1919-03-24 (142/145lbs) Jack Britton nd-drew 10 Jack Perry, Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
1919-03-24 (142/145lbs) Jack Britton nd-drew 10 Jack Perry, Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Referee: Eddie Kennedy. The day before the fight the Pittsburgh Daily Gazette claimed that Britton was already down to the articled 142lbs, while Perry was expected to comfortably make his normal fighting weight of 140 in what was effectively a title battle. Undaunted by Britton’s reputation Perry walked in from the opening bell, punching away as if he was meeting a preliminary boy not a boxing great. According to the paper each won four rounds while sharing the remaining two, with Perry throwing the harder punches and Britton only using the right when there was a clear-cut opportunity. As in days gone by the champion used the left hand to perfection, either in opening his rival up or scoring solidly, and had Perry not been made of tough material he would have surely been finished off prior to the final bell.
On 6 May, Britton took on Johnny Griffiths (nd-w pts 10 at the Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York) in what was billed as a title match, the Buffalo Boxing Record giving Britton as being 145½lbs and Griffiths at 147. However, at this point in time the weight class limit in America was recognised as being 145lbs.
In another no-decision go, over 12 rounds at the Eureka AC, Baltimore, Maryland on 12 May, against Johnny Tillman, the Baltimore Sun reported that Britton could not lose his title unless kayoed. This remark inferred that Tillman was inside 145lbs, but the writer seemed uncertain of Britton’s weight.