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Billy Backus

W L D
49 20 5
23 KOs 5 KOs
last 6


bouts 74
rounds 607
KOs 31%
 
global ID 12558
birth nameHoward William Backus
born 1943-03-05
debut1961-09-16 / age 18
divisionwelterweight
stancesouthpaw
height5′ 7″   /   170cm
reach
69″   /   175cm
residence
Canastota, New York, USA
birth place
Canastota, New York, USA

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1978-05-20
146¼Pipino Cuevas146¾21 6 0
Forum, Inglewood, California, USA
LTKO2/15
 L 
TKO
2/15
  
referee: Carlos Berrocal
WBA World welterweight title
Backus down in the 1st. After the 1st round, Referee Berrocal stops the fight on advice of the ringside doctor due to cuts above and below Backus's right eye.
1977-11-19
147Everaldo Costa Azevedo14771 15 25
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
DPTS12/12
 D 
PTS
12/12
  
referee: Jimmy Devlin 5-7 7-4 6-6
1977-08-25
151Joe Grier14811 6 6
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Jimmy Devlin
1977-06-03
148Rafael Rodriguez14820 6 1
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD12/12
 W  
UD
12/12
  
referee: Jimmy Devlin 7-5   judges: John Antonacci 9-2, Joe Palmer 7-4
Rodriguez down in 6th round.
1977-04-08
147¾Roy Barrientos14715 13 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Harold Valan 9-1   judges: John Antonacci 9-1, Joe Palmer 6-3
1977-01-27
148Justice Ortiz14610 12 4
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Joe Santarpia 9-1   judges: Joe Palmer 7-2, John Antonacci 8-2
1976-11-20
147Tony Lopes14619 5 1
War Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York, USA
W TKO9/10
 W  
TKO
9/10
  
referee: Jack Milicich
1976-09-11
147Pablo Rodriguez14712 18 2
Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
 8-1 8-1 7-2
1976-05-28
149Jose Papo Melendez1504 7 0
Colonie Coliseum, Latham, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
 6-4 5-4 5-4
1976-04-03
148Angel Robinson Garcia145133 74 19
War Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
1976-01-24
148Pablo Rodriguez14811 15 2
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Jack Milicich
Rodriguez was knocked down in the 2nd round.
1975-08-23
148Marc Gervais14817 10 4
Binghamton, New York, USA
W KO10/10
 W  
KO
10/10
  
time: 1:32
1975-04-11
148½Rocky Mattioli144¾33 3 1
Festival Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
LKO5/10
 L 
KO
5/10
  
referee: Terry Reilly
1974-06-20
150¾Eckhard Dagge152¾12 0 0
Berlin, Germany
LTKO3/10
 L 
TKO
3/10
  
referee: Kurt Halbach
Injured eye stoppage
1974-04-30
149¾Jacques Kechichian152½27 5 2
Paris, Paris, France
W RTD5/10
 W  
RTD
5/10
  
Backus was knocked down in the 2nd, Kechichian was knocked down 4 times. Kechichian failed to answer the bell for the 6th round.
1974-03-18
146¼Roger Menetrey14551 5 1
Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, France
LPTS12/12
 L 
PTS
12/12
  
1974-01-21
145½Roger Zami143¼43 5 2
Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, France
W TKO9/10
 W  
TKO
9/10
  
Zami down four times.
1973-12-06
148Zovek Barajas14616 2 0
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
LTKO3/10
 L 
TKO
3/10
  
time: 0:52   referee: Chuck Hassett
Stopped on cuts.
1973-10-12
146½Al Romano14857 18 1
Three Rivers Inn, Syracuse, New York, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
time: 1:01
1973-08-04
148Miguel Barreto14526 7 4
Felt Forum, New York, New York, USA
LMD12/12
 L 
MD
12/12
  
referee: Arthur Mercante 4-7   judges: Al Reid 2-9, Frank Digesu 6-6
1973-02-13
147Jack Tillman39 4 1
Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
LUD12/12
 L 
UD
12/12
  
 53-56 52-54 53-54
WBA North American Welterweight Title
Tillman down twice in the first round. Backus's glove hit the canvas and he took a standing eight count in the eighth round.
1972-12-08
145Hedgemon Lewis14544 4 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
LUD15/15
 L 
UD
15/15
  
referee: Tony Phillips 4-10   judges: Joe Palmer 4-10, Joe Abraham 2-12
NYSAC World welterweight title
1972-09-23
148Dorman Crawford14810 16 4
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO8/10
 W  
TKO
8/10
  
1972-06-16
146¼Hedgemon Lewis145½41 4 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
LUD15/15
 L 
UD
15/15
  
referee: Arthur Mercante 6-9   judges: Harold Lederman 6-8, Joe Palmer 6-7
vacant NYSAC World welterweight title
Backus was knocked down in the 2nd round.
1972-04-14
148Danny McAloon14722 5 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD12/12
 W  
UD
12/12
  
referee: Tony Phillips 11-1   judges: Joe Palmer 10-1, Tony DeSalvo 10-2
McAloon was knocked down once in the 3rd and 4th round.
1972-02-12
146Irish Pat Murphy14727 3 1
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO7/10
 W  
TKO
7/10
  
1971-12-10
148Jose Gabino14832 52 5
War Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
Gabino down in the 10th.
1971-06-04
145¾Jose Napoles14666 5 0
Forum, Inglewood, California, USA
LTKO8/15
 L 
TKO
8/15
  
time: 1:53   referee: Dick Young 1-6   judges: Larry Rozadilla 2-4, Lee Grossman 1-5
WBC World welterweight title
WBA World welterweight title
Backus was knocked down twice in the 8th round. After the 2nd knockdown, the referee took Backus to the ring doctor, who stopped the fight on a cut in the corner of Backus' left eye.
1971-03-15
148¾Robert Gallois147¼42 4 1
Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, France
W MD10/10
 W  
MD
10/10
  
Backus down in the 5th. Gallois down in the 7th, 8th, and 10th rounds.
1971-01-23
149Bobby Williams148¾15 19 2
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD12/12
 W  
UD
12/12
  
referee: Tony Phillips
1970-12-03
145½Jose Napoles144¼65 4 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO4/15
 W  
TKO
4/15
  
time: 0:55   referee: Jack Milicich 0-2   judges: Joe Palmer 0-2, Tony DeSalvo 1-2
WBC World welterweight title
WBA World welterweight title
A bad cut over Napoles left eye forced the stoppage. Napoles was also cut over the right eye.
1970-10-03
147Denny Stiletto14715 6 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W KO8/10
 W  
KO
8/10
  
1970-07-22
147½Manuel Gonzalez150½56 17 6
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Tony Phillips 8-2   judges: Joe Palmer 6-2, Tony DeSalvo 6-2
1970-06-15
145¾Frank Steele1506 10 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Tony Phillips
1970-03-24
147Manuel Burgo147½19 6 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
1970-01-30
147Ricky Ortiz14723 17 1
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO8/12
 W  
TKO
8/12
  
referee: Jack Milicich 6-2   judges: Tony DeSalvo 5-1, Joe Palmer 5-3
USA New York State welterweight title
Ortiz suffered a injured right hand, and was unable to continue after the 8th round.
1969-10-31
147Ricky Ortiz14823 17 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Tony Phillips 5-4   judges: Joe Palmer 4-4, Tony DeSalvo 4-4
1969-09-19
148Jerry Pellegrini151½27 8 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Jack Milicich 7-2   judges: Tony DeSalvo 6-3, Joe Palmer 6-4
1969-07-21
143¾Jerry Pellegrini152½26 8 0
Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
LUD10/10
 L 
UD
10/10
  
referee: Herman Dutreix 2-7   judges: Lucien Joubert 1-8, Pete Giarusso 1-9
1969-06-16
144½Percy Pugh14437 16 0
Rivergate Exhibition Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
LUD15/15
 L 
UD
15/15
  
referee: Pete Giarusso 4-8   judges: Lucien Joubert 4-9, Herman Dutreix 3-11
United States welterweight title
1969-04-25
144¾Percy Pugh144½37 15 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD12/12
 W  
UD
12/12
  
referee: Tony Phillips
1969-03-17
147C.L. Lewis14715 11 2
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO7/10
 W  
TKO
7/10
  
time: 2:42   referee: Jack Milicich
Not a TKO9 as previously listed. Sources: Syracuse Journal, Post Standard
1969-01-24
147½Percy Pugh14536 14 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W SD12/12
 W  
SD
12/12
  
referee: Jack Milicich 7-5   judges: Joe Antonacci 5-4, Joe Palmer 5-6
1968-12-14
147Freddie Cobb1485 2 2
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO5/10
 W  
TKO
5/10
  
time: 2:50   referee: Jack Milicich
1968-11-12
148Vince Shomo15312 9 2
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO8/10
 W  
TKO
8/10
  
referee: Jack Milicich
1968-10-07
146Johnny Brooks147½39 23 5
Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Pete Giarusso
1968-09-14
148Curtis Phillips1475 12 1
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO7/10
 W  
TKO
7/10
  
1968-07-29
147Jerry Pellegrini14720 6 0
Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W SD10/10
 W  
SD
10/10
  
referee: Pete Giarusso 4-3   judges: Herman Dutreix 3-5, Lucien Joubert 6-4
1968-06-03
146Percy Pugh144¼32 12 0
Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
LUD10/10
 L 
UD
10/10
  
referee: Herman Dutreix 4-5   judges: Freddie Adams 2-7, Lucien Joubert 1-7
1968-05-19
146½Dick French15040 19 3
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO6/10
 W  
TKO
6/10
  
French floored 3 times.
1968-04-06
146Danny Andrews1508 17 1
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Jack Milicich 8-1   judges: Tony DeSalvo 8-1, John Antonacci 8-2
1968-02-10
145Juan Ramos15014 16 2
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Jack Milicich 6-2   judges: Tony DeSalvo 6-2, John Antonacci 5-3
1967-11-30
146Gene Herrick149½37 12 3
Portland, Maine, USA
W TKO6/10
 W  
TKO
6/10
  
time: 0:29   referee: Pete Bennett
1967-11-24
145Curtis Phillips1474 8 1
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO6/10
 W  
TKO
6/10
  
time: 1:57
1967-10-23
146Ernie Robbins1491 0 0
Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
W KO3/6
 W  
KO
3/6
  
1967-10-16
146Tod Purtell1521 3 0
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
1965-03-05
134Rudy Richardson1389 12 0
War Memorial Arena, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA
LPTS8/8
 L 
PTS
8/8
  
1964-10-30
140½Bud Anderson138½8 1 3
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1964-07-17
134½Genaro Soto13611 5 0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
LPTS6/6
 L 
PTS
6/6
  
1964-05-19
140½Colin Fraser1398 1 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
1964-04-18
Lew Anderson5 7 2
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO5/8
 W  
TKO
5/8
  
time: 0:57
Anderson was knocked down once in the 4th round.
1964-02-29
140Dave Hilton138¾17 3 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W KO7/8
 W  
KO
7/8
  
time: 2:35
1964-02-01
140¼Colin Fraser1387 0 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO5/8
 W  
TKO
5/8
  
1963-12-19
136Billy Anderson139½10 6 1
Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
LUD8/8
 L 
UD
8/8
  
1963-08-02
134Fernand Chretien13717 2 2
Saint Anthony's Club, New Castle (Shawtown), Delaware, USA
LUD10/10
 L 
UD
10/10
  
referee: Art Tarzan McGivern 47-48   judges: Paddy Grimes 42-50, Mike Fazzone 42-48
1963-02-28
136Dick French13918 2 0
Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
LUD8/8
 L 
UD
8/8
  
1963-01-23
136½Marcel Bizien13917 10 1
Plaza Ballroom, Paterson, New Jersey, USA
DPTS8/8
 D 
PTS
8/8
  
referee: Mickey Greb
1962-12-22
133½Mike Cortez128¼2 0 0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
1962-11-24
Luis Aponte Ortiz3 0 0
Gladiators' Arena, Totowa, New Jersey, USA
LPTS4/4
 L 
PTS
4/4
  
1962-06-22
135Barney Barnez1360 3 0
Totowa, New Jersey, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
1962-06-06
Steve Gellisdebut
Saint-Jerome, Quebec, Canada
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1962-04-27
134½Sugar Lawson141½debut
Gladiators' Arena, Totowa, New Jersey, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
1962-03-09
139Randy Sanders143½debut
Totowa, New Jersey, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
1961-09-16
130½Ike Anthony1280 1 0
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO2/4
 W  
TKO
2/4
  
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Draw
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No Contest
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