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Johnny Summers (21 January 1883 – 27 March 1946) was an English boxer who competed from 1901 to 1920. He was a British and British Empire (Commonwealth) welterweight champion. Summers made his debut on 1 April 1901 at the Gaiety Athletic Hall, Sydney, Australia, forcing Bob Cooper to retire from the bout in the third round. On 1 October 1906, Summers fought Boss Edwards for the NSC British featherweight title, winning the twenty round bout on points. He lost the title two months later to Spike Robson on 17 December, Summers being disqualified in the fourth round. From May 1907 to April 1908, Summers boxed in the United States, beginning with a bout against Harlem Tommy Murphy on 22 May, at the National A.C. in Philadelphia, the bout ending in a draw. Summers ended his tour of the United States with a win over Steve Sullivan on 30 April 1908, at the Eureka A.C. in Baltimore. On 8 November 1909, Summers fought Freddie Welsh for the NSC British and EBU European lightweight titles. This was also the first-ever contest for the Lonsdale Belt. Summers, bleeding as early as the third round, lost the twenty round bout on points. On 11 April 1912, Summers fought Young Joseph for the BBBofC British welterweight title, at the Liverpool Stadium, Liverpool. Summers won the twenty round bout on points. He then faced Artur Evernden for the vacant NSC British welterweight title on 17 June 1912, winning the twenty round bout after forcing Evernden to retire in the thirteenth round. Summers defended the NSC title on 9 December 1912 against Sid Burns, winning the bout on points. In a rematch against Burns on 11 June 1913, Summers again emerged victorious, retaning the BBBofC British welterweight title, and winning the British Empire (Commonwealth) welterweight title. Shortly after he travelled to Australia, where he defended both titles against Artur Evernden at Barker's Pavilion, Melbourne, on 11 June 1913, Summers winning the bout on points. On 10 January 1914, Summers lost both titles to Tom McCormick by a points decision at the Sydney Stadium, Sydney. He got a rematch against McCormick on 14 February, but failed to win back the titles, being knocked out in the first round. The NSC did not officially recognise the bouts in Australia, and so upon returning home, Summers contested the vacant NSC welterweight title against Johnny Basham on 14 December. Summers, the more experienced fighter, was the favourite going into the bout, but suffered a knockout to the up and coming Basham. Summers would get one more title opportunity, against Bob Marriott for the NSC lightweight title on 23 June 1919. Summers was disqualified in the tenth round for holding. Offered here is an original cabinet card of Johnny Summers squaring off with British bantamweight Alf Wicks.
This is an original cabinet card with photographer stamp at bottom for Newman Studio of New York. Images are bold and clear. Tack holes at perimeter. Chipped lower left corner. Stain at top left. Fighter bodies are outlined and there is a mark on Summers body. 4 1/4" x 6 1/2."

Size: 4 1/4 x 6 1/2

Condition: good