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Jackie "Kid" Berg
(Judah Bergman)
(the "Whitechapel Whirlwind")

BORN   June 28 1909; London, England
DIED April 22 1991; London, England
HEIGHT 5-9
WEIGHT 133-148 lbs
MANAGERS Harry Levine, Frank Jacobs, Sol Gold
TRAINER Ray Arcel

Berg was a fighter who was full of energy; He was not a power hitter but was a non-stop puncher; He lost only 26 of 192 bouts and scored 61 knockouts; During his career, he won the NBA Light Welterweight Championship of the World, the BBBC Lightweight Championship of Great Britain and the Welterweight Championship of Bermuda

Jackie defeated such men as Tony Canzoneri, Mushy Callahan, Andre Routis, Kid Chocolate, Tippy Larkin, Billy Petrolle, Bruce Flowers, Andre Routis, James "Spug" Myers, Harry Mason, Jake Kilrain, Alby Day, Len Wickwar, George Rose, Jimmy McNamara, Tony Herrera, Joe Glick, Buster Brown, Eric Boon, Alf Mancini, Harry Mizler and Pedro Amador

Herb Goldman ranked Berg as the #19 All-Time Lightweight; The "Kid" was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1989, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994

Jackie "Kid" Berg

For most of it's truncated existence, the Junior Welterweight division has been one of the most maligned in boxing. At the same time, in it's ranks of champions there are some of the most storied names in boxing's history: Canzoneri, Ross, Ortiz, Loi, Loche, Cervantes,  Benitez, Pryor & Chavez. All of them are current hall of famer's; or will be.

There is one more storied name to place on that list: The one, the only . . . "Whitechapel Whirlwind," boxing immortal, Jackie "Kid" Berg. Berg, born Judah Bergman, was a Cockney Jew from East London who exploded upon the American boxing scene against the very tough top ten contender, Pedro Amador (W-10), in Chicago, on May 31, 1928. This was considered a real upset as British fighters (as they are to this day), were considered little more than cannon fodder for their much tougher Yankee foes. The Chicago fight fans had expected your typical British fighter: stand up classic stance, no upper body movement & a chin made out of the tenderest of porcelains. . . Instead they saw a whirling dervish who threw punches from every conceivable angle at a work rate which legendary trainer, Ray Arcel said exceeded even Greb's & Armstrong's.

Jackie followed this bout with wins over Johnny Mellow & Freddie Meuller (W-10). Berg won his next four fights in rapid succession & was then matched with "The Fargo Express", fellow future hall of famer, Billy Petrolle. Petrolle is pretty much forgotten today, but along with Charley Burley he has to be ranked as one of the two greatest fighters to have never won a title. Jackie firmly established his bona fides by fighting to a furious draw with the great "Fargo Express", on July 26th, who at that time was at the peak of his outstanding career. In a rematch with Billy (August 24th), he didn't fare very well. Petrolle caught him on a bad night & brutalized him with eleven knockdowns before he finally starched him in the 5th round. This was the "Kid's" first KO loss in 70 fights. In October, Berg returned against Spug Myers & was the victim of a horrendous low blow & won on a foul (W-F3).

Depressed & very sore in his nether regions, Berg returned to London to lick his wounds. By December 6th he had recovered enough to win the British Lightweight title from Alf Mancini (W-15).

Berg started off 1929 with wins over Lucien Vinez (January 12-W-15) & a rematch with Mancini on February 12 (W-15). Jackie actually took a three month break from fighting before he returned to the States & beat top ten ranked lightweight contender Bruce Flowers twice, both by ten round decision on May 10th & 23rd.

Berg fought the rest of the year in New York City with one excursion to Chicago. Out of his 17 fights that year, all against top of the line fighters he won all of them with the exception of one draw against the rugged Stanislaus Loaysa.

1930 was the high water mark of the Whitechapel Whirlwind's career. He began the year with a bang, out pointing the immortal Tony Canzoneri on January 16 (W-10), in which he dealt Tony one of his most ferocious beatings. He followed that up with a rematch against Mushy Callahan who he had decisioned the year before in a non-title match (W-10), with a KO in the 10th, for the Jr. Welter title in London on February 18th.

Jackie's goal had always been the lightweight championship & he devoted the rest of 1930 to cleaning out the lightweight division in hopes of a shot at the (then) more legitimate lightweight crown. In the nine non-title bouts he engaged in the rest of the year, all against top 5 lightweight contenders he won them all. . . The highlight victory's were against nemesis Billy Petrolle (W-10) & the ending of another all-time great's winning streak, Kid Chocolate at 66 bouts (W-10). Chocolate was one of the greatest fighters to ever lace up the gloves-as amazing a phenom as the modern day Roy Jones Jr. & Berg's defeat of the "Kid" sent shock waves thru boxing's cogneseti .

At that point Berg was considered among the five best pound-for-pound fighters in the world & on April 24th 1931 he was granted a shot at Tony Canzoneri's lightweight title. Unfortunately . . . this is were the worm turned for Jackie. Canzoneri beat the crap outta Berg & flattened him in 3. Canzoneri also claimed Berg's Junior Welterweight title as both were under 140 pounds. Berg was given a rematch five months later in Madison Square Garden. In a foul-infested bout in which Berg suffered at least three severe low blows, two knockdowns & a terrible gash below the eye, Canzoneri battered him enough too retain his titles by unanimous decision (W-15).

Even though Berg fought on for another decade that was the end of his career as a prime-time performer. Jackie, like fellow Jr. Welter champ Aaron Pryor; was one of those gifted athletes that was destined to blaze hotly like a comet streaking across the fistic sky's only to burn out suddenly, without warning. . . & leave nothing but the memories of their too-brief past glories.

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1924
Jun  8 "Young" Johnnie Gordon      London, England                 TK  8
Jul  7 Charlie Harwood             London, England                 TK  7
Jul 20 Sid Lyons                   London, England                 TK  3
Aug  3 Billy Clarke                London, England                  D 10
Aug 21 Billy Clarke                London, England                  W 10
Sep 21 Teddy Pullen                London, England                 KO  1
Oct  2 Jimmy Wooder                London, England                  D 10
Oct 16 Albert Hicks                London, England                  W 10
Nov  3 Sam "Young" Clancy          London, England                  W 15
Nov 10 Jimmy Wooder                London, England                  W 10
Nov 20 Harry Miller                London, England                 TK  6
Nov 27 Fred Patten                 London, England                  W 15
Dec  7 Teddy Shepherd              London, England                 TK  9
Dec 11 Bert Saunders               London, England                 TK 14
          -Some sources report "Fred Saunders"
Dec 15 Arthur Lloyd                London, England                  W 10
Dec 26 Billy Colebourne            London, England                 TK  6

1925
Jan  8 Albert Colcombe             London, England                 TK 13
Jan 26 Billy Streets               London, England                  W 15
Feb  9 Arthur Lloyd                London, England                  W 15
Feb 26 Billy Streets               London, England                 TK  9
Mar 12 Johnny Cuthbert             London, England                  L 15
Apr  6 Sid Carter                  London, England                  W 15
Apr 19 George Davis                London, England                 WF  6
May 21 Kid Lewis                   London, England                 TK 10
Jun  7 Billy Sheppard              London, England                 TK 13
Jun 18 Johnny Cuthbert             London, England                  L 15
Jun 28 Jack Slattery               London, England                 TK  9
Jul 16 Joe Samuels                 London, England                 TK 15
Jul 26 George Green                London, England                 TK 11
Aug  6 Fred Green                  London, England                  W 15
Aug 20 Fred Green                  London, England                  W 15
Aug 30 Johnny Britton              London, England                  W 15
Sep 10 Norm Radford                London, England                 KO 14
Oct 15 Johnny Cuthbert             London, England                 TK 11
Oct 29 Johnny Curley               London, England                  W 15
Nov 12 Ernie Swash                 London, England                 WF  2
Nov 26 Battling van Dijk           London, England                  W 15

1926
Feb 11 Harry Corbett               London, England                  L 15
Mar 18 Andre Routis                London, England                  W 15
Apr 26 Harry Corbett               London, England                  D 15
May 16 Mick Hill                   London, England                  W 15
Jun 21 Andre Routis                London, England                 WF  3
Jul  8 Henri Hebrans               London, England                 TK  5
Jul 29 Paul Gay                    London, England                 TK  6
Aug 29 Harry Corbett               London, England                  W 15
Oct 10 Phil Bond                   London, England                  W 15
Nov 21 Billy Gilmore               London, England                 TK  8
Dec 19 Omar Saerens                London, England                 WF  9

1927
Jan 13 Walter Wright               London, England                 TK  2
Jan 23 Joe Clares                  London, England                  W 15
Feb 27 Paul Fritsch                London, England                 TK  8
Apr 21 Alf Simmons                 London, England                 WF  8
May 29 Bob Miller                  London, England                 TK  6
Sep 18 Robert Sirvain              London, England                 TK  6
Sep 29 Jackie Kirk                 London, England                 KO 13
Oct 11 Raymond Jansen              London, England                 WF  7
Nov  7 Vittorio Venturi            London, England                  W 10
Dec  4 Lucien Vinez                London, England                  W 15

1928
Feb 27 Jack Donn                   London, England                 WF 10
May 31 Pedro Amador                Chicago, Il                      W 10
Jun  7 Johnny Mellow               Detroit, Mi                      W  6
          -Some sources report "W 10"
Jun 14 Freddie Mueller             Chicago, Il                      W 10
Jul 12 Mike Watters                Chicago, Il                     TK  9
Jul 26 Billy Petrolle              Chicago, Il                      D 10
Aug 24 Billy Petrolle              Chicago, Il                     LT  5
Oct  8 James "Spug" Myers          Chicago, Il                     WF  3
Dec  6 Alf Mancini                 London, England                  W 15

1929
Jan 12 Lucien Vinez                London, England                  W 15
May 10 Bruce Flowers               New York, NY                     W 10
May 23 Bruce Flowers               New York, NY                     W 10
Jun 11 Stanislaus Loayza           Long Island City, NY             D 10
Jul 12 Herman Perlick              Chicago, Il                      W 10
Jul 24 Mushy Callahan              Brooklyn, NY                     W 10
Aug  5 Joe Trabon                  Woodhaven, NY                   TK  5
Aug 19 Harry Wallace               Woodhaven, NY                   TK  9
Aug 29 James "Spug" Myers          New York, NY                     W 10
Sep 16 Georgie Balduc              Woodhaven, NY                   WF  2
Sep 30 Phil McGraw                 New York, NY                     W 10
Oct 21 Bruce Flowers               New York, NY                     W 10
Nov  2 Tommy Gerval                New York, NY                    KO  2
Nov 18 Eddie Elkins                New York, NY                     W 10
Nov 30 Artie DeLuca                Brooklyn, NY                     W  6
Dec 18 Tony Caragliano             Bronx, NY                       WF  2

1930
Jan 17 Tony Canzoneri              New York, NY                     W 10
          -Some sources report 1/16/30
Feb 18 Mushy Callahan              London, England                 TK 10
          -NBA Light Welterweight Championship of the World
Apr  4 Joe Glick                   New York, NY                     W 10
          -NBA Light Welterweight Championship of the World
Apr  7 Jackie Phillips             Toronto, Ont, Canada             W 10
May 29 Al Delmont                  Newark, NJ                      TK  4
          -NBA Light Welterweight Championship of the World
Jun 11 Herman Perlick              Long Island City, NY             W 10
Jul 10 Henry Perlick               Newark, NJ                       W 10
Aug  7 Kid Chocolate               New York, NY                     W 10
Sep  3 Buster Brown                Newark, NJ                       W 10
          -NBA Light Welterweight Championship of the World
Sep 16 Joe Glick                   Long Island City, NY           SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed due to rain
Sep 18 Joe Glick                   Long Island City, NY             W 10
Oct 10 Billy Petrolle              New York, NY                     W 10

1931
Jan 23 William "Goldie" Hess       Chicago, Il                      W 10
          -NBA Light Welterweight Championship of the World
Jan 30 Herman Perlick              New York, NY                     W 10
          -NBA Light Welterweight Championship of the World
Apr 10 Billy Wallace               Detroit, Mi                      W 10
          -NBA Light Welterweight Championship of the World
Apr 24 Tony Canzoneri              Chicago, Il                     LK  3
          -Light Welterweight Championship of the World;
          Lightweight Championship of the World;
          Berg claimed that titles at different weights
          could not be contested in the same bout and
          still claimed the Light Welterweight Championship
May  8 Tony Herrera                New York, NY                     W 10
May 18 Ray Kiser                   North Braddock, Pa               W 10
Jun 22 Tony Lambert                Newark, NJ                      TK  4
          -Some sources report "TK 8"
Jul 24 Teddy Watson                Jersey City, NJ                 KO  7
Jul 27 Philly Griffin              Newark, NJ                       W 10
Aug  4 Jimmy McNamara              Long Island City, NY             W 10
Sep 10 Tony Canzoneri              New York, NY                     L 15
          -Light Welterweight Championship of the World;
          Lightweight Championship of the World
Dec 14 Marius Baudry               London, England                 TK  5

1932
Mar 21 Buster Brown                New York, NY                     W 10
Apr  1 Sammy Fuller                New York, NY                     D 10
May 20 Sammy Fuller                New York, NY                     L 12
          -Some sources report NBA Light Welterweight Championship
          of the World
Jun 29 Mike Sarko                  Long Beach, NY                   W  6
          -Some sources report "New York, NY"
Jul 18 Kid Chocolate               Long Island City, NY             W 15

1933
Apr 27 Cleto Locatelli             London, England                  L 10
May 28 Louis Saerens               London, England                 KO  4
Jul  8 George Rose                 Swansea, Wales                  TK  5
          -Some sources report "Cardiff, Wales"
Jul 14 Eugene Drouhin              London, England                 TK  8
Oct  7 Harry Wallace               Brooklyn, NY                    TK  4
          -Some sources report 9/30/33
Oct 19 Tony Falco                  Brooklyn, NY                     L 10

1934
Jan 12 Cleto Locatelli             New York, NY                     L 10
Apr 14 Jackie Flynn                London, England                  W 10
May 12 Len Wickwar                 Leicester, England              WF  6
          -Some sources report "TK 6"
May 31 Jimmy Stewart               Liverpool, England              LT  3
          -Some sources report 5/29/34
Jul 10 Joe Kerr                    Liverpool, England              TK  6
Aug 19 Nicolas Wilke               London, England                 TK  9
Oct 29 Harry Mizler                London, England                 TK 10
          -BBBC Lightweight Championship of Great Britain
Dec  2 Alfred Bastin               London, England                 TK  4

1935
Jan 21 Gustave Humery              London, England                 TK  8
Feb 25 Gustave Humery              Paris, France                    L 10
Apr  1 Gustave Humery              London, England                  L 10
May 19 Harry Brown                 London, England                 KO  3
Oct 21 Peter McKinley              London, England                  W 10
Nov 14 Pat Butler                  London, England                 TK  4

1936
Jan 11 Laurie Stevens              Johannesburg, Transvaal, SAfrica L 12
          -Lightweight Championship of the British Empire (Commonwealth)
Apr 24 Jimmy Walsh                 Liverpool, England              LT  9
          -BBBC Lightweight Championship of Great Britain
Jul 22 Aldo Spoldi                 Brooklyn, NY                    LT  2

1937
Jan 24 Ivor Pickens                London, England                  W 10
Feb  7 Pat Haley                   London, England                 WF 10
Feb 11 George "Panther" Purchase   London, England                 TK 12
          -Some sources report "W 12"
Feb 21 Harry Mason                 London, England                 TK  3
          -Some sources report "W 10"
Mar 22 Louis Saerens               Bristol, England                 D 10
Apr 11 Pat Haley                   London, England                 TK  9
          -Some sources report "W 10"
May  6 Alby Day                    London, England                  W 10
Aug 14 Jack Lewis                  Poole, England                   D 10
Oct  4 Jake Kilrain                London, England                 TK  5
          -Some sources report "W 10"
Nov  1 George Odwell               London, England                 LT  7
          -Some sources report "L 10"
Dec  6 Charlie Chetwin             Manchester, England             TK  5
          -Some sources report "W 10"
Dec 13 Leo Phillips                Birmingham, England              W 10

1938
Feb 19 Silvio Zangrillo            Brooklyn, NY                    TK  4
          -Some sources report "KO 8" on 2/10/38
Mar  5 Larry Anzalone              Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
Mar 15 Vince Pimpinella            Brooklyn, NY                     W 10
Mar 29 Frankie Wallace             Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
Apr  9 Johnny Horstmann            Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
May  3 Ray Napolitano              Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
Jun  7 Johnny McHale               Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
Jun 15 Agustin "Augie" Arellano    Long Island City, NY             D  8
Jun 30 Johnny Horstmann            Woodhaven, NY                    W  8
Jul 12 Johnny McHale               Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
Jul 25 Freddie "Red" Cochrane      Newark, NJ                       L 10
Aug  5 Pete Caracciola             Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
Oct 11 Johnny McHale               Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
Oct 25 Joey Greb                   Bronx, NY                        W  8
Nov 22 Frankie Cavanna             Brooklyn, NY                     W  8

1939
Feb  3 Quentin "Baby" Breese       Hollywood, Ca                    L 10
Mar 10 Pedro Montanez              New York, NY                    LK  5
Apr  4 Pete Galiano                Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
Apr 10 Marine Bunker               Hamilton, Bermuda               TK  9
          -Welterweight Championship of Bermuda;
          Some sources report 4/11/39
Jun  6 Tippy Larkin                Garfield, NJ                     W 10
Jun 26 Milt Aron                   Chicago, Il                     LT  6
Jun 30 Mike Piskin                 Long Branch, NJ                  L 10
Jul 11 Johnny Rohrig               Garfield, NJ                     W 10
Aug  1 Joey Greb                   Garfield, NJ                     W  8
Oct 12 Paddy Roche                 Southampton, England             W 10
Nov 30 Paddy Roche                 Nottingham, England             KO  5

1940
Jan 25 Harry Davis                 London, England                  W 10
Feb  5 George Reynolds             Bristol, England                 W 10
Feb 29 Eddie Ryan                  London, England                 WF  6
Mar  8 Paddy Roche                 Dublin, Ireland                 TK  4
Mar 10 Dick Bradshaw               London, England                 TK  3
Apr  4 Harry Davis                 London, England                 TK  8

1941
Jan 20 Harry Craster               London, England                  W 10
Feb 20 Harry Charman               London, England                  W  6
Feb 27 Harry Mizler                London, England                  W 10
Apr 21 Eric Boon                   London, England                 WF  2
Jun 12 Ernie Roderick              London, England                  L 10
          -Some sources report 5/30/41
Jul 24 Arthur Danahar              London, England                 LT  5
Nov  2 George Odwell               London, England                  L 10
Nov 24 Joe Connolly                Leeds, England                  TK  8

1942
Feb  5 Paddy Roche                 Newcastle, England              TK  4
Mar 12 Joe Connolly                Glasgow, Scotland               TK  4
1943
May 22 Gordon Woodhouse            Handcross, England               L  6

1945
Mar  1 Eric Dolby                  London, England                 KO  4
Mar  8 Jimmy Brunt                 London, England                  W  8
May 19 Johnny MacDonald            Coventry, England               KO  5


Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization

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