William Bryan Downey

BORN   September 7 1896; Columbus, Ohio
DIED March 28 1970; Wadsworth, California (Some sources report March 29 1970)
HEIGHT 5-6 1/4
WEIGHT 133-163 lbs
MANAGER Jimmy Dunn
RECORD 48-13-12 (25 KO, 66 ND)

Downey was a scrappy fighter but was not a power hitter; He was very game and was stopped only twice in 139 bouts; Ten of his losses came in the last few years of his career; In 1921, he was recognized by the Ohio Boxing Commission as the Middleweight Champion of the World

Downey defeated such men as Johnny Wilson, Mike O'Dowd, George Shade, Augie Ratner, Young Fisher, Frank Carbone, John "Happy" Littleton, Joe "Kid" Kansas, Matt Wells, Jock Malone, Joe Chip, Steve Latzo, Tommy Robson and Willie "K.O." Loughlin

1914
Feb  2 Jimmy Albright             Columbus, Oh                     KO  2
Feb 12 George Watson              Columbus, Oh                     ND  4
          -Some sources report 2/14/14
Mar 16 Eddie Erb                  Columbus, Oh                     KO  2
Mar 30 Ted Hatch                  Columbus, Oh                     KO  3
Apr 14 Jack Sullivan              Columbus, Oh                     KO  2
May 18 Matty Califf               Columbus, Oh                     KO  1
Jun 15 Jack Frambes               Cincinnati, Oh                   ND  4
Jul 20 Willie Jennings            Columbus, Oh                     KO  1
Aug 31 Willie Jones               Columbus, Oh                     KO 12
Nov  5 Richie Mitchell            Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Dec  8 Young Goldie               Columbus, Oh                     ND 12

1915
Jan 18 Patsy Cline                Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Feb 22 Peanuts Schierberl         Columbus, Oh                     KO  1
Mar 29 Cal Delaney                Columbus, Oh                     LK 11
          -Some sources report "ND 12"
Jun 14 Joe Dailey                 Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Aug  2 Patsy McMahon              Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Sep  6 Cal Delaney                Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Oct  4 Frankie Daley              Columbus, Oh                     TK  6
          -Some sources report 10/05/15
Dec  6 Roger O'Malley             Columbus, Oh                     ND 12

1916
Jan 10 Johnny Griffiths           Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Feb 28 Spider Kelly               Marshfield, Wi                   ND  8
Mar 22 Joe "Kid" Kansas           Windsor, Ont, Can                TK  8
May 11 Jack Perry                 Columbus, Oh                     KO 11
May 29 Willie Beecher             Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Jul  3 "Lockport" Jimmy Duffy     Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Oct 16 Johnny Griffiths           Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Nov 14 Spike Kelly                Kenosha, Wi                      ND 10
Nov 29 Frankie Murphy             Toledo, Oh                       ND 12
Dec 11 Johnny Harvey              Columbus, Oh                     ND 12

1917
Jan  1 Jack Perry                 Columbus, Oh                     KO  9
Jan 10 Johnny McCarthy            Windsor, Ont, Can                TK  7
          -Some sources report "NC 6"
Jan 18 Frankie Murphy             Toledo, Oh                       ND 12
Jan 29 Johnny Tillman             Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Mar  5 Jack Britton               Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Mar 16 "Lockport" Jimmy Duffy     Buffalo, NY                      ND 10
Apr  2 Willie Beecher             Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Jul  4 Eddie Moha                 Racine, Wi                       ND 10
Jul  9 Johnny Riley               Rochester, NY                    ND 10
Jul 23 Fred Dyer                  Rochester, NY                    ND 10
Aug 27 Matt Wells                 Rochester, NY                    ND 10
Sep  3 Vic Moran                  Columbus, Oh                     KO  5
Sep 17 Matt Wells                 Columbus, Oh                      W 15
          -Some sources report "ND 12"
Sep 26 Billy "Goats" Doig         LaSalle, Il                       D 10
Oct  8 Young Denny                Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Oct 20 Johnny Griffiths           Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
          -Some sources report 10/29/17
Nov 12 Young Denny                Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
Dec 17 Ted "Kid" Lewis            Columbus, Oh                     ND 12

1918
Jan  1 Johnny Griffiths           Akron, Oh                        ND 12
          -Some sources report "D 12"
Jan  9 Joe Eagan                  Milwaukee, Wi                    ND 10
Feb  7 Joe Eagan                  Milwaukee, Wi                    ND 10 
Apr  4 Jock Malone                Fort Sheridan, Il                 W 10
Apr 10 Tommy Robson               Boston, Ma                        W 12
          -Some sources report "W 10"
Jun 11 Jack Britton               Boston, Ma                        L 12
Jun 22 Marty Cross                Dayton, Oh                        D 15
Jul  3 Jacob "Soldier" Bartfield  Columbus, Oh                     ND 15
          -Some sources report "ND 12"
Aug 20 Marty Cross                Columbus, Oh                     ND 15
Sep 12 Jock Malone                St. Paul, Mn                     ND 10
Dec 16 Johnny Tillman             Columbus, Oh                     ND 12

1919
Jan  1 Ted "Kid" Lewis            Columbus, Oh                     ND 15
          -Some sources report "ND 12"
Jan 29 Willie "K.O." Loughlin     Tulsa, Ok                         D 15
          -Some sources report "L 15"
Feb 17 Willie "K.O." Loughlin     Tulsa, Ok                         D 15
Mar 20 Jock Malone                Columbus, Oh                      L 15
Apr  7 Jack Britton               Canton, Oh                       ND 12
          -Some sources report 4/08/19
May 26 Willie "K.O." Loughlin     Canton, Oh                       ND 12
Jun 19 Jock Malone                Canton, Oh                       ND 12
Jul  2 Willie "K.O." Loughlin     Columbus, Oh                      W 15
Aug  4 Jock Malone                Columbus, Oh                      D 15
Sep 26 Willie "K.O." Loughlin     Dayton, Oh                        D 15
Nov 17 Billy "Goats" Doig         Peoria, Il                       ND 10
          -Some sources report "D 10"
Dec 17 Navy Rostan                Columbus, Oh                      W 15

1920
Jan 12 Nip Howell                 Dayton, Oh                       KO  9
Jan 19 Joe Chip                   Canton, Oh                       ND 10
Jan 26 Steve Latzo                Dayton, Oh                        W 12
Jan 31 Len Rowlands               Wheeling, WV                     ND 10
Feb  6 Navy Rostan                Milwaukee, Wi                    ND 10
Mar 10 Hope Mullen                Cincinnati, Oh                   KO  4
Mar 26 Jack Britton               Cleveland, Oh                    ND 10
Mar 27 Billy Weeks                Columbus, O                      ND 10
          -Some sources report 3/28/20
Apr 12 Tommy Robson               Dayton, Oh                        W 10
May  5 Frankie Brennan            Cincinnati, Oh                   KO  5
          -Some sources report "KO 6"
May 24 Joe Chip                   Columbus, Oh                      W 12
May 31 Marty Cross                Cincinnati, Oh                   ND 10
Jun 14 Tommy Robson               Dayton, Oh                        W 12
Jul  4 Walter Caldwell            Columbus, Oh                     KO  3
          -Reports vary - 7/28/20 - 8/07/20;
           Some sources report "Cincinnati, Oh"
Jul 14 Jacob "Soldier" Bartfield  Detroit, Mi                      ND 10
Jul 21 Ralph Schappert            Dayton, Oh                        D 12
Aug 18 Jacob "Soldier" Bartfield  Detroit, Mi                      ND 10
Sep 22 Johnny Wolgast             Columbus, Oh                     KO  2
Oct 25 Ralph Schappert            Dayton, Oh                        D 12
Nov 15 Augie Ratner               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  8
Dec 14 Ralph Schappert            Columbus, Oh                      W 15

1921
Jan  7 George Chip                Cleveland, Oh                    ND 10
Jan 17 Augie Ratner               Rochester, NY                     W 15
Feb 14 Augie Ratner               Rochester, NY                     W 15
Mar 11 Young Fisher               Syracuse, NY                      D 15
Mar 30 Young Fisher               Cleveland, Oh                     W 12
May 11 Johnny Klesch              Toledo, Oh                        W 12
May 23 Johnny Paske               Buffalo, NY                       W 15
May 28 Young Fisher               Cleveland, Oh                     W 12
Jun 16 Frank Carbone              Columbus, Oh                      W 12
Jul  4 Johnny Klesch              Canton, Oh                        W 12
Jul 27 Johnny Wilson              Cleveland, Oh                    TK  7
          -Middleweight Championship of the World;
           Referee Jimmy Gardner declared Wilson the winner
           by foul; The Cleveland Boxing Commission declared
           Downey the winner by a "TK 7" verdict; The Ohio
           Boxing Federation then confirmed Downey as the 
           Middleweight Champion
Sep  5 Johnny Wilson              Jersey City, NJ                  ND 12
          -Middleweight Championship of the World
Dec 12 John "Happy" Littleton     New Orleans, La                  KO  5

1922
Feb 10 Young Fisher               Syracuse, NY                      D 15
Feb 22 Frank Carbone              Canton, Oh                        W 12
Feb 28 Tommy Loughran             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  8
          -Some sources report 3/01/22
Mar 13 Frank Carbone              Indianapolis, In                 ND 10
May 15 Mike O'Dowd                Columbus, Oh                      W 12
May 30 Harry Krohn                Akron, Oh                        ND 12
          -Some sources report 5/31/22
Jun 13 Jock Malone                Aurora, Il                       ND 10
Sep 18 Jock Malone                Columbus, Oh                      L 12
Oct 16 Nate Siegel                Boston, Ma                        W 10
Nov 13 Frankie Schoell            Omaha, Ne                        ND 10
Nov 20 Lou Bogash                 Boston, Ma                        L 10
Dec  5 Jock Malone                Louisville, Ky                   ND 12
Dec 15 John "Happy" Littleton     New Orleans, La                   D 15

1923
Jan  8 Bob Sage                   Detroit, Mi                      ND 10
Mar 15 Phil Krug                  Orange, NJ                       ND 12
Apr  2 Lou Bogash                 Rochester, NY                     D 12
Apr 26 George Shade               Youngstown, Oh                   KO  2
          -Some sources report 4/27/23
May  7 Frankie Schoell            Buffalo, NY                       L  6
May 25 Lou Bogash                 Syracuse, NY                      L 12
Jun 14 Tommy Robson               Youngstown, Oh                   ND 12
Jul 24 Jock Malone                Columbus, Oh                      L 12
Dec  3 Harry Greb                 Pittsburgh, Pa                    L 10
          -Middleweight Championship of the World

1924
May  5 Jack Delaney               Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
          -Some sources report "W 12"
Jul  7 Ted Moore                  Columbus, Oh                      L 12
          -Some sources report "L 10"
Aug    Tony "Young" Marullo       New Orleans, La                  LT 10

1926
May 10 Joe Lohman                 Columbus, Oh                      W 12
May 17 Eddie Welsh                Dayton, Oh                       KO  1
Jun  8 Augie Ratner               Cleveland, Oh                    ND 10
Jun 14 Jimmy Darragh              Columbus, Oh                      W 12
Jun 29 Len Darcy                  Flint, Mi                        KO  7
Jul 10 Speedy Sparks              Dayton, Oh                       TK  8
Aug 13 Joe Sekyra                 Dayton, Oh                        L  8
       Joe Anderson               Columbus, Oh                     ND 10
          -Some sources report "Dayton, Ky";
           Some sources report "L 10"
Sep  6 Ted Moore                  Canton, Oh                       ND 10

1927
Sep 17 Bobby Marriott             Tampa, Fl                         L 10


*** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1921
Jan  1 Augie Ratner               Columbus, Oh                      W 12

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