'The Battle Of Manchester' Collhurst stablemates Johnny King vs Jackie Brown II British bantamweight championship official on-site 15 page programme, 31st May 1937, King's Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester.
Here are two boys who were brought up within a stone's throw of one another, and whose boxing careers have run parallel. As stable mates they never met in a serious encounter untill 1935. In that non-title fight at bantam limit King decisively beat Brown, in one of the most dramatic battles fought in a ring.
The disasters of 1935 were, characteristically, shrugged off by the ebullient Brown. Within eighteen months, and now under the management of Harry Levene, Jackie was once again facing King in the Belle Vue ring, this time for the latter's bantamweight title and with ex manager Harry Fleming in Kings corner. The fight although attracting a good house, lacked the electric atmosphere of their first encounter. Brown on this occasion boxed a much more clever fight, but to the in-itiated it was obvious that the amazing speed of the old days was no longer there. Johnny King, boxing well within himself, was always in command of the situation, as he invariably was against positive fighters such as Brown. Punishing left hooks under and over, plus a plentiful supply of right hand "Mary Annes" from King, finally began to sap Jackie's strength. The fight continued, with Brown's persistence and pride keeping him going, but he was floored in the 11th and 12 rounds before being knocked out in the 13th.
Johnny King vs Jackie Brown I
Before a packed King's Hall on November 22nd 1935, the pair of them went for each other like a couple of gamecocks, which of course suited Johnny King down to the ground. Brown was cut almost from the start of the proceedings, and although by sheer speed and persistence he more than held his own in the opening three rounds, the writing was on the wall by the end of the next round when King had the measure of his old stablemate. In the 6th round, bleeding profusely from bad cuts around the eyes and hanging on to King like grim death, Jackie was a spent force, and the referee stepped in and mercifully stopped the fight. SEE VIDEO BELOW
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Johnny King vs Jackie Brown I - Friends And Rivals (1935)
Johnny King (8 January 1912 — 6 March 1963) was an Englishman who competed from 1926 to 1947. Predominantly a bantamweight, he was a two-time British bantamweight champion and a one-time British Empire (Commonwealth) bantamweight champion. His professional fighting weight varied from 84 lb (38 kg; 6 st 0 lb), flyweight, to 130 lb (59 kg; 9 st 4 lb), featherweight.
King made his professional debut on 25 April 1926, when he beat Jim Costello. On 10 August 1931 he beat Pat Boy Gorman for the vacant BBBofC Northern Area bantamweight title.
On 21 December 1931 he fought Dick Corbett for the BBBofC British Empire bantamweight title, and the vacant BBBofC British bantamweight title, at Kings Hall, Manchester. King lost the bout but would meet Corbett again on 10 October 1932, this time beating him and winning both titles. He became a popular fighter and crowd-puller, producing a twenty-one match undefeated run, losing his twenty second to Italian Domenico Bernasconi. On 12 June 1933 he successfully defended the British Empire bantamweight title against Canadian bantamweight champion Bobby Leitham, beating him on points.
On 3 July 1933 King fought Panama Al Brown in a losing effort for the World bantamweight title. King almost knocked Brown out in the seventh round, but Brown managed to hold on for a points decision. Years later Brown would comment on the power of the punch the Manchester man displayed. On 12 February 1934 King met Dick Corbett for the third time, losing both his British and British Empire titles on points.
On 27 May 1935 King won his second British bantamweight title after defeating Len Hampston on points. He would hold the British title for the next twelve years, though would only defend it twice, largely due to the outbreak of the Second World War. On 6 May 1936 King fought Nel Tarleton for the BBBofC British featherweight title, losing on points. His first defence of the British bantamweight title was against Jackie Brown, in front of a 20,000 strong crowd at Kings Hall, Manchester on 31 May 1937. King knocked Brown out in the thirteenth round. His second defence was against Len Hampston at Headingley Rugby Ground, Leeds on 22 June 1938. Hampston was disqualified in the third round.
King continued to fight during and after the war but struggled to find any form. On 10 February 1947 he lost the British title to Jackie Paterson, after being knocked out in the seventh round. Having lost his last five bouts, King retired shortly after.
Second World War
During the Second World War King fought in the Royal Navy. He was aboard the King George V-class battleship HMS Prince of Wales when she was sunk by a Japanese air attack of Kuantan, in the South China Sea.
Jackie Brown (November 29, 1909, in Collyhurst, Manchester, England – March 15, 1971) was British and European flyweight champion, and was also recognised by the National Boxing Association as the World flyweight champion.
He had his first professional fight on 18 May 1925, at the age of sixteen, defeating Harry Gainey on points over six rounds.
In October 1929, he won the vacant British flyweight title, knocking out Bert Kirby in three rounds. In March 1930, he defended the title against Kirby, and was knocked out in the third round. In February 1931, he met Kirby for the third time, winning back the title with fifteen-round points decision.
In May 1931, he won the European flyweight title, beating Lucien Popescu, of Romania on points. In the next two months he defended this title twice, winning on points against Emile Degand, of Belgium and Vincenzo Savo, of Italy.
In September 1932, he defended both his titles against Jim Maharg, winning on a disqualification in the eighth, for a low blow.
In October 1932, he fought Victor 'Young' Perez, of Tunisia for the World flyweight champion, beating him in thirteen rounds when Perez’ corner threw in the towel. Brown was recognized as World flyweight champion by the National Boxing Association of America.
In June and September 1933, he defended his World and European titles against Valentin Angelmann, of France, winning both defences on points.
In December 1933, he defended his British, European and World titles against Chris ‘Ginger’ Foran of Liverpool, winning on points.
In June 1934, he defended his World and European titles against Valentin Angelmann, for the third time, this time, after his previous two wins drawing on points. A year later Brown was stripped of his European title for not giving Angelmann a return bout.
Loss Of World Title
In September 1935, he defended his British and World flyweight titles against the talented Scottish fighter, Benny Lynch. He lost his titles when the referee stopped the contest in the second round.
Career As A Bantamweight
Following the loss of his titles, Brown continued fighting as a bantamweight. In May 1937 he fought holder Johnny King for the British bantamweight title, losing by a knockout in the thirteenth round.
This was his last challenge for a national or international title, but he continued fighting until July 1939. He then retired, but made a one-fight comeback in February 1948, when he scored a points victory over Billy Stevens over eight rounds.