World Boxing News has teamed up with Pitch Publishing once again for another book competition.
This week, there are THREE COPIES of John Harding’s ‘Whitechapel Whirlwind’ to give away.
Winners will be chosen from random this weekend. Good luck!
Jack Kid Berg dominated boxing in the early 1930s like no other British-born boxer before or since. Born of immigrant Russian-Jewish parents, he grew up in the East End of London, gaining a fearsome reputation for scrapping in the streets of Whitechapel.
Berg’s American battles with Tony Canzoneri and Kid Chocolate gained him worldwide fame. His 1930 victory over Mushy Callahan made him World Junior Welterweight champion, and he won the British Lightweight title at his first attempt in 1934. Old-timers recalled, “When you think Berg is going to slow down, he goes faster. He punched so fast he demoralised opponents rather than demolished them. No boxer was bolder and gamer.”
Whitechapel Whirlwind features exclusive interviews with Berg in the years before his death in 1991, and makes deft use of eye-witness accounts, newspaper cartoons, statistics and photos of Jack’s 200-plus fights. Never a man to display false modesty, Berg is brutally frank about his wins, his losses, even his love life.
Read Whitechapel Whirlwind and you will discover:
· What happened when American gangster Legs Diamond took exception to Kid Berg’s wooing of Diamond’s girlfriend
· A thrilling blow-by-blow account of East Ender Kid Berg’s clash with Cuban idol Kid Chocolate at the famous Polo Grounds in New York
· How the ‘Busy Bumble-Bee’ of the ring jitterbugged his way into and out of the bedrooms of showgirls, film stars and gangster’s molls
· The shock to the boxing world when Berg destroyed Italian-American boxing legend Tony Canzoneri – and how Canzoneri gained painful revenge
· Why legendary boxing czar Lord Lonsdale clashed with Kid Berg in the Albert Hall in 1934
· How the unconventional Kid Berg cut a swathe through the American boxing scene, combining a ‘Human Buzzsaw’ style with sleek playboy good looks
· How the diminutive East End street urchin became the World’s number one boxer in 1930
· How Jack Kid became the only British boxer to grace The Ring’s front page between the wars
· How the Jewish Star of David emblazoned on Berg’s boxing trunks became a symbol of his defiance in the face of racial discrimination
· Jack Berg’s own painfully honest assessment of his rise and fall from the pinnacles of boxing
John Harding has chronicled the lives of footballers Billy Meredith and Alex James, poet Ralph Hodgson and playwright Shelagh Delaney.
He is the author of Lonsdale’s Belt: Boxing’s Most Coveted Prize; Behind the Glory, the official history of the Professional Footballers’ Association, and Living To Play, a study of the off-field lives of professional soccer stars since the 1880s. John has contributed to Boxing News, Blizzard and Time Out.