24th February 2012

In this fantastic blast from the past video, the great Jack ‘Kid’ Berg is suprised in 1987 by This is your Life host Eamonn Andrews and is taken back to relive his life and career through the memory of his family, friends and his boxing compatriats.

Suprise guests on the night for Jack include a British boxing who’s who, featuring, Henry Cooper, Terry Allen, Walter McGowan, Charlie Magri, Johnny Coldwell, Howard Winston, Ken Buchanan, John H Stracey, Maurice Hope, Terry Downes, Alam Minter, Dennis Andres, Lloyd Honetghan, Frank Bruno and a host of other boxers and opponents.

A special guest for Jack is his former New York boxing trainer then 87 years old Ray Arcell.
This is a must watch for all British boxing fans and historians of the noble art. Enjoy! – video by

Jack ‘Kid’ Berg

British Hall of Fame Boxer Jack ‘Kid’ Berg boxed between 1923 and 1936, had 192 professional fights, winning 157 of them. His record was 157–26–9. Fifty seven wins were by knock out.

In 1931 he moved to the USA, where he won 64 out of 76 fights there. He became British lightweight champion in 1934 by beating the holder Harry Mizler, and he lived to be the oldest British boxing champion. During his bouts in America, he was trained by legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel.
In 1930, Berg defeated the great Cuban fighter Kid Chocolate in ten rounds. In 1930, he knocked out the American champion Mushy Callahan to take the Light Welterweight Championship in London. The National Boxing Association had stripped Callahan before this fight and Britain did not recognize this division, so only the New York State Athletic Commission recognized Berg as champion after this fight. The NBA only recognized Berg as champion after he beat Goldie Hess in January 1931.
Berg fought as a lightweight when he put his title on the line to meet with Tony Canzoneri in Chicago on 24 April 1931. He was quickly knocked out in three rounds, falling on his face and stumbling to get up before giving in and collapsing into the ropes. Berg, contending that he lost at lightweight and not at light welterweight, continued to claim that he was champion. Most of the boxing world recognized Canzoneri, however.
After the Canzoneri bout, Berg continued boxing with mixed results. His last notable win came in 1939 against the up-and-coming prospect Tippy Larkin.
After retiring from boxing, he worked as a film stunt man, joined the Royal Air Force, and owned a restaurant in London. Jack died in April 22, 1991. 
The kid will always be remembered as one of the greatest of British boxing heros. 

The Story of Jack ‘Kid’ Berg
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Jack Kid Berg was one of the most entertaining fighters to emerge from Great Britain. Former Light Welterweight champion of the world, Berg was known by the nickname “The Whitechapel Windmill” due to his terrific all action style.
In this video, young people from Factory East reconstruct Kid Berg’s most famous contests on their local estate in Bow.
Thanks to Dog Soup for the jazz music and to Robson Books Ltd for use of the images from the book “Jack Kid Berg; The Whitechapel Windmill.” 

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