NOvemBer 5 1937
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