Sport: Boxing Inducted: 1993 Country: Great Britain Born: Born: June 28, 1909 in London, England Died: April 22, 1991
was World Junior Welterweight Champion in 1930 and 1931.
knocked out American Mushy Callahan to win the title and
lost it 13
months later to World Lightweight Champion Tony Canzoneri.
son of an East End Orthodox family, Berg gained his amateur
experience in the streets of London. Only 15 years of age
in 1924, he volunteered for his first pro fight. By 1928,
he was boxing in the United States and in 1930 celebrated
his most impressive year. In January of that year, he decisioned
Canzoneri and, a month later, stopped Callahan for the World
Welterweight crown. In August, he handed Kid Chocolate his
first defeat in more than 100 bouts, and in October, he avenged
his first two American losses by decisioning Billy Petrolle
in New York.
Berg’s professional record: 192 bouts—won
157 (57 by KO), drew 9, lost 26.