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Melio Bettina
Global ID10526
sexmale
birthdate 1916-11-18
death date 1996-12-20 (80)
divisionlight heavyweight
stancesouthpaw
height5′ 9″   /   175cm
reach70″   /   178cm
country USA
residenceBeacon, New York, USA
birth placeBridgeport, Connecticut, USA
birth nameEmilio Bettina
won 83 (KO 36) + lost 14 (KO 3) + drawn 3 = 100
rounds boxed 738 KO% 36
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1948-12-21Johnny Flynn41-27-2
Sports Arena, Rochester, New York, USALKO610
1948-11-19Enrique Felpi12-6-0
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Abe Simon 6-3 | judge: Arthur Schwartz 5-4 | judge: Nick Gamboli 5-4
1948-11-08Sandy McPherson19-17-2
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USAWUD1010
1948-07-27Jimmy O'Brien25-17-3
MacArthur Stadium, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO410
time: 0:30 | referee: Harry Ebbets
1948-07-06Austin Johnson14-6-4
Twin City Bowl, Elizabeth, New Jersey, USAWKO210
1948-06-16Angel Sotillo34-19-9
MacArthur Stadium, Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO38
1948-05-24Ross Strickland22-26-3
Avalon Rollerdrome, Newburgh, New York, USAWTKO510
time: 2:32 | referee: John Palermo
1948-05-12Jackie Fisher33-21-5
City Hall, Bangor, Maine, USAWTKO5
1947-05-23Gus Lesnevich55-11-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALKO110
time: 0:59 | referee: Billy Cavanaugh
Bettina was down three times. On the final knockdown, the referee waved off the count. This set a new record for the fastest knockout in a main event at Madison Square Garden.
1946-12-10Joe Muscato23-6-1
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWTKO310
time: 1:46
1946-11-19Bill Weinberg31-8-4
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWPTS1010
1946-09-25Eldridge Eatman19-12-5
Crystal Arena, Norwalk, Connecticut, USAWPTS1010
referee: Johnny Cluney 48-34
1946-08-19Larry Bouchard12-19-2
Troy Arena, Troy, New York, USAWKO210
time: 1:07 | referee: Polly Pleat
1946-07-11Eddie Blunt36-18-6
Hartford, Connecticut, USAWPTS1010
1945-03-16Jimmy Bivins44-5-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USADPTS1010
referee: Arthur Donovan 6-4 | judge: Jack Gordon 5-5 | judge: Marty Monroe 2-8
Bettina down for a 1-count in the 5th.
1944-12-11George Parks14-11-2
Uline Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWPTS1010
1944-10-16Tommy Reed11-0-1
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO310
time: 0:16
1944-07-18Curtis Sheppard32-19-0
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Ernie Sesto 7-2 | judge: Freddie Lux 5-3 | judge: Red Robinson 6-3
1944-06-12Buddy Walker60-15-4
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWSD1010
referee: Ernie Sesto | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams | judge: Freddie Lux
1944-05-22Johnny Vorce27-11-1
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO510
1943-09-15Jimmy Bivins38-5-0
Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, USALUD1010
Bivins won 9 out of 10 rounds according to the unofficial card of the A.P.
1943-06-14Lou Brooks26-11-2
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO110
referee: Irving Kutcher
Bettina, making his first start since joining the Army a year ago, lashed a left hook across Brooks' left eye, causing temporary blindness. New York Times . A lace from Bettina's glove blinded Brook's eye which resulted in Brooks being banned from boxing in Pennsylvania for lack of vision. The UP called this a freak ko.
1942-06-23Harry Bobo29-6-0
Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWUD1010
Cleveland Plain Dealer. Bobo floored and nearly knocked out Bettina in round five. Bettina earned the decision in an exciting battle.
1942-06-12Altus Allen16-5-1
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Tommy Gilmore
This was a slow fight in which Bettina used mauling tactics.
1942-04-10Booker Beckwith17-1-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
Bettina "decisively oupointed" Beckwith. (Associated Press)
1942-03-31Gus Dorazio59-13-1
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
1942-01-12Mose Brown18-5-1
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1941-12-01Harry Bobo26-4-0
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWSD1010
referee: Red Robinson | judge: Chick Rodgers | judge: Kid Stinger
This was reported to be a great fight and a close one. Bettina floored in final round.
1941-11-17Jimmy Bivins24-3-0
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1941-10-07Sonny Boy Walker28-9-5
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Mushy Callahan
Walker was knocked down in the 9th for a three-count.
1941-08-25Pat Valentino16-3-1
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Toby Irwin
1941-07-22Red Burman75-17-1
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
One of many bouts of a "Heavyweight Boxing Carnival" program.
1941-03-25Jack Marshall17-7-5
Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa, Florida, USAWTKO910
Bettina was knocked down in the 2nd round by a right to the jaw. Marshall was unable to come out for the 10th round, due to two cuts on his cheek.
1941-03-09Buddy Knox91-13-4
Biscayne Fronton, Miami, Florida, USAWKO510
referee: Jack Dempsey
1941-02-21Herbie Katz43-12-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO910
Katz was down in the 3rd and the 8th and counted out in the 9th. (New York Times)
1941-01-13Anton Christoforidis41-9-7
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USALUD1515
referee: Joe Sedley | judge: Jim Parker | judge: Dibby Williams
vacant National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
The N.B.A. had ruled that Billy Conn had relinquished the title by failing to defend it in six months and by signing to meet Joe Louis for the heavyweight title. As to the fight itself, Bettina had a small lead after 12 rounds but Christoforidis finished well and the decision was popular with the spectators.
1940-12-17Solly Krieger81-21-6
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWUD1010
1940-09-10Gunnar Barlund39-9-0
New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, USAWPTS1010
1940-08-07Joe O'Gatty6-10-2
Mohawk Mills Park, Amsterdam, New York, USAWPTS1010
1940-06-07Al McCoy67-14-5
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USALSD1010
referee: Eddie Bradley | judge: Harry Sundberg | judge: J. Frank Montgomery
1940-02-02Fred Apostoli39-6-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWRTD1215
referee: Arthur Donovan
1940-01-05Fred Apostoli38-6-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALMD1212
"In as savage a light-heavyweight bout as has been seen in a local ring for years, Fred Apostoli, former world middleweight champion, conquered the stout-hearted but awkward Melio Bettina". Apostoli was down in each of the first three rounds, Bettina in the 10th. The referee and one judge gave it to Apostoli by 6-4-2 and 6-5-1, the other judge made it a 6-6 draw. (New York Times
1939-12-15Mario Liani3-20-3
Municipal Auditorium, Kingston, New York, USAWTKO58
1939-11-28Willie Pavlovich17-5-5
Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWPTS88
1939-09-25Billy Conn48-9-1
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALUD1515
referee: Red Robinson | judge: Johnny Fundy | judge: Chick Rodgers
NYSAC World light heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
1939-08-08Charley 'Hobo' Williams12-11-3
Woodcliff Park, Poughkeepsie, New York, USAWPTS88
1939-07-13Billy Conn46-9-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Frank Fullam | judge: Marty Monroe | judge: George LeCron
vacant National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
NYSAC World light heavyweight title
The official scorecards were 10-5, 8-7, and 9-6, all in favor of Conn. Attendance: 15,295; Gross receipts: $50,869.11
1939-05-15Italo Colonello24-15-2
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO310
Bettina "punched Italo Colonello into helplessness" and the referee "stopped the uneven contest at the end of two rounds." (New York Times)
1939-02-03Tiger Jack Fox98-14-10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO915
time: 1:22 | referee: Eddie Joseph
vacant NYSAC World light heavyweight title
1939-01-20Henry Cooper20-15-2
Hippodrome, New York, New York, USAWPTS88
1939-01-03Bud Mignault40-27-10
New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, USAWTKO1010
1938-10-10Basher Dean11-4-1
Amusement Academy, Plainfield, New Jersey, USAWPTS88
1938-08-18Buck Everett50-29-6
Woodcliff Park, Poughkeepsie, New York, USAWKO110
time: 2:28 | referee: Eddie Joseph
1938-07-26Gene Bonin11-13-5
Woodcliff Park, Poughkeepsie, New York, USAWTKO210
1938-07-02Johnny Lasinski20-4-3
Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford, Connecticut, USAWTKO510
From the Hartford Courant (Laurence Fielding).
1938-06-17Phil Sommese22-10-4
Coney Island Velodrome, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
1938-05-20Domenico Ceccarelli26-21-9
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS66
1938-05-05Jim Johnson16-4-2
Hippodrome, New York, New York, USAWTKO78
time: 1:43 | referee: Ed Smith
1938-03-25Pat McDuff14-3-1
Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWPTS1010
1938-03-11Tony Celli40-32-6
Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWKO210
time: 2:55
1938-02-04Bob Godwin90-21-12
Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWTKO710
referee: Danny Sullivan
1937-12-10Swede Berglund76-26-14
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWTKO310
time: 1:50 | referee: Abe Roth
A badly cut left eye suffered by Berglund, ended the bout.
1937-11-05Swede Berglund76-25-13
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Jack Kennedy
1937-09-28Art Johnson7-0-4
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWTKO46
1937-08-20Buck Everett48-27-6
Miami Beach, Florida, USALPTS1010
1937-08-07Johnny Duarte2-11-0
Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford, Connecticut, USAWPTS88
From the Hartford Courant (Laurence Fielding). This fight was not held in Bridgeport, as Bettina's record has previously shown.
1937-07-24Joe Lipps28-31-14
Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford, Connecticut, USAWTKO58
This fight is usually listed as occurring at Bridgeport, one of three fights that Bettina is supposed to have had in that city, summer of 1937. However, they all occurred in Milford. From the Bridgeport Post (Herb Goldman).
1937-07-10Jimmy Mendes41-10-4
Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford, Connecticut, USAWKO58
From record the Bridgeport Post (Herb Goldman). Mendes took a 9-count and then was floored for the full count in round five.
1937-06-18Joe Knight98-18-11
Beach Arena, Miami Beach, Florida, USAWPTS1010
1937-03-30Barney Brock15-3-1
Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWPTS1010
1937-03-16Joe Lipps28-27-14
Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWPTS1010
1937-03-02Tony Celli32-25-5
Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWPTS1010
1937-01-26Leroy Brown34-21-11
Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USADPTS1010
1937-01-12Carl Knowles44-30-7
Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWTKO310
1936-12-08Steve Carr45-7-7
Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWKO610
referee: Charlie Duffin
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