Billy Petrolle
Global ID10128
birthdate 1905-01-10
death date 1983-05-14 (78)
height5′ 7″   /   170cm
reach70″   /   178cm
aliasThe Fargo Express
country USA
residenceDuluth, Minnesota, USA
birth placeBerwick, Pennsylvania, USA
birth nameWilliam Michael Petrolle
won 89 (KO 66) + lost 21 (KO 3) + drawn 10 = 121
rounds boxed 727
Newspaper Decisions won 34 : lost 5 : drawn 5
rounds boxed 400
Total Bouts 165 KO% 40

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1934-01-24Barney Ross47-2-2
New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, USALUD1010
judge: William P. Dunn | judge: Charles Draycott
1933-12-12Stanislaus Loayza72-25-5
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO610
1933-10-21Sammy Fuller45-11-3
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Danny Ridge | judge: Sidney Scharlin | judge: Joe Hartman
1933-09-08Sammy Fuller45-11-2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USADPTS1010
referee: Johnny Brassil | judge: Tom Brady | judge: John T. Glackin
1933-07-12Bep van Klaveren30-6-4
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USAWRTD410
referee: Billy Cavanaugh
The bout was halted after round 4 because of a cut over Van Klaveren's right eye.
1933-03-22Barney Ross41-2-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALUD1010
According to the Chicago Tribune, Ross won 8 of the 10 rounds.
1932-11-04Tony Canzoneri88-11-8
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1515
World Lightweight Title
Canzoneri was "squarely at his peak: a Canzoneri so magnificently conditioned, so beautifully attuned that even the old-timers at the ringside admitted he was worthy to stand alongside the lightweight giants of the past." (United Press)

1932-06-15Tommy Grogan60-26-6
Greenlee Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Red Robinson
1932-05-20Battling Battalino40-13-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Dave Barry
"Battalino dropped Petrolle for a count of nine with a left hook to the chin in the first round, but thereafter the Fargo Express came thundering along to victory." New York Times According to the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman), Petrolle won seven rounds and Battalino took three. 10,000 fans were on hand and the net was "25,000. Both Petrolle and Battalino received $6.750.
1932-03-24Battling Battalino40-12-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO1212
time: 1:31 | referee: Ed Smith
A crowd of 18,000 watched as "Petrolle cut Battalino to pieces with vicious rights and lefts to the head, brought blood streaming from a dozen cuts, and finally stopped him after one minute and 31 seconds of the twelfth and final round. Two smashing punches to the body made Battalino sway. Another volley to the head sent him reeling into the ropes. Still he refused to go down but he was obviously out on his feet and Referee Gunboat Smith stepped in and awarded the fight to Petrolle on a technical knockout." (AP)
1932-01-22Eddie Ran31-11-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO610
1931-12-30Billy Townsend51-11-13
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO710
1931-11-18Iowa Joe Rivers19-6-0
Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, USAWPTS44
Ring February 1932 p51
1931-08-20Jimmy McLarnin48-7-3
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USALUD1010
1931-06-25Justo Suarez23-0-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO910
referee: Patsy Haley
1931-05-27Jimmy McLarnin47-7-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
1931-04-10Lope Tenorio63-31-12
Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from The Ring, June 1931, page 58. "It was a corking scrap and Petrolle had both hands busy in keeping off the rugged Filipino." Max Schmeling boxed two opponents in an exhibition on this program.
1931-02-27King Tut55-16-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO410
Tut "charging out at the starting gong battered Petrolle with savage fire which was sustained through the 1st round and found Petrolle rocking and shaken under staggering rights and lefts to the jaw." However the pendulum swung dramatically the other way in the 2nd round, Petrolle decking Tut in that round, again in the 3rd and twice in the 4th. A crowd of 14193 payed $438690 to see a great program of fights.(James P. Dawson, New York Times)
1931-02-06Jackie Moore7-16-1
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USAWKO1
1931-02-02King Tut54-16-2
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USALKO110
time: 0:34
1931-01-01Billy Light25-6-2
Fargo, North Dakota, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Salt Lake Tribune (A.P. wire)
1930-11-21Jimmy McLarnin47-6-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Patsy Haley
"The greatest welterweight in America and believed heretofore to be the uncrowned world ruler of the class was knocked from his lofty perch last night in Madison Square Garden and supplanted by an overgrown lightweight. Billy Petrolle, Fargo veteran, who owns no respect for individual or ability, conquered Jimmy McLarnin, Coast Irishman with the devastating punch, in a 10 round battle which furnished one of the most exciting welterweight struggles seen in a local ring in years and provided about the biggest upset boxing has seen here in recent times. Battering and pounding away at his foe, whose hitting skills and strength have of late claimed victims with monotonous regularity, Petrolle, an ironman of the ring and a hitter of no mean ability himself, carried off the decision" and "did everything but knock-out McLarnin and missed that climax to a wonderful effort because of the Irish lad's recuperative powers". McLarnin was down twice in the 4th round for nine counts. His manager later claimed McLarnin injured his right hand in the 2nd round and "it was noted that he used his right hand seldom after the 4th session." (James P. Dawson, New York Times). McLarnin was unable to fight for months.
1930-11-07Spug Myers67-23-21
Armory, Duluth, Minnesota, USAWNWS66
Petrolle "won every round" and put Myers down twice in the second round. (Associated Press)
1930-10-10Jack 'Kid' Berg84-4-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: George Patrick | judge: George Kelly
1930-09-11Tony Canzoneri73-7-8
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
From Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman). Petrolle took at least six rounds and "looked like a million dollars," while Canzoneri's timing seemed off.
1930-09-01Doty Turner8-2-2
Lake Kampeska Arena, Watertown, South Dakota, USAWKO310
1930-08-25Frankie LaFay45-13-4
Dayton, Ohio, USAWTKO312
1930-08-12Paddy Walthier21-9-7
Congress Outdoor Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO410
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman). Other bouts scheduled for this program, but not reported: Joey Thomas v. Don Barnett; Sammy Adducci v. Johnny Lazar; Billy Kennedy v. Joe Brown.
1930-07-28Johnny Curtin45-43-7
Dayton, Ohio, USAWKO510
1930-07-25Johnny Melton9-4-1
Arena, Schenectady, New York, USAWPTS1010
1930-07-11Izzy Kline1-6-1
Calumet, Michigan, USAWKO2
1930-05-29Red Fry3-0-0
Avalon Arena, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USAWTKO110
1930-04-26Tony Sanders15-25-0
Fargo, North Dakota, USAWKO16
1930-04-01Joe Azzarella15-8-1
Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO310
1930-03-11Jackie Kane12-18-6
Avalon Arena, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USAWKO910
Kane was down eight times
1930-02-17Joey Brooks1-1-0
Louisville, Kentucky, USAWKO3
1930-01-28Jackie Purvis20-10-3
Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from Indianapolis News
1929-09-12King Tut41-12-1
Navin Field, Detroit, Michigan, USALPTS1010
referee: Al Day
Moorhead Daily News--"Tut takes 8 Rounds from Billy"
1929-07-26Jimmy Goodrich78-25-18
Armory, Duluth, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Petrolle won the newspaper decision. (Daily Northwestern)
1929-07-22Harry Kahn17-5-0
Janesville, Wisconsin, USAWDQ310
According to the Milwaukee Journal, Kahn was hit low and given five minutes to recover. However, he then refused to continue and the referee disqualified him!
1929-06-20Gilly O'Brien
Dayton, Ohio, USAWKO3
1929-06-06Ray Miller46-15-4
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1929-05-01Ray Miller45-15-4
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USALPTS1010
referee: Elmer Slim McClelland
1929-04-09Norman Brown6-8-1
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USAWTKO410
Petrolle suffered a cut over his right eye which forced him to withdraw from a ten-rounder with Herman Perlick, scheduled for April 19 at La Crosse, Wi. (Daily Northwestern)
1929-03-20Bulldog Gonzalez26-13-5
Dance Palace, Huron, South Dakota, USAWKO210
1929-03-15Jimmy Borde3-23-3
Armory, Duluth, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Petrolle won the newspaper decision. (Havre Daily News Promoter)
1929-03-01Tony Ross24-21-6
Grand Forks, North Dakota, USAWTKO410
1928-10-16King Tut33-11-1
Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USALNWS1010
referee: George Barton
Newspaper decision from the Bismarck Tribune. "Petrolle is badly beaten"--Minneapolis Journal
1928-09-21Stanislaus Loayza46-8-3
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO210
1928-08-24Jack 'Kid' Berg57-3-4
Mills Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO510
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman). "Berg took a monumental beating; he was down nine times in the first round and once in the third."
1928-08-17Jackie Kane12-14-6
Duluth, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Petrolle won the newspaper decision. (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune)
1928-07-26Jack 'Kid' Berg57-3-3
Mills Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS1010
1928-07-12Billy Engman6-4-0
Aberdeen, South Dakota, USAWKO3
1928-07-09Al Rammy
Duluth, Minnesota, USAWKO2
Jack Hurley's personal records of Petrolle's record as given to Petrolle family.
1928-06-29Doc Snell45-22-21
Dugdale Park, Seattle, Washington, USADPTS66
referee: Harold Jones
1928-06-21Bruce Flowers52-6-8
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1928-06-13Jackie Kane12-11-6
Kansas City, Missouri, USAWNWS1010
Petrolle won the newspaper decision. (Bismarck Tribune)
1928-06-07Armand Schaekels72-14-6
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO310
Schaeckels took the count of ten.
1928-05-22Eddie Dwyer3-2-2
Lake Kampeska Arena, Watertown, South Dakota, USAWKO410
referee: Tommy Collins
1928-04-27Tommy Grogan26-6-4
City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USALTKO710
Petrolle sustained an injury to his right eye.
1928-03-16Bruce Flowers48-5-8
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALPTS1010
1928-02-28Rusty Jones6-4-1
Auditorium, Bismarck, North Dakota, USAWKO410
1928-02-24Spug Myers62-10-21
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1928-02-10Russie LeRoy32-12-2
Fargo, North Dakota, USADNWS1010
Newspaper draw. (Bismarck Tribune)
1928-01-13Sammy Mandell51-4-4
Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USALNWS1010
"Sammy Mandell, world's lightweight champion, won a shade newspaper decision in 10 rounds over Billy Petrolle, Duluth, here tonight, but barely escaped a knockout. A terrific right to the jaw early in the eighth round knocked Mandell into the ropes and a smashing left to the head had him groggy. Sensing a knockout, Petrolle pumped both hands to the head and body, but Mandell's footwork saved him." (Helena Independent)
1928-01-02Cuddy DeMarco55-26-18
Fargo Auditorium, Fargo, North Dakota, USAWRTD710
referee: Dave Barry
Jack Hurley promoter.
1927-12-02Harry Kahn16-5-0
Duluth, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Journal. This was a rousing fight in which Kahn was down three times and Petrolle twice.
1927-09-08Tommy Herman23-7-3
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALTKO710
Results from the Syracuse Herald. The bout was stopped due to a huge gash over Petrolle's eye. Petrolle was winning the bout at the time of the stoppage.
1927-08-26Harry Kahn16-4-0
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Journal. Kahn was down for "two" in round one, but gave Petrolle a hard fight.
1927-08-19Johnny Ceccoli26-19-7
American Legion, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USAWKO610
referee: Joe O'Connor
1927-08-15King Tut26-8-1
New Hippodrome Arena, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
referee: George Barton
According to the Minneapolis Tribune (Bob Soderman) Petrolle won decisively. Tut seemed to be overly careful about fouling Petrolle, as he had done in the previous fight between the two.
1927-08-02King Tut26-7-1
New Hippodrome Arena, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWDQ410
referee: George Barton
Tut landed several low blows in the fourth round. Petrolle said that he would continue the fight if given several minutes to recover. However, after the respite, he was in no condition to resume the fight and the referee disqualified Tut.
1927-07-19Eddie Brady23-21-10
Fargo Auditorium, Fargo, North Dakota, USAWKO110
Petrolle caught Brady with a short right hook to the chin when they met in the center of the ring, it was all over in 46 seconds. Fargo American Legion promotion. John Comrie matchmaker.
1927-06-27Basil Galiano45-18-5
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1927-06-15Billy Wallace53-17-23
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USALPTS1010
Charles Lindbergh, fresh from his world-famous flight, attended part of this card.
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