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Billy Baker

BORN   Fought out of Buffalo, New York
DIED Not known; On November 29 1891, Baker was shot in the stomach in Buffalo and not expected to live; He had rescued a girl from a gang
WEIGHT 165-190 lbs

Baker was a willing and feisty competitor, During his career, he got into the ring with some immortals such as Peter Jackson, "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey, Charlie Mitchell and Jack Burke
During his career, he defeated such men as Mervine Thompson, James "Jack" Glynn, C.A.C. Smith

       Charles Marks                                                W   
       James "Jack" Glynn                                          TK   
          -Baker hit so hard that Glynn quit
       Hite Peckham               Bradford, Pa                     ND  8

       Charlie Mitchell           Buffalo, NY                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Negotiations fell through

Jul 15 Mervine Thompson           Navy Island, Ont, Canada         KO  7
          -This bout was held near Buffalo, NY;
           Some sources report "W 7"

Apr  9 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Buffalo, NY                      ND  4
Apr 15 Jack Burke                 Buffalo, NY                       W  4
          -Baker lasted and claimed win
Oct 16 Paddy Brennan              Buffalo, NY                      TK  4
          -Brennan was said to have broken an arm in round two; 
           He was badly punished; Police intervened; Some sources 
           report this bout held at "Grand Island, NY" ; Other 
           sources report "Navy Island"
Dec 27 -Baker was scheduled to spar at Weedsport, NY

Jan 28 Mike Leary                 Buffalo, NY                      ND  4
Feb 18 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Buffalo, NY                      ND  4
          -Some sources report "ND 1"
Sep  8 George LaBlanche           Buffalo, NY                      ND  1
Sep  8 Jack Fallon                Buffalo, NY                      ND   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Sep 10 Jack Fallon                Buffalo, NY                      LT  4
Sep 16 -Baker seconded Miss Alice Leary vs Mrs. Hattie Leslie in Buffalo, NY
          George LaBlanche seconded Hattie Leslie

Jul 29 Peter Jackson              Buffalo, NY                       L  4
Aug  6 Peter Jackson              Buffalo, NY                      EX   
          -This bout was reported to be held at Toronto, Ont, Canada
           by The Referee (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
Aug  8 Peter Jackson              Hoboken, NJ                      LT  3
          -Some sources report "L 4"
Oct 24 -Baker seconded Jack Hanlan vs Jack Hopper in Buffalo, NY
Dec  3 -Baker refereed the Bill Doherty vs Joe Fox bout in Brooklyn, NY

May  7 James "Jack" Glynn         Buffalo, NY                       D  4
Jun  9 -Baker seconded Mike Leary vs Paddy Brennan in Buffalo, NY
Jul 22 "Woburn" Tom McCarthy      Buffalo, NY                      LK  6
          -Some sources report "L 6"

Mar 26 Pat Slattery               Easton, Pa                       WF  2
          -Some sources report "Art Slattery" on 3/27/91 at "Belvidere, NJ"
       C.A.C. Smith                                                 W   
          -Some sources report 1892
       C.A.C. Smith                                                 W   
          -Some sources report 1892
Apr 24 an unnamed opponent        Boston, Ma                       EX   
Nov 29 -Baker was shot in the stomach when trying to rescue a woman
          (Laura Forrest, a singer) from a gang of ruffians; Physicians
          did not expect him to live

Feb 26 Jack Smith                 Bradford, Pa                     EX  3

Feb  7 -Baker and some other pugilists were stationed at voting stations
          in Buffalo to keep the peace

*** Some Data And Photo Provided By William Schutte ***

Review courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization