Bloomfield, Jack : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Bloomfield, Jack

A British light-heavyweight champion, Bloomfield was knocked out in the third round by American Tommy Gibbons in 1924 during the Empire Exhibition, an event whose purpose was to reinforce the connection between England -- as Mother Country -- and the rest of the British Empire. The bout was the first-ever boxing event at famous Wembley Stadium.

Birth and Death Dates:
unknown

Career Highlights:
Bloomfield fought professionally in the 1920s as a middleweight and light-heavyweight. In 1920, he faced future world light-heavyweight champ Mike McTigue twice when both fighters were still middleweights. Both bouts, which were a week apart in Montreal, ended in 10-round no decisions. The following year, Bloomfield fought Ted "Kid" Lewis for the vacant British middleweight title. Lewis, who had relinquished the European welterweight crown the previous year, defeated Bloomfield in their title bout with a 20-round decision.

Bloomfield then moved up in weight and defeated Harry Drake on a ninth-round TKO to win the British light-heavyweight title. Jack then gained the British Empire light-heavyweight title by knocking out Horace "Soldier" Jones in the fifth round in March 1923. Bloomfield had one successful title defense before vacating the crown. After losing to Gibbons in 1924, Bloomfield's only other major fight was in 1927 against Leone Jacovacci (aka Jack Walker), the future European middleweight champ; Jacovacci won the 10-round decision.

Origin:
England



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References:
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co, 1965)


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