1921-05-17 Jack Britton nd-w pts 10 Johnny Tillman, The Coliseum, Des Moines, Iowa, USA - WORLD
1921-05-17 Jack Britton nd-w pts 10 Johnny Tillman, The Coliseum, Des Moines, Iowa, USA - WORLD. Referee: Harry Stout. Billed for the title at 145lbs, the champion won going away, jabbing with the left and sending in solid right hands when the opportunity beckoned. With Tillman continually boring in he was forced to take heavy punishment, especially early on, and was rarely able to land effectively himself. According to the Des Moines News, Britton won every round apart from one, which was drawn.
In order to protect his titles, apart from a four round exhibition affair, Britton’s next three contests were made at 150lbs, against Dave Shade (drew 10 on 3 June at the Milwaukee Arena, Portland, Oregon), Frank Barrieau (nd-drew 10 on 10 June at the Milwaukee Arena) and Mickey Walker (nd-w pts 12 on 18 July at the Armory, Newark, New Jersey).
Following the contest against Walker, Britton was out of action for seven months before coming back to defend against Shade.