Billy Plimmer

BORN   February 6 1869; Birmingham, England (Some sources report February 9 1869)
DIED February 3 1929
HEIGHT 5-3 1/2
WEIGHT 105-122 lbs
MANAGER Benny Murphy

Plimmer was a very capable fighter and a clever ring general; He was a classical British boxer who relied much upon his left hand; But, Plimmer could get very aggressive and rough when challenged; His fighting style has been compared to that of the unbeaten American boxer, Jimmy Barry - careful aggression

Harry Mullan, the British boxing historian, wrote in 1989, "Any British boxer who wins a world title in America and successfully defends it there three times should be assured of immortality - yet Birmingham's Billy Plimmer, who did just that almost a hundred years ago, is merely a footnote in the record books. He deserves better."

During his career, Plimmer won the Bantamweight Championship of the World, Great Britain and England; He defeated such men as George Dixon, Tommy "Spider" Kelly, Johnny Murphy, Elwood McCloskey, Michael "Chappie" Moran, John Van Heest, Charley Kelly, George Corfield, Billy Willis, Arthur Westley, Jem Stevens, Joe McGrath and Maxie Haugh

1888
       Charley Sallade            Birmingham, Eng                   W  4
       Jack Brown                 Birmingham, Eng                   W  4
       Jack Shannon               Birmingham, Eng                   W  6
       Sol Phillips               Birmingham, Eng                   W  8
       Bill Moore                 Birmingham, Eng                   W  8

1889
Feb 18 Jack Sweeney               London, Eng                       W  3
Feb 18 Tim Buckley                London, Eng                       W  4
Feb 18 Patsy Sheehan              London, Eng                       L  4
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
          as part of Hinde's 104-lb Tournament;
          Some sources report 2/23/88
Mar    Michael "Chappie" Moran    Birmingham, Eng                  KO  3
          -Some sources report "KO 4"
Mar    Michael "Chappie" Moran    Birmingham, Eng                   W  8
Jun  2 Joe Farrell                London, Eng                       W  6
Aug 13 Billy Willis               London, Eng                       W 12

1890
Apr  2 Tim Buckley                London, Eng                      TK  5
Aug 11 Arthur Westley             London, Eng                      TK 13
          -107 Pound Championship of London;
          Some sources report "W 13" at "Walworth, Eng"

1891
Feb 13 Charles Mansford           London, Eng                      TK 10
          -Bantamweight Championship of England;
           Some sources report "W 10"
Apr  2 Jem Stevens                London, Eng                      TK 15
          -Bantamweight Championship of Great Britain;
          Some sources report 5/30/91;
          Some sources report "W 10" on 5/31/91 
          against "Arthur Stevens"
Oct  4 -Plimmer arrived in New York, NY
Oct 27 Jim Watson                 Paterson, NJ                      W  4
Nov 13 Jack Lynch                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Dec 19 Jimmy Dwyer                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
Dec 30 Matt McCarthy              Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  2
          -Some sources report "W 2"

1892
Jan 12 Kid Hogan                  Coney Island, NY                  D  8
Feb 15 Benny Murphy               Boston, Ma                       EX   
Apr 18 -Plimmer was challenged by Jimmy Kennard to a bout
May  9 Tommy "Spider" Kelly       Coney Island, NY                 KO 10
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World
Jun 14 Willie Tucker              Newark, NJ                       KO  3
Aug  8 Jerry Barnett              Coney Island, NY                  W  8
          -Some sources report "D 8"
Oct 24 Jimmy McReavy              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
Oct 26 Jack Lynch                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
Oct 29 Jimmy McHale               Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 28 Joe McGrath                Coney Island, NY                 TK  8
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World

1893
Jan 16 Johnny Hagen               Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  4
Jan 16 Barney Reilly              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 18 Jack Harding               Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
Jan 21 David Clelland             Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
          -Some sources report "Dan Cleland"
Jan 28 Billy Rose                 New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
          It was possibly cancelled since Plimmer boxed Murphy
Jan 28 Benny Murphy               New York, NY                     EX  3
Apr 26 Eddie Burke                Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  2
Apr 29 Johnny Murphy              Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  1
Apr 29 Johnny Murphy              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -After Plimmer stopped him; They boxed a friendly bout;
          The 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun  3 Barney Reilly              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
Jul 15 Jack Lynch                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Aug 22 George Dixon               New York, NY                      W  4
Sep  4 Benny Murphy               New York, NY                     EX   
Sep 22 Kid Hogan                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX  4
Oct 23 Benny Murphy               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Oct 26 Benny Murphy               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Oct 27 Joe McGrath                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Nov    -Plimmer sparred at Troy, NY (Nov 13-18)
Nov    -Plimmer was scheduled to spar in New York, NY (Nov 20-26 1893)
Nov 28 Joe Tracy                  New York, NY                     KO  2
Dec  1 Maxie Haugh                New York, NY                      W  3
Dec 12 Mulholland                 Williamsburg, NY                 KO   
Dec 18 Pete Mace                  New York, NY                     KO  2
Dec 18 Fred Thompson              New York, NY                     KO  2
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date

1894
Feb  5 John Van Heest             Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Feb  6 John Van Heest             Chicago, Il                      KO  3
Feb  8 Solly Smith                Chicago, Il                      EX  4
Apr  3 William Johnson            Washington, DC                   KO  1
Apr  5 Charles Streets            Washington, DC                   KO  1
Apr  6 Al Stewart                 Washington, DC                   KO  1
Sep 24 Johnny Murphy              New Orleans, La                   D 25
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World
Nov 26 Charley Kelly              Coney Island, NY                 TK  3
Dec  1 Billy Whistler             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4

1895
Jan  2 Allan Johnson              Cincinnati, Oh                   KO  3
Jan 12 Barney Reilly              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
Feb 23 Elwood McCloskey           Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
Mar  7 Jimmy Barry                Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May 27 George Corfield            London, Eng                      KO  7
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World
          Bantamweight Championship of the Great Britain;
          Some sources report 5/28/95
Nov 25 Thomas "Pedlar" Palmer     London, Eng                      LF 14
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World
          Bantamweight Championship of the Great Britain;
          Some sources report "L 14";
          Some sources report "LT 14"

1896
Sep  7 George Corfield            Sheffield, Eng                    W 20
          -Bantamweight Championship of the England

1897
Mar  9 Sammy Kelly                Birmingham, Eng                  LT 20
          -Some sources report "L 20"

1898
Dec 12 Thomas "Pedlar" Palmer     London, Eng                      LT 17
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World
          Bantamweight Championship of the Great Britain;
          Some sources report "L 17"

1899
Apr  3 Harry Ware                 Birmingham, Eng                  LK 18
          -Some sources report "L 19";
          Some sources report "LK 19";
          Some sources report 4/18/99

1900
Sep 21 George Corfield            Stalybridge, Eng                  D 20


*** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1900
Feb 12 Harry Ware                 Manchester, Eng                   L 20
          -Bantamweight Championship of the England

1902
May 26 Billy Hamilton             Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  1

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