Titles: Lightweight champion 1942-1943 Record: 83-24-5 Born: May 1, 1921 in Augusta, Georgia (USA) Years active: 1940-1955 Nickname: None Beau Jack began his working life by shining shoes at the famous Augusta Golf Club. Sadly that is also how he also finished his life, working in a Miami hotel shining shoes. Incredibly Jack had grossed 1.5 million dollars in his career but it was somehow all squandered away. His ring skills were first learned in battle royal's, in which 6 to 10 kids were put into a ring (sometimes blindfolded) and punched each other until only one was left standing. Beau Jack began to box professionally in 1940 after he was moved north by famous golfer Bobby Jones to Massachusetts and learned under the guidance of veteran trainer Syd Bell. His all action style made him a instant attraction with the fans, especially in New York City. By the time his career was over he had fought champions like Henry Armstrong, Fritzie Zivic, Johnny Bratton, Sammy Angott, Lew Jenkins, Juan Zurita and Ike Williams. In his fabulous career he topped the bill of the famous Madison Square Garden 21 times, a record to this day. He was not successful to begin with as he was matched very tough, after his first 6 fights Jack sported a rather bad record of 2 wins 3 losses and 1 draw. Jack would get much better and as his fighting improved he moved from the Massachusetts area as his skills carried him to New York City. In late 1942 at the age of 21 he won part recognition of the world lightweight title from New York State by knocking out Tippy Larkin with a perfectly placed right uppercut in the third round. After this fabulous win he would defeat the great Fritzie Zivic in Madison Square Garden twice in a row with a 10 and 12 round decision wins. Both fights offered action but Jack was the obvious victor in both bouts. Wanting to both prove himself and earn some money Jack took on and defeated highly touted Henry Armstrong in a 10 round war. This was a ugly fight that saw a lot of infighting. Jack to his credit pushed, shoved and wrestled his way to the victory. Still it was less than five months after he won the title from Larkin that Beau would loose that title when Bob Montgomery defeated him. It was the first of a 4 bout saga with Bob Montgomery that were all action. In the first bout Jack lost a 15 round decision to Montgomery after he had Montgomery seriously hurt in the first round. Montgomery regained control over the mid rounds and jabbed his way to a victory, over the fading Jack. The end of the fight saw a Jack whose eyes were almost swollen shut and his lip terribly disfigured. The rematch with Montgomery again went 15 rounds but this time Jack was the crisper fighter and his offensive style won the judges favor and his crown back. Unlike the first fight Jack did not tire in the later rounds. A year later in 1944 Jack would again loose the title to Montgomery over 15 rounds. In front of 19,006 people the two men wrestled and mauled each other in a pure grudge match. It was the most grueling of the 4 fight series for both fighters. Montgomery forced his way past the jabs of Jack to tear down the midsection of Jack. Again Jack faded late and Montgomery won a very close decision. The final meeting saw Jack win the least spectacular of the 4 fights with a 10 round decision win. After the last Montgomery fight Jack took a year off from boxing before returning. In 1946 Jack defeated Sammy Angott with a 7th round TKO to get himself back into the championship fray. It would be 2 years before he got a title shot however and by this time it looked like he was not the same fighter. The fights with Montgomery had taken a lot out of Jack. His days as a championship contender ended when he was defeated by Ike Williams in 1948 for the lightweight title. Williams was too fast and too strong for Jack and dominated every round. Still Jack fought on for 7 years winning more than he lost. But when he stepped up in competition he lost. Good wins over Lew Jenkins and a draw with Ike Williams were offset by losses to Kid Gavilan, Frankie Fernandez, and Gil Turner. In retirement at the age of 34 Jack went back to shining shoes and also trained kids at the famous Fifth Street Gym in Miami.