|Real name||Sol Blumenfeld|
|Nickname(s)||"Basking" Jack Bloomfield|
|Rated at||Light heavyweight|
November 20, 1899|
Islington, London, England
|Died||1961 (aged 61)|
|Wins by KO||20|
|No contests||1 |
Jack Bloomfield (November 20, 1899 – 1961) was an English light heavyweight professional boxer, whose birth name was Sol Blumenfeld, and who was also known as "Basking" Jack Bloomfield during his career. He took part in the first ever boxing event to be held at Wembley Stadium. He lived in Islington, London.
Staying at middleweight, Bloomfield won his next three fights, which took place between March and June 1919, before suffering a "no contest" decision in the 8th round against Eddie Feathers on July 28, 1919. He was back to winning ways in his last three fights of 1919, and all by technical knockout.
On April 23, 1920, he fought his first bout in the USA, defeating Walter McGirr in a 6 round contest in Jersey City, New Jersey. During the rest of the year, Bloomfield fought six more US and Canadian fighters, winning four, losing one and drawing one. Returning to London in 1921, he won two more fights during February, before challenging the vastly experienced Ted "Kid" Lewis for the vacant British Middleweight Championship at Holland Park Rink in London on June 27. This was fought over a mammoth 20 rounds, and Bloomfield lost on points. In December, he eased his way back with a 3rd round knockout win against a Services boxer in Hoxton, London.
At light-heavyweight and heavyweight
From the beginning of 1922, Bloomfield moved up to the heavyweight division for one fight (which he won), before switching to his eventual weight of choice, light heavyweight, to fight one winning bout prior to his next attempt at a championship belt. This was the BBBofC title vacated by Noel "Boy" McCormick, and Bloomfield was matched with Harry Drake in a 20 round contest in London on May 1, 1922. Drake lost this on a technical decision in the 9th round, to give Bloomfield his first ever universally recognised championship.
Twice defending the title successfully that year, against Albert "Kid" Lloyd and "Bombardier" Billy Wells (both by 6th round knockouts), he then challenged John "Soldier Jones" Beaudin of Canada for the British Empire Light Heavyweight Championship at the National Sporting Club in London on March 26, 1923, winning by a technical knockout in the 5th round, to add another belt to his collection.
He successfully defended the British Empire title in May of that year, when Northern Irishman Dave Magill quit in the thirteenth round of twenty at Olympia in London. However, for his next title attempt in November of that year, moving up a weight, he was to suffer an embarrassing defeat.
First ever boxing match at Wembley
After winning one more light heavyweight bout in May 1924, Bloomfield was chosen to take part in the first ever boxing match to be held at the recently built Wembley Stadium, against Tommy Gibbons of the United States in a non-title fight which took place during the British Empire Exhibition on August 9, 1924. This contest was also notable for causing the bankruptcy of Major Arnold Wilson from Preston, who had promoted the fight, but was met with severe financial demands from Gibbons. Bloomfield was knocked out in the 3rd round, and never fought again. He died in 1961.
- Statistics and record of fights: Boxrec.com website. Retrieved on January 18, 2008.
- Bloomfield v. Gibbons, first ever boxing match held at Wembley Stadium: BBC.co.uk website. Retrieved on January 18, 2008.
- Bloomfield v. Gannon, Finsbury, 1918: Boxrec.com website. Retrieved on January 18, 2008.
- Fullerton v. Bloomfield, Royal Albert Hall, 1918: Boxrec.com website. Retrieved on January 18, 2008.
- Bloomfield v. Feathers, (no contest), 1919: Boxrec.com website. Retrieved on January 18, 2008.
- McGirr v. Bloomfield, Jersey City, 1920: Boxrec.com website. Retrieved on January 18, 2008.
- Lewis v. Bloomfield, Holland Park, 1921: Boxrec.com website. Retrieved on January 18, 2008.
- Bloomfield v. Drake, British Light Heavyweight Championship, 1922: Boxrec.com website. Retrieved on January 18, 2008.
- Bloomfield v. Beaudin, British Empire Light Heavyweight Championship, 1922: Boxrec.com website. Retrieved on January 18, 2008.
- Bloomfield v. Magill, British Empire title defence, 1923: Boxrec.com website. Retrieved on January 18, 2008.
- Goddard v. Bloomfield, British Heavyweight Championship, 1923: Boxrec.com website. Retrieved on January 18, 2008.
- Bloomfield v. Gibbons - bankruptcy for Major Wilson: Time Magazine, August 25, 1924. Retrieved on January 18, 2008.
- Detailed account of the first ever Wembley Stadium boxing match, Bloomfield v. Gibbons, 1924: cached HTML version of a PDF file at SwanseaBattalion.net website