1919-11-25 (145/147lbs) Jack Britton nd-w pts 10 Harvey Thorpe, Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
1919-11-25 (145/147lbs) Jack Britton nd-w pts 10 Harvey Thorpe, Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA. The Buffalo Boxing Record handout gave this one as a title fight, which was also substantiated by the Buffalo Evening News. The fight report went on to say that Britton (144), giving a beautiful exhibition of his art, picked up a neat bundle of easy money when allowing Thorpe (140) to stay the full ten rounds with him. Never in any difficulty whatsoever, Britton handed out a boxing lesson to the younger man, jabbing him silly and only doing what was necessary.
Although 145lbs was recognised as being the welter limit in America at this time there were those who thought that the country should fall in line with Britain and Europe, who recognised 147lbs as being the limit. It was at that weight Britton met Billy Ryan at the Auditorium, Canton, Ohio on 1 December, winning their billed championship 12-round no-decision contest by an 11th-round kayo.
A further fight made at 147lbs saw Britton (147) take the ten-round press decision from Steve Latzo (144) at the Athletic Club, Johnstown, Pennsylvania on 9 December.
Continuing to protect his crown as best he could Britton’s next two contests against, Johnny Gill and Johnny Kid Alberts, were made at 150lbs despite newspaper reports indicating that the title was on the line. With both being no-decision affairs, Britton was judged by the press to have beaten Gill (nd-w pts 10 at Roberts’ Garage Complex, Steelton, Pennsylvania on 1 January 1920) and Alberts (nd-w pts 8 at the Schuetzen Park, Bayonne, New Jersey on 6 January 1920).
Although Britton’s contest against Jimmy Conway (w pts 12 at the Auditorium, Savannah, Georgia on 30 January 1920) was stated to have been made at 145lbs it was almost certainly contested at 147lbs, as was his meeting with Dave Palitz (nd-w pts 10 at the Church Street Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut on 8 March 1920). For that contest, Palitz weighed in at 143lbs while Britton made 146.
When taking on Jack Perry (nd-w pts 12 at the Auditorium, Canton, Ohio on 17 March 1920), despite there being a distinct lack of weights available the latter stated that he expected to lift the title from Britton by means of a knockout.
Britton’s next fight among the welters came against Dennis O’Keefe (nd-w pts 10 at the Coliseum, Kenosha, Wisconsin on 7 April 1920) when he made 146lbs as opposed to his rival’s 146½, in a State which recognised 147lbs as being the championship limit. Even prior to the advent of the Walker Law in New York on 1 September 1920 some authorities recognised 147lbs as being the welterweight limit, but as far as Britton was concerned he could not lose his title if an opponent was above 145lbs at 3pm.