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date: 27 February 2020

Britton, Jacklocked

(14 October 1885–27 March 1962)
  • Luckett V. Davis


Britton, Jack (14 October 1885–27 March 1962), professional boxer, was born William James Breslin near Clinton, New York, the son of Charles Breslin, a day laborer, and Eliza Jane Sweet. He lived in Oneida County, New York, and New Britain, Connecticut, until he was ten years old, when his family moved to Chicago. There he became a newsboy and learned to fight on the streets to protect his territory. By 1900 he was fighting in privately staged boxing events called “smokers,” especially in the mail room of the ...

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