In modern boxing, a boxing rivalry that spanned more than three fights (trilogy) is considered very long. Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 to some is already a very long series. What more if Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will agree to fight for the fifth fight? That would make it sound very… very… long series. But don’t you know that the longest boxing series is between United Kingdom’s Ted Kid Lewis and American Jack Britton?
Lewis and Britton fought not just four or five rematches. They fought mind-blowing 20-times in a span of six years, from 1915 to 1921. Would you believe that they even fought three times in one month? Yes three times in one month. In June 1917, Lewis and Britton fought three times–weekly basis.
The unbelievable duo fought on 6th, 14th, and 25th all in the month of June. I even think, is it a sparring session? I could not imagine if these two have the time to heal and recover from injuries or cuts acquired during the fight. The gap between fights is too short for their bodies to recuperate.
The first match happened in March 1915 and they fought again in August and September–a total of three fights in 1915 only. The following year (1916) they fought a stunning five times and again another unimaginable five times in 1917.
The rivalry started in 1915 ended in 1921. In the 20-fight series, it was Jack Britton who won. His record of the series is 9-7-4 (KO 1).