NOvem­Ber 5 1937

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

SeveNty yearS ago the re­ported on a bad night for one of Bri­tish Jewry’s favourite sport­ing sons — Ju­dah Bergman, alias boxer Kid Berg. Our box­ing correspondent wrote:

“It was dis­tress­ing to see Kid Berg hav­ing to take so much pun­ish­ment and look­ing in such a sorry state that he was forced to re­tire in the sev­enth round against Ge­orge Od­well at the K8c, earl’s court, on Mon­day.

“the ‘Whitechapel ex­press’ showed all his for­mer spirit, courage, and whole­hearted en­deav­our, but the flesh was too weak…

“With dam­aged eyes and blood trick­ling, Berg still breathed de­fi­ance, and at­tacked his youth­ful, vir­ile op­po­nent, but his 13 years of fight­ing the world’s best had taken their toll and he was forced to re­tire. he left the ring a sorry fig­ure, his towel wrapped round his head, cov­er­ing his dam­aged eye. he will cer­tainly be re­mem­bered in box­ing his­tory for at his best he placed this coun­try on the box­ing map. the time has now come, how­ever, for him to lay down the gloves for good and to take up a less ex­haust­ing branch of the game.”

Berg fought on for an­other two years.

Kid Berg en­dured a painful night

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