1922-11-01 Mickey Walker w pts 15 Jack Britton, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1922-11-01 Mickey Walker w pts 15 Jack Britton, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Patsy Haley. The younger man by 16 years, Walker (144¼) started like a train when cracking in vicious short-arm hooks to the body before the champion began to get his boxing going in the second round. Jabbing Walker silly, Britton (146) looked like the fighter of old as he sped around the ring, combining defence with offence, but by the sixth he seemed spent when Walker came to the front, belting away with both hands during the next two sessions. The ninth saw Britton come back into the frame. However, it was just a fleeting memory of a former great and by the tenth he was holding on, taking punch after punch under the ribs, to the heart and to the head. Eventually, when his legs buckled under him, he dropped to one knee for a count of ‘seven’ having taken a terrific right hand to the jaw, before being saved by the bell. Slipping over twice in the 11th without taking a count, Britton was soon in trouble again in the following frame when a heavy swing to the body dropped him yet again. Most of the ringsiders were amazed to see Britton still there in the 13th as Walker went all out for an inside-the-distance win, but giving a magnificent display of guts and willpower he somehow made it to the final bell.

Although Walker received the unanimous decision he showed a marked lack of skill, despite being rough, tough and willing, and the loudest cheers were for Britton who went out like all great champions should when they reach the end of the road.

When Walker won a ten-round press decision over Johnny Griffiths at the 109th Infantry Armory, Scranton, Pennsylvania on 23 February 1923, despite the latter reported as being inside 147lbs the title was not at stake.