1931-04-10 Jack Kid Berg w pts 10 Billy Wallace, Olympia, Detroit, Michigan, USA - NBA
1931-04-10 Jack Kid Berg w pts 10 Billy Wallace, Olympia, Detroit, Michigan, USA - NBA. Referee: Elmer McClelland. Making another defence, Berg (138) kept Wallace (137) on the defensive throughout and for every blow his rival landed he landed two, despite many of them lacking real sting. With the exception of a hard right to Wallace’s head in the opening round there was little damage done, with most of the action being at close quarters, but at the final bell Berg was a popular winner when handed the unanimous decision.
Rather belatedly, the NBA presented Berg with the championship belt on 21 April, just three days prior to him losing it in bitter circumstances after challenging for the lightweight title. Knocked out inside three rounds by the Tony Canzoneri (132lbs) at The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois on 24 April, following the fight Berg (134¼) claimed he had been contracted to contest the lightweight title only, and that his junior welterweight crown was safe because different titles at different weights could not be at stake during the same bout. That did not wear with the Illinois Boxing Commission and the NBA, even though Berg had been forced to come inside 135lbs in order to challenge Canzoneri.
Although not recognised by any of the official bodies, The Ring magazine supported Berg, who styled himself as champion in contests against Tony Herrera, Ray Kiser, Tony Lambert and Teddy Watson. All four men were beaten - Herrera 138½ (w pts 10 on 8 May at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York), Kiser 138½ (w pts 10 on 18 May at the Mayers Bowl, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Lambert 139 (w rsc 8 on 22 June at Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey) and Watson 139 (w co 7 on 24 July at the Baseball Park, Jersey City, New Jersey).