SCARCE early career original 9 1/2" x 5 1/2" handbill featuring Jackie Brown and Johnny King headlined by Collyhurst trainer Jack Bates who would guide his proteges to World and British titles, 31st January 1930, Churnet Street Public Hall, Collyhurst, Manchester.
Promoter - Tommy Shields
Jack Bates (Collyhurst stable) Leading featherweight during early 30's. Had over 250 fights. Celebrated trainer.
Ernie Moyse (Salford) Has victories over Harold Cuddy, Bob Hesford, and has drawn with Jack Bates (Collyhurst) and Albert Pover (Salford)
Johnny King (Manchester) Finalist of the Stadium Club Competition, London, and winner of over 70 contests.
Joe Fleming (Rochdale) Has met Freddie Webb, Jackie Brown, Flyweight Champion, Frank Fletcher, Yg.Fitz, Sid Ellis, and a winner of over 80 contests.
JACKIE BROWN - Four Rounds Exhibition With Two Selected Opponents.
Al Brown (Collyhurst stable) Clever featherweight. Boxed at the Adelphi and local halls vs Young Mechen (Manchester)
Jack Roach (Collyhurst) vs Jack Williams (Salford)
Boy Ellis (Collyhurst) one of three celebrated local boxing brothers VS Darkie Thompson (Manchester)
Condition very good (vertical, top & bottom edge creases & edge wear & tear) **photo taken with handbill in protective sleeve to avoid any unnecessary mishandling**
RARE Manchester and British boxing archive, possibly the only remaining example that has survived & exists from the period.
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.
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.
Nationality: United Kingdom
Residence: Collyhurst, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Birth place: Collyhurst, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Won 17 - 1 KO / Lost 20 - 8 KOs / Drawn 3
The acknowledged master of the craft during the 30's was Jack Bates, one of the first recruits to Harry Fleming's stable. The latter recognised Bates's potential as a trainer even before his tough, rough featherweigt hung up his gloves, and he persuaded Jack to take out a trainer's licence. Fortunately, Jack was himself totally committed to the game, and he and his old manager made up the most formidable twosome in British boxing. Outside the ring Bates was a quiet, unassuming individual, and he developed many of the Fleming's characteristics - the same unhurried, thorough, laid back approach to his job which, with his quiet authority, enabled him to develop, like Fleming, a special empathy with any fighter he took charge of. He trained other boxers besides the luminaires from the Fleming stable - Johnny Cusick, Phil Milligan and Joe Hardy, among others. Bates' services were particularly in demand by the number of new managers appearing on the scene during the middle 30's - men who, it must be said, had no first hand knowledge of the game and relied on people like Bates and other retired boxers to train and coach the young fighters they had signed up.