rounds, starting somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 o'clock last night. At 12:03 this morning they began a 10-round exhibition which never for a moment aroused even a thrill of nervousness in the minds of Judge and Mrs. Granville Hogan who were among those present at or near the ringside.
For two hours the house whistled, stamped and cat-called in vain. Ted Lewis insisted on having his financial guarantee, which was not in the house. Tommy Sullivan, president and fall guy of the Future City A. C., with true promoting instinct, had tried to chop the guarantee to save himself. In the vernacular, Tommy was on the "nut" about $2500 and the sum was not in sight anywhere.
Britton took $800 of his $1000 guarantee gracefully and accepted a check. Gershon Mendeloff, who gets his money under the name Ted Lewis, lived up to his racial tradition by demanding the cash, and got most of it.
Britton was in the ring ready to box at 11:20 o'clock, but it was 11:47 before Lewis succeeded in wresting the last buck from Promoter Sullivan, after which he strolled into the ring, to the accompaniment of cat-calls, boos and jeers.
At midnight approximately, announcer Frank Witt stilled the maddening throng with uplifted hand.
"Ladies and gentlemen," he began, "I wish to announce that the card for next Tuesday night, --" here a roar like the bursting of Johnstown dam overwhelmed Witt's voice, a roar of laughter and derision which seemed to insinuate that next Tuesday's receipts will not be enough to fill a microbe's fob pocket.
Following on the many disappointments experienced in Coliseum bouts of late, old General Interest and his army of boxing fans are now executing a strategic retreat to the Pine street front, where Brooklyn T. Sullivan will entrench behind the color line.
The fight itself? No ring horrors shocked or thrilled the many women present. It was a very lady-like show.
It may be said that while Ted Lewis did not clinch the welterweight title last night, he clinched the welterweight champion hard and often. After each lead, which he generally landed, Lewis obtained a firm clutch on Britton and clung tenaciously to prevent body damage, awaiting a chance to break free without getting stung.
But for this tendency to clinch it might be said that Lewis outclassed Britton in the boxing done, winning practically every round but one, and landing some fairly hard blows to body and head. He seemed to entertain an entirely needless fear that Britton would cut loose and hurt him; but Britton was innocuous. If that was his championship best, then he is as far away from the title as Bat Nelson--almost.
Britton, in brief, was lethargic, not in the best of shape and harmless. There were no knockdowns, although Britton went to the floor from losing his balance once.
The bout would have been accounted a fair exhibition had fans been in a good humor--which they were not. Their temper was not helped by the fact that just after the semi-windup they had kicked in to a "pass-the-hat" proposition to the tune of many dollars, for "Jimmy Dunn" of New York, who, under the plea that he needed money for an operation on his eyes, was allowed to make a sotto voce speech and collect.
Kid Bandy frightened Red Cole out of all the boxing he knew and won a mile in the semi-windup.
Happy Howard who ought to know more boxing than Young Welsh, missed everything he started after, in the preliminary, except his end of the purse. Young Welsh won the bout, which did not seem to erase the smile from Howard's face.
That "next bout" will take place at the Future City A. C. No more Coliseum stuff for Tommy Sullivan, he says. The place is a hoodoo. Vic Moran, who signed the registration lists in St. Louis June 5, will battle Young Denny of New Orleans, according to the announcement Frank Witt tried, but was not allowed to make.
Lewis is matched to meet Mike O'Dowd next Thursday. Lewis is in splendid shape and had the inducements been right there is little doubt that Britton would have been hard pressed to save his crown. Lewis will be heard from on the title end of the welterweight honors ere many months.
1917-06-07 The St. Louis Star (St. Louis, MO) (page 15)
The onus of guilt for the fiasco must be borne by the promoters. Their contracted obligations to public and fighters were not carried out. A twelve-round exhibition was advertised and only ten supplied. The fighters did not receive the amount promised. Some fans paid $2 to see the bouts; others went through the side door for 50 cents.
The bout should never have been scheduled. It was a love feast instead of a battle. Britton and Lewis had met ten times before being matched here. Practically the same burlesque followed as the one staged between Dillon and Brown, which brought a blight on boxing here.
Less than 1,500 fans turned out. The gate receipts were so far below the guarantee given the fighters that they refused to enter the ring until nearly midnight, despite the fact that the semi-windup was over at 10 o'clock. The Dear Old Public was compelled to forfeit about 3,000 hours of precious sleep while the battlers and their handlers were quibbling with Promoter Sullivan and his advisers over the payment of the guarantee.
Lewis was to receive $1,000 and transportation, while Britton's guarantee was $200 lower. There was less than $1,500 cash in the tills when Tommy Sullivan counted the receipts, although the tickets taken in at the door indicated a $2,000 house. The club hadn't received the cash for tickets disposed of through outside agencies, but the boxers refused to take part payment and wait for the rest. These fellows were "Pay-as-you-enter-the-ring" pugilists. "Cash or not bout" was the ultimatum. Finally Sullivan compromised by giving them what money he had on hand and checks for the balance.
At 11 o'clock, Announcer Witt informed the weary spectators that the bout would start in a few minutes. Twenty minutes later Jack Britton entered the ring. Then ensued another delay. Lewis did not appear until 11:45. It was 12 o'clock midnight before the engagement got under way. Owing to the late start the match was cut down to ten rounds.
Lewis took the aggressive at the start of the bout and played on Britton's face with a left jab. Britton came back with a couple of hooks at close range, and the Englishman immediately resorted to the dancing game. Britton had to bore in to put over an effective punch. Lewis usually caught him in a clinch at this style. The Englishman did his best to put up a running fight, but Britton's ring generalship prevented the Britisher from slipping away after a lead.
Lewis displayed his greatest skill at ducking blows while waiting for Britton to run into a clinch. Britton registered most of his points on jabs and short uppercuts to the body during the periods of infighting. Lewis also relied on his left for jabbing purposes, but seemed to prefer the right for hooks and straight punches.
The Londoner also used a one-two punch effectively. After going through nine rounds of decidedly tame boxing, the boxers rallied for a whirlwind finish.
Lewis showed an inclination to box Britton at his own style in this round and Britton responded to the invitation by driving his "Meal Ticket" before him with body punches and hooks to the jaw.
About a minute before the round ended, Lewis surprised with a terrific right swing which seemed to daze Britton for a moment, and as Lewis rushed in to follow up this advantage, the American fell into a defensive pose, which he maintained until the end.
The semi-windup between Kid Bandy and Red Cole was easily the best feature of the evening. Bandy won the bout on points. The "South Side Slasher" waded into Cole from the start. Cole seemed to be unable to fathom his opponent's style until along about the sixth, when he rallied and put up a whirlwind finish, which came too late to overcome Bandy's tremendous lead.
Young Welsh defeated Happy Howard in the curtain-raiser.
1917-03-26 Ted (Kid) Lewis ND12 Jack Britton [Queen City Athletic Club, Heuck’s Theater, Cincinnati, OH, USA]
Quite a number of local boxing fans, who have seen both Ted Lewis and Jack Britton in action, went down to Cincinnati, Monday night to see for themselves just how the champion manages to get decisions over the Englishman. Lewis is the big favorite with the Dayton boxing fraternity while Britton has never been a scream here and the folks in these parts simply couldn't understand how Britton got that verdict in 20 rounds at New Orleans and was awarded the title. And now they are more puzzled than ever for in the Monday night encounter they saw Lewis give Britton one of the neatest trimmings handed out in a ten round go in a long while and win the popular decision by a mile. If one did not know the boxers he would never have dreamed Britton was the champion, as the latter showed little nor nothing but that old familiar left jab and the knack of keeping his jaw away from those rights and lefts which he knows Lewis possesses. Fighting just the same way he did when he battled Young Neil and Eddie Moha in this city,
Lewis went out and made the fight and he was the first boxer seen in these parts to make Britton try something besides stand off and jab. Realizing the decision was going against him Britton tried everything in the closing rounds, but barring the eighth he was able to accomplish little. At the end of the mill Lewis had four rounds, Britton two, and four were even with Lewis having the hair in all of them. Britton won the eighth by a mile and had a shade in the ninth, but the third, fifth and sixth were easy for Lewis and in the tenth he outclassed Britton, hammering the champion around the ring and apparently having the latter very tired at the finish. While Britton seemed to be the favorite with the Cincinnati folks during the bout practically all of them admitted the fight belonged to Lewis at the finish.
The more one sees of Ted Lewis the better one likes his work. The Englishman is a real wonder for his weight, and he is the one lad with a reputation who is willing to fight all the time he is in the ring. After watching him it is easy to figure why he is so popular with the fans, and as Frankie Mantell, witnessed the bout, said, "That kid surely likes to fight." After the men had been weighed and examined in the afternoon, Lewis was asked what he was going to do with Britton, and he said: "I was never in better shape and Jack Britton might just as well take that left hand and throw it out of the window for all the good it is going to do him tonight. He hasn't got a chance to beat me and you people will admit tonight that I am not boasting just to hear myself talk." Well, the conversation did sound a little bit like that usual stuff before the mill, but the scrap put up by Ted in the evening showed he knew whereof he spoke. He not only defeated Britton, but he was the one responsible for giving the fans of Cincinnati one of the best bouts they have ever witnessed. It was not the usual contest between two clever men, but at times took on the aspect of a real slugging match, with Lewis doing practically all of the heavy work. Ted's foot work was brilliant and he never slowed up save in the eighth and ninth, when he seemed to be suffering from a low blow delivered by Britton at the start of the eighth. In the ninth Lewis was content to rest and clinch to get back his steam, and he surely recovered it, for his finish in the tenth was of the whirlwind order. It was a tired Britton who walked to his corner at the end of the bout.
Asked what he thought of his bout with Eddie Moha in this city next Monday evening, Lewis was very frank, "I ought to trim him again, but whether I knock him out or not is a different manner. Eddie is not nearly as clever at avoiding punishment as Britton and for that reason I ought to be able to hit him a good deal oftener, but at the same time he is as tough as they make them and he has to get a good wallop to go down. Then there is another thing to be considered and that is Eddie can hit a good crack with either mitt and when you are battling a boy of this kind you can never be too careful. He was a much harder nut to crack the last time than I expected and the result will likely depend on whether or not he has improved. Just the same I expect to win, but I would be foolish to say I look for a cinch with the lad, who sent me to the floor the last time we fought. I don't go into any of these matches looking for a cinch. I always try to fight my best and if the other fellow is willing to do the same, there is bound to be plenty of action for the fans." All of which was said in anything but a boasting manner by a lad who talks just as sensibly out of the ring as he performs in it.
1917-03-27 Dayton Evening Herald (Dayton, OH) (page 14)
Judging from the way Ted Lewis took the measure of Jack Britton at Cincinnati Monday night, local fans will see some real slugging when the youthful Englishman stacks up against Eddie Moha at the Dayton Gymnastic club next Monday night. Fans who journeyed down to see the Queen city mill were treated to a real surprise in that the two welters, who are supposed to be the last thing in ring cleverness, stood toe to toe and slugged away for ten rounds. The second surprise of the evening was the way Jimmy Johnston's lad handled the clever Britton, winning eight of the ten rounds.
Six times before have the two met and each time Ted has given the champ an awful run for the honors. Two of the previous mills were won by Lewis and two went to Britton, while the rest were no-decision affairs. And while the Monday evening mill will go down in the no verdict column, Lewis was the real winner.
Lewis' great left hand played all sorts of tricks with Britton during the course of the evening and critics were astonished at the inability of Morgan's fighter to cope with it. The crafty Britton tried all of his tricks but they were of no avail and Ted continued to pile up his lead until he had the bout cinched. From the outset of the fight it was evident that there was no love lost between the men as Lewis opened the session with a left twister to Britton's jaw which nearly upset the champ. From then on it was a continuation of wallops and only in the eighth did Morgan's man have a shade. In that period Jack slammed the Kid on the jaw and he went down, but was up before the count started and right at work again.
At all times was Lewis able to break through Britton's defense, while on the other hand the champ, on most occasions, was unable to get by the guard set by the English lad. Again Lewis showed that the title of fighter-boxer was rightfully placed by his tremendous wallops.
Barring any kind of accidents Lewis should be in tip-top shape for his mill here next week, and can be counted on to give Moha the battle of his life. A lot of fans figure that he will put the Cream city kid down for the count in the early rounds, but Moha is a tough bird and likely to spring a surprise. Last year when the two met it was one of the first important bouts Eddie had participated in and he was naturally nervous. But with a year of hard work behind him he should do much better and the probabilities are that Lewis will be kept quite busy.
1917-03-27 The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH) (page 6)
From the very start it was evident that there was no love lost between the two men. Lewis started off by planting his right on Britton's jaw for a twister. Back came Jack, determined not to let Lewis repeat the trick, but to the surprise of all Ted waded in and piled rights and lefts on Jack's face and body without a second's let-up.
"Wait till Jack gets started," shouted some one in Britton's corner. And the crowd waited. But there was no evidence of Britton getting started till the contest was nearly over. Lewis was at him like a tiger and performed wonderful stunts with his great left hand. Britton tried all his tricks, but they were of no avail. Lewis continued to pile up his lead, and there was no change in the situation until the eighth round, when Britton came out of his corner with a rush and soaked Ted right square on the jaw. The blow almost upset Lewis, but he managed to stay on his feet. Jack tore in again and sent home some very effective left handers. The blows had their effect, and Ted was very glad when the round was over. Britton kept up his good work in the ninth round and earned the shade beyond a question of doubt, but in the final round Lewis took on new life and made a whirlwind finish.
The sports could not account for Britton's inability to cope with Lewis. In all their previous fights Jack proved the stronger and more aggressive fighter, but last night Lewis did all the forcing and most of the clean punching. His work was a revelation to old-time ring fans, many of whom said that they had never seen his equal. Britton put forth his very best licks, but had no excuse. He was up against it for fair, and there was no question as to the winner.
Britton went into the ring a big favorite, and the sports went broke on him. He has always been highly regarded in his chosen profession in the Queen City, but the wise ones have to admit that Lewis is a comer, and it will be a long time before a man can be found capable of knocking him out.
Besides the main event there were four six-round bouts. The preliminaries were fast and exciting. Frankie Bowinkle, the Dayton Kid, scored his first victory as a professional when he defeated Young Camiel in six rounds. This was some battle, and the result was uncertain until the last round, when Bowinkle came like a race horse and won hands down.
Two colored fighters, Bobby Dobbs II, and Battling Monroe, furnished as interesting six-round go as one would care to see. Dobbs knows a whole lot about boxing and fought like a champion. He won the decision, but Brother Munroe was there forty ways from the jack and the sports thoroughly enjoyed the fun.
The contest between "Slats" Gutsweller and Al Thompson was also a slugging match. Thompson fought an improved fight over the last time he met Gutsweller and deserved the decision, but "Slats's" showing was nothing to be sneered at.
Dummy Jordan fought the poorest fight of his ring career in his meeting with Chuck Wiggens. The latter must have hit Jordan a hundred times on the jaw, but could not put him out. There was no question as to the better man.
The show was well handled by Managers Widmyer and Shevlin, but it was an expensive one and the promoters did not bank any coin. Frank Mills refereed and his work was perfect.
1917-03-27 The Cincinnati Post (Cincinnati, OH) (page 6)
For Lewis gave the welterweight champion a nice young licking in their 10-round scrap at Heuck's theater. It was the ninth fight between the two stars.
Lewis won or held Jack even in nearly every round by carrying the fight to the champion at all times and keeping Britton away from him with a left-hand that is a wonder.
Britton fought a retreating bout most of the time. He displayed rare ring generalship, but it was evident the old master is losing some of his skill.
The bout was a rattling good one even tho there were no knockdowns. Both tried hard and in the eighth got real sore at each other over some low punches. Britton's corner, tho, broke even on the night. Dum Dan Morgan, Britton's manager, out-talked Jimmy Johnston, Lewis' manager, all thru the fight and claimed a decision on that point, 2698 words to 1897.
We also get it, on good authority, that Morgan outdistanced Johnston in the race to the telegraph office after the bout.
Britton's right glove became ripped in the first round and while a new one was being substituted between rounds Morgan outtalked Johnston two words to one even tho Johnston had the cleverest argument.
Johnston claimed Britton had purposely spoiled the glove to gain time, as Lewis had punished Britton a good deal in the opening session.
Morgan came back with cries of "Lucky stiff" at Lewis, claiming Lewis would have been beaten right then if the glove had held together.
Other bouts on the card went this way: Frank Bowinkle beat Young Camile, six rounds; Joe Dobbs beat Young Monroe in six rounds; Al Thompson beat Slats Guzweiler in six rounds, and Chuck Wiggins beat Dummy Jordan in six rounds.
1916-11-14 Ted (Kid) Lewis D-PTS12 Jack Britton [Armory Athletic Association, Arena, Boston, MA, USA]
REFEREE CONLEY CALLS BOUT DRAW
The Lewis-Britton Bout Very Clever But Displeases Triple A Crowd.
A draw was the result of the eighth meeting of the boxing marvels, Jack Britton and Ted "Kid" Lewis, held at the Armory A. A. show at the Arena last night. Everything considered, Referee Larry Conley made no mistake in so deciding the contest. A particularly hard decision to make because of the closeness of the battling and the fact that the men are so well matched, Conlay "called" the bout in a very wise manner, taking but little credit away from either man in doing so and, if anything, giving the Britisher a shade in the decision.
The last slashing, slam-bang and very satisfactory contest which this same pair presented here a few weeks ago made last night's bout seem poor in comparison. At least, the fans didn't appear to think so much of it.
While the mill did not call for the hissing which it drew at different times, it did not call, either, for as much credit and praise as did the last or any of the three bouts in this city.
Last night's Britton-Lewis contest was altogether too skilful, too full of extremely clever boxing. Each boxer was trained down to better trim than ever before here, with the result they both were capable of doing considerable fancy stuff, which was fine and dandy to those who follow the game closely. To the ordinary fan, it was not a great contest.
Greatly to the surprise of many, but true to the predictions of Manager Jimmy Johnston, Lewis was away below the weight he was at on his last flying visit. Evidently he had done more training for this contest than he has for about a dozen others put together. This time he was out to beat his old rival. Both the condition he was in and the manner in which he worked made that much obvious.
Probably because this fact caused Manager Johnston to protest after the decision had been rendered. Only by word of mouth did Johnston object, he is too old in the game to lose his head and assault referees. From the way he registered his objection is looked as if he would liked to have done some assaulting, though, had he been a little bigger than he is and Referee Conley a little smaller and not so athletic looking.
But Johnston's squawk was simply the squawk of a manager whose pet meal ticket had just lost a decision, the second in succession to the same boxer within a short period of time and who was afraid that if he didn't squawk, fandom would believe that he was perfectly satisfied to allow his boxer to lose.
The draw decision hurt Britton more than it hurt Lewis. Knowing that he could not compete with Britton in the straight boxing line, in the exchanging of lefts, made Lewis make it a swinging try-to-knock-him-out affair. By doing that he had to make the pace. Possibly he did make the pace and was willing and aggressive all the way through. But so was Britton, although in a different manner.
Britton is too clever a boxer, has been too long in the game and has developed too wonderful a left hand to allow himself to wade into an opponent with caution sent to the four winds in an attempt to make it a battle such as the fans would like to have had him give. What is more, he knows as do many others, that he doesn't need to do that to beat Lewis. His straight left has been developed for just such purposes to beat opponents with--and that's what he used last night and to pretty good effect.
Right at the very outset of the contest was is plain that a different sort of a battle was to be seen. Seldom before has Britton opened up a contest as friskily as he did last night. He stepped around and ducked and dodged, not any better than lots of other boxers do, but as he doesn't very often do. And he started jabbing in the first round, also started to make the English kid miss.
Lewis lost little time in showing both Britton and the fans that he was out to give Britton a hot time of it during the night and that he was going to punch hard all the way in an effort to score a kayo.
With Britton's jabbing and with Lewis missing so many times as to offset what nice work he did do, it was not until the fourth round that the Londoner really came to the fore. In that session he landed a left hook that certainly must have shaken Britton down to his heels. Although Britton is one of those boxers who can take a stiff wallop without wincing, it was pretty plain that he didn't like that one and he covered up and backed away for a few seconds. Lewis followed him up and tried to measure him for a knockout. The Britton stab pulled its owner out of danger.
The following round was not a particularly speedy nor flashy one, and it was at this stage that the whistlers and "cats" got to work. In the sixth a quick study of Britton's face showed that he was getting warmed up and was going to get busy. Grinding his teeth together and setting his lips firmly, he certainly personified a business-like boxer with a stiff task in view.
Coming into the 10th round, it would have been quite some man's job to have declared rightfully and fairly which man was ahead up to that time. That was giving Lewis all the credit that was due him and partially forgetting the misses because of the pace-making.
Through the constant use of his stab, the 10th and 11th rounds were Britton's. The 12th had to have Lewis in the reckoning. At that, Britton did in that final round what he had failed to do in all the others--hit and hit hard with his right hand. Twice before the final bell rang did he savagely hook the right, and each time did it fairly and squarely crash against Lewis' chin. A couple of times also did Lewis swing and land some pretty good wallops in that finale while the speedy and ambitious battling he did also helped.
It was probably the 12th round rally that Lewis made which prompted many of the fans to object to the decision and which also helped Johnston to have something to object about.
All in all, however, the Conley decision was a good one. Many a worse one has been given in Boston. Many a worse one has been handed to Jimmy Johnston, too.
Although the crowd did not attain the tremendous proportions expected, it was a better-than-ordinary one, yet not so big as that which turned out for the last Britton-Lewis contest. It was a divided argument in passing out of the building on the award.
The preliminary bouts were extremely interesting, each being filled to the brim with action. Tony Vatlin got a rather lucky break, so it was thought, when Referee Flaherty ruled his bout with Charley Bergin of New York a draw. But Vatlin didn't get any breaks in getting Bergen for an opponent. The newcomer had several pounds on the local port-sider, who gave him a fine battle, considering.
Tony showed still more improvement. Not only did he do plenty of stiff punching, but he also showed new ability to side step, duck, and make his man miss. Bergen had to laugh himself at times, so well did Tony do his work.
In a boxer against a battler bout between Jimmy Gray and Nate Seigel was another draw called. The opening six-rounder went to Kid Lee, who beat Young Cohen.
As was exclusively announced in Monday's Journal, Britton will meet Charles White, in the feature bout next week. "Assessments" will be $1, $2, $3 and $5.
1916-11-15 The Boston Daily Globe (Boston, MA) (page 9)
It was the poorest exhibition the pair have ever put up in this city, and judging from the talk of the fans they will not "fall" for another between these boxers.
Britton was entitled to the award, but Referee Larry Conly, because of the way the pair worked, evidently decided not to give either one any advantage.
Both looked to be in good shape and boxed at catchweights. Britton did the forcing and did most of his hitting with the left hand, stabbing Lewis' face often.
At times Britton left good openings, some of which Lewis took advantage of. Britton used his right very little. He landed it on Lewis' jaw a few times, but too high up to even stagger the Englishman.
Lewis landed some left jabs on Britton's face, but most of them had little force. Some of his blows were delivered with the open glove, a method Lewis does not follow when he is trying.
Both complained about being hit low, but the referee saw that no harm was done and made them continue. In the closing rounds they engaged in some fast mixing, but neither one did any harm to the other.
The fans were suspicious after the bout had gone a few rounds, and they let the fact be known by their remarks.
After the decision the boxers and their managers made a pretence of being sore, both sides claiming that they had been robbed.
The semifinal between Tony Vatlin and Charley Bergin of New York was the best bout of the evening. Bergin gave Vatlin the toughest argument he has had in this city for some time. At the end of eight rounds, the contest was called a draw.
In the opening bout Kid Lee, after a hard contest of six rounds, was given the decision over Young Cohen.
In the other preliminary Nate Segal and Jim Grey boxed a six-round draw. Charlie White and Jack Britton will box in the feature bout at the club next Tuesday night.
1916-11-15 The Boston Post (Boston, MA) (page 15)
There was little action to excite the large gathering of fans, who for the greater part of the bout witnessed Britton using his left hand in whiplike jabs. Lewis was a trifle more inclined to make a fight of it and during the latter portion of the tilt compelled his opponent to come out of his nap.
The first six rounder of the evening produced a win for George Lee of Beachmont over Young Cohen of Chelsea. In the other six-round affair Nate Segal of Revere went the distance for a draw with Jimmy Gray of Chelsea.
1916-11-15 The Lowell Sun (Lowell, MA) (page 7)
BOSTON, Nov. 15.--Ted Kid Lewis and Jack Britton boxed 12 rounds to a draw at the Armory A. A. last night. The contest, while hardly as good as the one decided a short time ago, was a good boxing exhibition, with a lot of fighting that characterized the former meeting, when Britton won, left out.
Britton did not appear in anywhere near as good form as he did in the previous battle, while Lewis was never in better boxing form in his life. The Englishman tried for a knockout all the time and he lost several opportunities trying to land a sleep producer.
For six rounds Lewis held a lead in points over the champion and again in the final round also took a slight lead. Britton did some clever boxing in the seventh, eighth and ninth rounds, had a little the best of the 10th and the 11th, but fell off again in the final frame, when Lewis put it all over him.
Each thought he should have been given the decision and each was amazed when the referee called the contest a draw. This in itself is a good sign that the bout was close, but if the referee desired he could have drawn the line pretty fine and awarded Lewis the bout for the better boxing.
The preliminary bouts were good. Tony Vatlan and Charley Bergin of New York boxed an eight-round draw that had the fans on edge from opening to the closing round.
Jimmy Gray and Nate Segal went six rounds to a draw and Kid Lee defeated Young Cohen in a six-round bout.
1916-10-17 Ted (Kid) Lewis L-PTS12 Jack Britton [Armory Athletic Association, Arena, Boston, MA, USA]
TITLE REMAINS WITH BRITTON
Chicago Boxer Wins From Ted ("Kid") Lewis in 12 Rounds at Armory A. A.
The greatest of them all--which is saying a whole lot--was the third Britton-Lewis contest battled at the Arena last night and which ended in Britton's favor. Champion Jack Britton it is still, as at the end of 12 fast, furious and interesting rounds in the Armory A. A. feature bout, Referee Larry Conley had little else to do but declare him the winner over his English rival for the honors of the class.
What little doubt there was that this pair would not be able to present their usual stiff argument because of many previous meetings, was cast adrift shortly after they got working in session one. Just as in their other two battles here, the warm milling started right off the reel and it didn't let down not one whit until the final bell called off hostilities. If anything, the bout was an even harder one, 12 rounds considered, than either of the preceding ones.
Benny Osthues announced that the contest was for the welterweight championship du monde. He was stretching a point on that, however. Neither man as he entered the ring last night was a welterweight. There was no getting on the scales, so it is not possible to state what they did weigh. And Lewis with his freaky build makes it pretty difficult to estimate his weight, but he surely weighed more than 150 pounds. Britton was also near that poundage, but also about five pounds lighter than the other.
Their weight did not serve at all to retard the speed of the mill. Britton has got so that he carries a roll of fat around his waist, but it is the sort of fat that a boxer who has seen ten years of service always accumulates and cannot get rid of. But he wasn't slow nor did he ever show any signs of being in distress through the pace or blows.
Never before was Lewis seen so big; but he seemed to be even stronger with the extra weight and not in the least affected by it.
It was a matter of class and, as always, class won out. Britton fought as fine a contest as he perhaps ever has in his whole career. He was not in a hurry, he wasn't confused by several misses at the start, he failed to let Lewis intimidate him with his speed in the first few rounds. He was the master. Apparently confident of this fact did he appear and simply bided his time.
A more determined athlete than this very same Britton has seldom ever performed before a big gathering. He was out to win for Jack Britton, so he went at his work with renewed vigor every little once in a while, as the setting of his teeth and tense expression on his face showed to the close ringsiders.
A before-the-battle incident to show the sincerity concerned was a demand made by Britton on Monday. He insisted that the ring be torn apart and repadded, that new electric lamps be put in the lighting fixtures over the ring, and so strong was his demands that they were acceded to.
Very shortly after the opening bell rang the men started to tear at each other. It didn't take very long to see that both men were extremely anxious to win by a kayo. Each of them swung blows which were intended for that purpose with Lewis starting more than Jack. Being anxious and yet cold was greatly the reason why neither one succeeded in that first round.
In the first three rounds Lewis kept quite a bit ahead of his old rival. Had he been able to keep up the style he used in these rounds all during the mill Britton would have been given a fine lacing. The clever Jack changed matters mainly because he knew what was wrong.
As always, Lewis was very eager and willing to do all the leading at the start. And because he did he got as far ahead as he did. When he led he usually beat Britton to the punch. He also was afterward able to follow up his lead in a gaining manner. In the fourth Britton decided to do some leading himself, and from that point on did he begin to win.
The bout came near to ending in the fifth on a low punch. At any time during a contest is Lewis liable to be fouled because of his jumping tactics. In this round, Britton began an attack on the body of his opponent. He was following up after a hot session near the ropes when Lewis leaped and a punch did land on the top of his protecting cup. Lewis made no objection until he heard the men in his corner protesting and then he, too, spoke up. The claim was not allowed when Lewis declared he was not hurt, and it was well that it wasn't, for he plainly showed in the next few seconds that he could not have been fouled.
Shortly before the bell announced the ending of the sixth, Lewis shook his head as if in attempting to shake away cobwebs. No punch was seen that would have dazed him, yet even when the bell did ring, he gave further evidence that he had been shaken up, for he was confused as to where he belonged. Not very long after the seventh got under way, Lewis was toppled over. A little short left hook which landed when he was off balance knocked him flat on his back. He was so surprised that he didn't realize his position for a second and then he started to get up. In fact, Britton himself didn't think that he had knocked him down, for he reached over to help him up.
Britton's lead kept increasing all the time and right up to the 10th. Acting under wild and loudly shouted orders from his corner, Ted began to do some leading in that inning, and with great success. A straight left shot at Britton's face time and again, and with each bit of success Lewis got more confident and kept up his leading. Britton would not let him get the jump in the 11th, and therefore again got back into honor.
The final round was even harder and of stiffer punching perhaps than any other. Lewis knew he was behind, and his one hope was either a knockdown or knockout. A couple of times he did slam good and proper at Britton's head, but there was no stuff behind the wallop. The landing did no damage, at any rate.
Another big gathering such as was presented at each of the other two battles between this pair saw this third contest and enthused and admired throughout. Plenty of rooting all the way through kept the excitement at high pitch in every round.
To help matters out, the prelims were also full of pep. Tony Vatlin gave Johnny Emery a pasting in the eight-round semi-final partly, perhaps, because Emery injured his right hand so he claimed half way through the mill, but also because Tony was better than his opponent. But it was a tough and interesting contest and one worth repeating.
A surprise was given in the second prelim when Johnny Stanton beat his very formidable little Cambridge rival, Paddy Owens. Johnny Murray got a short win in the opener because his opponent decided that he had had enough for the night.
Another famous return match is the feature attraction for next week's show, Jack Dillon will meet Bat Levinsky.
1916-10-18 The Boston Daily Globe (Boston, MA) (page 7)
It was one of the best bouts in this city for a long time, and the decision of referee Larry Conly was approved even by Lewis' manager. There was good hitting with both hands and clever footwork throughout.
Lewis is no longer welterweight, as he has taken on weight. Britton was also above the limit, but was in good shape. The men boxed at catchweights.
The way that Lewis started off the fans thought he was going to take Britton's measure quickly. He staggered him a couple of times with left hooks to the jaw in the opening round and jabbed the champion often.
Lewis continued to land to Britton's face in the next round, but Britton was gradually solving the Englishman's style and sent back some good counters.
Britton started forcing matters in the third round and kept after his man in the fourth, sending stiff right and left punches to the face and body. Lewis began to tire, but he landed some good jabs.
The fifth session was all Britton's, who also outscored Lewis in the sixth round.
In the seventh, it looked as if Britton was going to put Lewis away. The pair were boxing at close range when Britton sent a short left hook to Lewis' jaw and the latter went to the mat. He was up in a few seconds and blocked punches that Britton shot at him. One left to the body had considerable effect on the Englishman.
Up to the last round Britton continually pecked Lewis in the face with his left and landed many rights and lefts also on the body. Lewis also did some good jabbing and countering with both hands.
At the end of the 10th round Britton acted a bit tired, but Lewis was not much better. The champion came up for the 11th session in better shape than Lewis and did effective work.
In the 12th Lewis began sending his right to Britton's jaw. Britton managed to get in some more body blows, but the honors in the final session belonged to the Englishman.
The referee had to warn Britton a few times about hitting low. Not once after the first few rounds did Lewis look to have a chance.
The semifinal was another surprise. Tony Vatlin met Johnny Emery and the fans expected to see Emery win in quick time, but Vatlin fought a clever bout and won from the start. In the fifth round Emery's right hand was injured, which handicapped him some. Vatlin would have been the winner, however.
In the prelim between Pat Owens of Cambridge and Joe Stanton of the same city, there was another upset. Some weeks ago Owens defeated Stanton, but last night Stanton did the better boxing and was given the award at the end of six rounds.
In the other preliminary Bat Downey of Roxbury made Young Amos quit in three rounds.
Jack Dillon and Battling Levinsky will box in the feature bout at the club next Tuesday night.
1916-10-18 The Boston Herald (Boston, MA) (page 7)
There was action in every round, both boxers displaying better form than they ever showed before in a Boston ring. In particular was it true of Britton. The latter fought like the champion that he is, and removed whatever idea existed that he was not a real title holder. Fighting as he did last night, it till take a great man to bring about Britton's downfall. It was the first fight that Lewis has had since his return from South America, and he fought a remarkable contest, considering the fact that he had not boxed in several months.
Both boxers appeared a trifle fleshy, and were easily well above the stipulated welterweight limit. However, they were in good condition, and it was well for both that they were, otherwise a knockout would have undoubtedly occurred long before the 12 rounds were over.
Only the remarkable skill and science that Britton possesses saved him from what appeared defeat in the opening round. The bitter feeling that exists between the pair was shown immediately after Billy LeClair sounded the gong that started them on their contest.
Lewis sailed after Britton like a cyclone and before the fans realized what was going on Britton was never so near to a knockout in his career. Lewis rained lefts and rights faster than the eye could follow in the initial frame, and more than half the audience expected to see the contest end momentarily. In his anxiety to score a quick and impressive defeat Lewis swung himself clear off his feet with a right hand blow labelled sure defeat, only to miss and slip down in a neutral corner.
Despite the heavy attack from Lewis, the champion was cool and collected under the rapid fire onslaught and before the round closed had found his bearings.
Lewis took a slight lead in the second round and the third by a light margin. Britton, in the three opening frames, was made the target of Lewis's left hand jabs and right cross counters. The champion shifted his attack frequently, alternating from the head to the body. Lewis made Britton's head his point of attack. Both punches with a vengeance, each putting every ounce of his weight and strength into every blow.
Lewis started out in the fourth round to add to his lead, but before the period was finished the Englishman was second best in the points. Britton apparently had his gauge and delivered several neat blows to the body and head. The blows to the body delivered by Britton were most effective since Lewis plainly displayed signs of distress at every punch the champion landed around the midsection. Several went wide of their mark and a few low enough for Referee Conley to caution Britton. In the fifth round Britton struck decidedly low and the contest was halted for a few seconds before Conley was satisfied that Lewis was able to continue.
As soon as Lewis declared his willingness to keep going the contest waged just as fast and bitter as it did in the previous rounds and continued to the finish when the pair stood toe to toe winding up one of the fastest championship contests seen in a local ring.
Britton found himself well enough in the sixth round to earn a slight lead. A less clever boxer than Ted Lewis would have been stretched on the mat from some of the well aimed blows that Britton sent.
Britton took a commanding lead in the seventh round. His body punching in this frame was the most effective of any round in the contest and Lewis was plainly tired when the round closed. It was in this period that the only clean knockdown in the battle was scored. It was only a slight one, however, as Lewis was partly tripped.
The champion held out his hand to assist Lewis to his feet, realizing that the knockdown was as much accidental as it was from the blow.
In the rounds that Britton earned, his advantage stood out cleaner than that won by Lewis. Both boxed their hardest in the eighth round with neither having much the better of the other.
Britton forged to the front in the ninth round, but the fans were treated to another spurt from Lewis in the 10th. The Englishman gave every appearance of swinging the battle back to his favor again until Britton took a good lead in the next two rounds. The champion's lead, while slight, was just enough to earn him the verdict.
The preliminary bouts were exceptionally good. Tony Vatlan defeated Johnny Emery in eight rounds. Emery was on the point of being knocked out in the fourth, but managed to struggle through the distance handicapped by a broken hand he received in the round that came near proving disastrous for him.
Joe Stanton defeated Pat Owens in one of the hardest six-round preliminary fights seen at the club.
In the opening six-round bout Battling Joe Downey defeated Young Amos in three rounds. The latter was disqualified.
The match for next week will bring together Jack Dillon and Battling Levinsky in a 12-round bout for the light heavyweight championship of the country.
1916-10-18 The Boston Post (Boston, MA) (page 12)
Jack Britton of Chicago, holder of the welter title, successfully defended his honors against Ted Kid Lewis of England last night at the Arena, defeating the challenger the greater part of the way in the 12-round session.
Fully 5000 fans witnessed the battle, which was one of the great ring contests of the year and the best for many months between welters witnessed in Boston.
Britton got away to a poor start in the first round, but following the frame which went to Lewis, began to fight like a real champion. From the second round to the finish the champion turned loose everything he had, making the best showing of his career in Boston. The usual loafing and playing with which Britton has frequently disgusted even his warmest admirers were laid aside for business.
Lewis for his part looked better than ever before from a physical standpoint and, except for a bad habit of missing because out of distance with left swings, fought an unusually flashy and brilliant battle. He danced, ducked, crouched and played dead, worked every trick in the trade that he might get over one mighty right and win on a clean-cut knockout.
But Britton met craft with craft, and, while scored on, frequently outguessed the Britisher and beat him to his own game. His one and greatest fault last night was a tendency to hit low with the left, and in the fifth frame one of his crashes, which landed on Lewis' protecting cup, could be heard several rows from the ringside. It nearly lost the champion the fight on a foul, for Lewis backed off, dropped his hands, and but for his willingness to continue a few moments later, would have been awarded the verdict then and there. Britton was warned several times during the bout to cease hitting low, also using his forearm.
While all the rounds were jammed from bell to bell with fast and furious battling, the seventh and last were the best. In the seventh Britton put Lewis to the matting with a clean left hook to the jaw. Though dazed, the Englishman was back on his feet on the instant and came back with a rally that set the fans howling with delight.
Lewis, after being badly worsted in the 11th round, came out desperate in the 12th, swinging, poking, hooking and smashing in a last effort to win the mill which he and his seconds realized had gone against him. It was the fiercest round of the battle, but found Britton equal to the emergency and willing to mix. He gave Lewis fully as good as the Britisher sent, driving in straight lefts and rights to the head that drove him back despite the fury of his attack.
The award of the decision to Britton by Referee Larry Conley was well received. There could be no other verdict for the Chicagoan had at least eight rounds out of the 12. It was the third bout in Boston between the pair, and Britton's first win over Lewis here.
In the prelim bouts, Tony Vatlin, Brighton, beat Johnny Emery, Somerville, in eight one-sided rounds, while Joe Stanton outpointed Pat Owens in six rounds, both of Cambridge. "Young Amos" rushed in at the last minute to fill the place of Johnny Murray against Leo Downey, and was winning his bout but didn't know it. So he stopped in the third and sought the carpet, and the award was given Downey.