Is Jack Britton vs Ted Kid Lewis the longest championship rivalry in boxing history?

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  1. ShovelHook

    ShovelHook Well-Known Member booted Full Member

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    It went 10-7-2 in Jack Britton's favour in the end but needless to say it was pretty back and forth and hard fought the whole way along.
     
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  2. roughdiamond

    roughdiamond Ridin' the rails Full Member

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    Yep, one of the best rivalries ever. Britton is someone I really wish there was film of, on account of his extreme longevity and apparent genius studied ring style.

    There were actually 20 bouts overall between them, according to the New York Times. Apparently, in the end, they would end up playing cards and the like together before fighting!

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  3. Tramell

    Tramell Hypocrites Love to Pray & Be Seen. Mathew 6:5 Full Member

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    Gr8 stuff. 20 meetings didn't know. But knew of the complaint of the mouthpiece which I find somewhat hilarious today.

    Hey :mad:...he got something in his mouth that's stopping me from knocking all his molars out!
     
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  4. Fergy

    Fergy Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Idk, surely they could have fought just one more time, to round it up..
     
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    ShovelHook Well-Known Member booted Full Member

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    I think perhaps they did fight 20 times because it's said that's so. Must've been a no contest.
     
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    Fergy Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Can you imagine guys fighting that many fights together today! The mind boggles.
     
  7. Bukkake

    Bukkake Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I think the confusion stems from a 6 rounds exhibition in New York on May 24, 1918.

    In the old Ring Record Books this is listed as a ND contest on the record of both men (making it 20 meetings) - but is omitted from their records on BoxRec (where the count consequently is only 19).
     
  8. ShovelHook

    ShovelHook Well-Known Member booted Full Member

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    Only at a stretch with a longstanding local amateur rivalry but never in the pros. They have both cumulatively fought an insane number of fights though. Thing is they were also continents apart in an age not nearly as well connected as it is today.
     
  9. ShovelHook

    ShovelHook Well-Known Member booted Full Member

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    Thank you very much for that revelatory information.
     
  10. Bukkake

    Bukkake Boxing Addict Full Member

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    My pleasure.
     
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    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Fighters today barely have 20 fights in their careers.
     
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  12. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

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    The closest rivalries I've found was on Sam Langford's record. He fought Joe Jeanette 14 times, Sam McVea 15 times and Harry Wills 17 times.
     
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    Bukkake Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Young Griffo and Chiddy Ryan come pretty close with 19 meetings.

    A little behind we have 16 fights between Richard Wilson/Rob Bleakley - and 15 between Russ Critcher/Alby Roberts.
     
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    Reinhardt Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I can't fathom fighting Sam Langford 17 times! These guys,,,were men.
     
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