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The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia -- Old Timer

Billy Layton
(William S. Layton)

BORN Early sources say Virginia
WEIGHT 140-151 lbs


Layton toured the country giving exhibitions and fighting in bouts; Many times he announced himself as living in a particular city in order to increase attendance for his fights at that location

 

Undated
       Tommy Doyle                                                   EX   
          -Doyle was a sparring partner for Layton;
           They gave numerous exhibitions on tours
       Dick Case                                                     KO   

1883 
Dec 19 Danny Gallagher              Tonawanda, NY                     W  8
          -Layton was said to be from Philadelphia, Pa;
           Some sources report "KO 7" in Hot Springs, Ar

1884 
Mar 22 Dave Wentling                Cleveland, Oh                     W   

1887 
Jul 28 Jack Smith                   Jamestown, NY                    LK  6
          -Layton was said to be from Bradford, Pa
Aug 19 Ed Ryan                      Meadville, Pa                     L  6

1888 
Sep  7 Charles Slusher              Louisville, Ky                  SCH   
          -This was a finish fight; The outcome is not known
Sep 29 Ralph Welker                 Louisville, Ky                  SCH   
          -This was a finish fight; The outcome is not known

1889
Jan 30 Enoch Phillips               Nashville, Tn                     D  4 
Feb 22 Joe Tansey                   Birmingham, Al                   LK  5 
Jul  5 Jim McKeon                   near Anniston, Al                 W   
          -Bare knuckles were used; Some sources report 7/12/1889
Oct 24 Jack Donovan                 Camp Island, SC                  KO 13
          -Layton was said to be from Florence, SC;
           Weights were reported to be Layton (151 lbs), Donovan (168 lbs)

1890 
Jun  6 A.B. O'Neill                 Wilmington, NC                    L 10
          -Layton was said to be from New York;
           Perhaps, this bout was held in Wilmington, De"
Jun 16 Jimmy O'Neil                 Wilmington, NC                   EX  3
          -Perhaps, this bout was held in Wilmington, De"
Jul 25 W.A. Dempsey                 Ocean View, Va                   EX  3
Sep  5 George Isaacs                Petersburg, NC                    W  8
          -Some sources report 9/08/2890;
           Perhaps, this bout was held in Petersburg, Va"

1891 
Jun  9 Carter Lyons                 Roanoke, Va                      KO 11
Jul  4 Frank Griffin                Roanoke, Va                      KO  2

1892
Jun  4 -Layton (Champion Welterweight of the South) challenged
          James Connors' Unknown (of Buffalo) at 140-145 lbs or
          anyone in America
Jun 24 -Layton was offered a purse by the Buffalo (NY) AC to
          fight an "Unknown"
Aug 21 William Nally                Gunston, Va                      LK  2
          -Layton was said to be from Roanoke, Va;
           Some sources report 8/22/1892

1893
May 22 Billy Perrin                 near Quincy, Il                  KO  9
          -Layton was said to be from Quincy, Il
Jun 14 -Layton seconded Ike Coleman vs Billy Perrin near Louisiana, Mo 
Jun 16 Harry McCoy                  near Burlington, Ia              LK  6
          -Layton was said to be from Quincy, Il;
           Some sources report "LK 5" on 6/17/1893
Oct 23 George LaBlanche             near Des Moines, Ia              KO  7
          -This bout was held in an improvised ring,
           It was about 15 miles from Des Moines;
           Some sources report "W.L. Leighton";
           Layton was said to be from Des Moines, Ia;
Nov  9 Harry Murphy                 Des Moines, Ia                    L  4
          -Murphy knocked down Layton 3 times in round four;
           Layton's associate, Harry McCoy, rushed into the ring
           and grabbed Murphy, saving Layton from a knockout;
           The crowd thought this was to be a friendly set-to but
           after the knockdowns, it turned into a mob;
           Murphy was from New York;
           Some sources report "ND 4";
           Some sources report 11/10/1893
Nov 20 Harry Murphy                 Adel, Ia                         KO 19
          -Layton knocked out Murphy with a right to the jaw;
           The match was fought in a drizzling rain;
           Some sources report 11/21/1893 "near Des Moines, Ia"

1894
Jan 15 Harry Murphy                 Carroll, Ia                       W  6
Feb 28 Mike Murphy                  Cedar Rapids, Ia                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 28 Jimmy Kelly                  Cedar Rapids, Ia                 ND  4
          -Kelly lasted four rounds and claimed the win
Mar 23 Jimmy Kelly                  Cedar Rapids, Ia                  D 10
May 11 Harry Murphy                 Davenport, Ia                    ND  3
May 29 Nick Jarding                 Dubuque, Ia                       D 15
Aug 25 -Phila (Pa) Item reports Layton was a "heavy" welterweight
           who had won over 50 battles
Aug 31 Jimmy Murphy                 St. Joseph, Mo                   ND   
        -Layton was given a benefit by the St. Joseph, Mo AC
Sep 13 Tommy Ryan                   near St. Joseph, Mo              LK  4
          -This bout was held on a on a sandbar in the Missouri River;
           Ryan drew first blood in round two;
           Tommy had Layton groggy and almost out in round three;
           He finished him in round four; Weights: 146-146
Nov 12 John O'Donnell               Plaquemine, La                   KO  7
          -Some sources report "J.D. O'Connell"; Some report "J.J. O'Donnell"
Dec  3 an unnamed opponent          Lake Charles, La                 ND  4
Dec 14 -Layton seconded Andy Bowen vs George "Kid" Lavigne in New Orleans, La

1895
Jan 12 Tommy Doyle                  Galveston, Tx                    ND  6
          -Doyle lasted six rounds and claimed the win
Feb  2 Billy McCarthy               Galveston, Tx                    LK  3
Mar 15 Tom Monaghan                 Houston, Tx                      ND 10
          -Monaghan lasted ten rounds and claimed the win
Jun 14 Tommy Cavanaugh              Galveston, Tx                    ND  4
Sep 21 Kid Mitchell                 Ardmore, Ok                      KO  9
Nov  8 Tom Morrissey                Shreveport, La                   ND  3
Dec 17 Tom Morrissey                Shreveport, La                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1896
Jan  6 Frank Smith                  Pine Bluff, Ar                   ND  3
Jan  6 Billy Pool                   Pine Bluff, Ar                   ND  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jan 18 Frank Smith                  Pine Bluff, Ar                   ND   
Jan 22 Casey                        Pine Bluff, Ar                   ND  3
Jan 29 Frank White                  Pine Bluff, Ar                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb  5 Billy "Shadow" Maber         Pine Bluff, Ar                    D 10
Feb 25 Billy "Shadow" Maber         Pine Bluff, Ar                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           The sheriff prevented it
May 11 "Texas" Billy Smith          Hot Springs, Ar                  KO  5
          -Jim Corbett was the referee
Jun 17 Tommy Doyle                  Hot Springs, Ar                   D 10
Oct 15 Jimmy O'Brien                Pine Bluff, Ar                   ND  3
          -The news article states "Jimmy Brien" but the foe was likely "Jimmy O'Brien"
Nov 26 Billy "Shadow" Maber         Pine Bluff, Ar                    D 15
          -Some sources report "TK 15"

1897
Mar 20 John Van Heest               Hot Springs, Ar                  KO  8
Apr 15 Tommy Doyle                  Hot Springs, Ar                  KO  3
          -The news article states "William Doyle" but the foe was likely "Tommy Doyle"
Aug 24 Jack Welsh                   Washington, Id                   KO  7
Sep  6 Jim Frew                     Louisville, Ky                   ND  3
Sep 20 Jim Watts                    near Louisville, Ky              LT  2
Oct 12 Jim Lindsay                  Sedalia, Mo                       D  4
Nov 10 Eddie Donnelly               Hot Springs, Ar                  WF  8

1898
Feb 11 Jack Everhardt               Hot Springs, Ar                   D  6
          -Authorities limited the scheduled 25-round bout to six rounds
Apr 15 Tommie Cavanaugh             Dayton, Oh                        L  4
May  5 Jack Lynch                   Memphis, Tn                      KO  4
Jul 15 Jerome Smith                 Paducah, Ky                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           County officials prevented it

1899
Mar 25 Eddie Lally                  St. Louis, Mo                    ND 10
Sep 18 Willard Bean                 Denver, Co                       LK  3
Dec 19 Dan Thomas                   Arkansas City, Ks                 L   
Dec 22 Dan Thomas                   Arkansas City, Ks               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed

*** Sketch Provided By William Schutte ***

*** Much Data Provided By Bob Yalen ***

*** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed ***
                  (Not known to be bouts for this Billy Layton)

Undated
       Jack Wilkes                                                    L  7

1888-1889
       Joe Tansey                   Birmingham, Al                    D   
       Joe Tansey                   Birmingham, Al                   KO  3

1898
Apr  4 Jimmy Blackwell              Indianapolis, In                 ND   
          -Some sources report "LT 3"

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