Jack Thompson (boxer)

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Young Jack Thompson
Real nameCecil Lewis Thompson
Nickname(s)Young Jack
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Born(1904-08-17)August 17, 1904
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedApril 11, 1946(1946-04-11) (aged 41)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights114
Wins by KO44
No contests0

Cecil Lewis "Jack" Thompson (August 17, 1904 – April 11, 1946) was an American boxer who twice held the World Welterweight Championship.[1] Born Cecil Thompson, his name was changed when he decided to become a professional fighter. His father, who was training him, did not think "Cecil" was a fighter's name, so he chose "Jack." To avoid confusion with another fighter named "Jack Thompson," his father decided to use the ring name Young Jack Thompson.[2]

Boxing career[edit]

Thompson became a professional fighter in 1922. He reeled off a series of wins, but also had a draw and a loss to future welterweight champion Young Corbett III. In 1928 he fought the welterweight champion, Joe Dundee, in a bout over the welterweight limit so that Dundee's title was not at stake. He knocked Dundee out in the second round.

In 1929 he received a shot at the vacant National Boxing Association title stripped from Dundee. However, Jackie Fields beat him in a ten-round decision for the belt. In 1930 Thompson lost to Jimmy McLarnin but, in his next fight, won the welterweight title by beating his old rival Jackie Fields. After four non-title bouts (including a loss to Young Corbett III), Thompson put his title on the line against Tommy Freeman in September 1930 and lost it by a fifteen-round decision.

Freeman gave Thompson a rematch in April 1931 and Thompson regained the title by a twelfth round technical knockout. Thompson again fought a series of non-title bouts. In one of them he lost to Lou Brouillard. That loss prompted a match at the welterweight limit with Thompson's title at stake. Brouillard once again beat Thompson, ending his second reign as champion.

He continued fighting until he announced his retirement on June 2, 1932. He died on April 11, 1946, of a heart attack in Los Angeles.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Lineal Welterweight Champs". Cyber Boxing Zone.
  2. ^ Fleischer, Nat (August 1994), "Young Jack Thompson", World Boxing: 52
  3. ^ Fleischer, Nat (August 1994), "Young Jack Thompson", World Boxing: 57

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Preceded by
Jackie Fields
Welterweight boxing champion
May 9, 1930–Sept 5, 1930
Succeeded by
Tommy Freeman
Preceded by
Tommy Freeman
Welterweight boxing champion
April 14, 1931–Oct 23, 1931
Succeeded by
Lou Brouillard