1922-06-26 Jack Britton w disq 13 (15) Benny Leonard, The Velodrome, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1922-06-26 Jack Britton w disq 13 (15) Benny Leonard, The Velodrome, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Patsy Haley. One of the unresolved mysteries remaining in boxing saw lightweight champion, Leonard (139¼), ruled out at 2.42 of the 13th for hitting the already floored Britton (146¼) for no apparent reason. Britton, who was out in front after ten rounds and beginning to tire was put down on one knee from a short left to the body when the challenger, reaching from behind the referee, landed a punch on the champion’s head. Information which came to hand years later suggested that Leonard had no intention of winning the welterweight title, and getting disqualified without loss of face seemed to be his best way out.

On 10 October, Britton outpointed Jimmy Kelly over 12 rounds at the Marina Stadium, Havana, Cuba. According to the Havana Post this was a billed championship match, but having been made at 150lbs, and with Kelly weighing 149½lbs to Britton’s 149, the title was not on the line regardless of what the crowd thought.