Tale Of The Tape
Hometown: Harlem, NY.
Jack London was a middleweight who fought such great boxers
as Johnny Wilson, Harry Greb, Mike McTigue and Fred Fulton. Jack London
fought out of Harlem New York. His greatest victory was a win against tuff
heavyweight contender Fred Fulton in 1917.
The picture above may not be the middleweight Jack London
who fought Greb. Jack London weighed 162 pounds when he fought Greb in 1917.
The above pictured was dated much later, 1925,and the man doesn't look heavy
enough to be a middleweight. Also, the Jack London who fought Greb also
fought and beat tuff heavyweight Fred Fulton in 1917 when Fred weighed around
220 pounds. The man above doesn't look like he could beat a big heavyweight.
The Jack London pictured above may be the lightweight who fought in the
mid to late 1920's in Utah. If anyone has pictures of either Jack London
(the middleweight or lightweight) please email me so I can verify which
Jack London this is.
The following is a New York Times article from September 15, 1917 after
Jack london fought Harry Greb:
Greb Gains The Honors
No Glory, However, Attached to Knockout Over Jack London --
Harry Greb, the Pittsburgh light-heavyweight, signalized his introduction
to New York's boxing public last night at the St. Nicholas A.C. by scoring
a technical knockout victory over Jack London, a comparatively unknown boxer
of Harlem, who was substituted at the last minute for the Zulu Kid of Brooklyn.
It was announced that the latter was refused permission to go on with
the bout. Greb's victory came in the ninth round, with the session one minute
more to go, when referee Billy Roche waved London to his corner after it
had been made apparent that he was in danger of a knockout.
The victory, however, carries little of glory with it for Greb. He showed
that he was a willing mixer and could strike a heavy blow, but he lacks
coolness, judgement of distance, and experience. In fact, if London had
been better fortified with the last named quality he would have made a much
better showing. As it was, the Harlem boxer lost many golden opportunities
to accomplish something. In the ninth session one of Greb's heavy right
hand blows landed on London's jaw and sent him down. The Harlem boxer just
managed to get up before "ten", but he was still groggy and Greb
soon had him too helpless to protect himself. Then the bout was stopped.
Jan 17 1910 Young Sammy Smith Phila. KO'd by 6 (loss)
Apr 27 1917 Fred Fulton NewYork KO 9 (win)
Aug 6 1917 Battling Levinsky NewYork TKO'd by 4 (loss)
Sep 14 1917 Harry Greb NewYork TKO'd by 9 (loss)
Jun 27 1918 Jamaica Kid NewJer. KO'd by 2 (loss)
Dec 25 1919 Johnny Wilson M.A. KO'd by 2 (loss)
Apr 29 1920 Mike McTigue Canada KO'd by 2 (loss)
unknown 1921 Tony Marullo unknown KO'd by 1 (loss)
Photo of Jack London was supplied by Tony Triem
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