1921-02-07 Jack Britton w pts 15 Ted Kid Lewis, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1921-02-07 Jack Britton w pts 15 Ted Kid Lewis, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Dick Nugent. In the first title fight at 147lbs held in New York since the Walker Law was passed, Lewis (145) made all the running in the first round, jabbing and hooking, before Briton (145) lost his temper in the second and rushed over to the challenger’s corner where he hit Lewis’ manager a tremendous blow in the face. All hell then broke loose and a full-scale riot was only averted after the referee managed to get the round underway again. The trouble had started prior to the contest beginning when Britton insisted that Lewis remove his gumshield, and it was only when Lewis had acceded to that request that the action started. Having fought so often, this being the 20th time they had met, initially there was not a great deal between them as they matched jabs and worked away on the inside, but in the fifth two heavy rights wobbled Lewis and the tide turned. By the seventh, Lewis was being hit far too often for comfort by accurate left jabs, and in the eighth his right eye became noticeably swollen. Lewis was also beginning to miss far too often as he looked for a finisher and was now being given a bit of a boxing lesson. Despite Lewis coming on strong in the final session in a vain attempt to score a kayo, when the decision was announced all three judges voted for Britton, who proudly collected a championship belt to mark his victory.