Billy Miske
Global ID10592
birthdate 1894-02-16
death date 1924-01-01 (29)
height6′ 0½″   /   184cm
reach76″   /   193cm
aliasThe St. Paul Thunderbolt
country USA
residenceSaint Paul, Minnesota, USA
birth placeSaint Paul, Minnesota, USA
birth nameWilliam Arthur Miske
won 45 (KO 34) + lost 3 (KO 1) + drawn 3 = 53
rounds boxed 315
Newspaper Decisions won 29 : lost 10 : drawn 13
rounds boxed 478
Total Bouts 105 KO% 32.38

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1923-11-07Bill Brennan51-8-3
City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWKO410
referee: Leo Shea
Brennan was badly out-of-shape, with "stomach and back well rounded out with fat." Miske won the first two rounds easily. Brennan rallied a little in the third, but then "Miske drive home a wicked left to the mouth. Brennan reeled." He was then knocked down and out of the ring from a series of blows, but rolled back into the ring. The gong sounded when the count reached five. In the fourth Miske soon landed a hard right to the jaw and Brennan went down for the count.
1923-01-12Harry Foley12-3-1
City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWTKO110
time: 0:42
Foley down six times in the first round.
1922-12-15Tommy Gibbons43-2-1
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USALUD1010
Gibbons finished the fight with a badly swollen left eye. First official decison since boxing was re-legalized in Minnesota.
1922-11-11Bud Ryder
Grand Forks Auditorium, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USAWTKO310
referee: Leo Kossick
Ryder was down five times in the 2nd round and once in the 3rd when the referee stopped the bout. (Grand Forks Herald)
Ryder was reported prior to this bout to have had 14 bouts, with 9 KO's, and weighing around 235 pounds.

1922-10-13Tommy Gibbons41-1-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWDQ1015
time: 0:27 | referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland | judge: Artie McGovern
1922-09-04Bob Roper24-16-4
Coliseum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USADPTS1212
referee: Edward W. Cochrane
1922-08-25Fred Fulton70-8-2
Lexington Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWKO110
Gate: $20,000. Attendence: 7,500. Fulton down twice, the first time from a right on the jaw after just one minute of milling. When Fulton arose, Miske rushed in and quickly put him down for good with a short left hook. Fulton failed to land a single solid blow.
1922-07-10Martin Burke25-12-3
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USAWNWS1212
Miske won the newspaper decision. (Nebraska State Journal)
1922-07-03Willie Meehan80-23-37
Coliseum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USAWKO110
time: 2:40 | referee: Walter Bates
1922-06-23Homer Smith26-8-0
Covington, Kentucky, USAWKO112
1922-05-29Bob Roper23-15-4
Dyckman Oval, Manhattan, New York, USAWPTS1010
1922-04-27Martin Burke25-11-2
Orleans A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1515
Reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
1922-04-10Billy Shade39-12-18
Oak Hill Auditorium, Youngstown, Ohio, USAWTKO212
Shade down twice in the first round, and twice more in the second before the referee stopped the bout.
1922-03-02Al Roberts16-4-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO210
Miske completely outclassed his less experienced rival, lefts and rights to the jaw in rapid succession dropped him to the canvas at 2:53 of the second round.New York Times
1922-02-20Bob Roper20-12-3
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWDQ68
Roper was disqualified and sent from the ring at the end of the sixth. Vancouver Province
1922-01-28Jack Renault16-2-1
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO1315
Rising from a knockdown, Renault took a hard punch that put him through the ropes, and he was counted out before he could climb back into the ring.
1922-01-16Charley Weinert29-4-0
Broad A.C., Newark, New Jersey, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Record.
1921-11-11Tony Melchior8-1-0
Columbus, Nebraska, USAWTKO410
referee: Ernie Holmes
Melchior was down in the 1st round.
A duplication of this fight, dated February 16, 1922, has been eliminated from the record of Miske and Melchior.

1921-07-02Jack Renault13-2-1
Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
One of the preliminary bouts to the Dempsey - Carpentier fight, Renault being a sparing partner for Dempsey. (New York Times)
1921-06-08Bill Brennan45-6-3
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
"Miske took five rounds, Brennan two, three were even." (Decatur Daily Review) The Milwaukee Journal also reported that Miske was the winner.
1921-05-09Tom McCarty7-6-4
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWKO210
Miske and McCarty did not fight on April 14, 1921. That entry, also listed as two-round knockout for Miske, was a duplication of the actual May 9, 1921 fight.
1921-03-07Farmer Lodge5-3-0
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWKO410
referee: Jack Dempsey
1921-02-09Lee Anderson15-7-9
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
1920-09-06Jack Dempsey48-4-9
Floyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, USALKO310
time: 1:13 | referee: James F. Dougherty
World Heavyweight Title
Miske took a count of three in the second round, said to be the first knockdown of his career.In the third round, he was down for "nine" before taking the full count. This was actually a no-decision fight.

1920-06-11Jack Moran3-9-2
Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWKO210
1919-07-03Battling Levinsky38-7-10
Rossford Arena, Rossford, Ohio, USALNWS1212
Billed by promoter Jimmy Shea as being for the World Light Heavyweight Title
Fort Wayne News and Sentinel July 2, 1919
This bout was fought the evening before the Jack Dempsey-Jess Willard World Heavyweight Title bout at nearby Toledo.
Newspaper draw. (Fort Wayne News and Sentinel). The Toledo Times and Toledo Blade both had the bout as a victory for Levinsky stating that early on he outjabbed Miske and then opened up in the later rounds and took the fight to Miske. The Toledo News-Bee did not offer any coverage of the bout.

1919-06-25Bill Brennan26-4-3
Cardinal Field, Saint Louis, Missouri, USADNWS88
Newspaper draw. (Daily Northwestern) The Pittsburgh Post had the same result.
1919-06-19Tommy Gibbons13-0-0
Nicollet Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USADNWS1010
referee: George Barton
Gibbons & Miske had agreed to allow the Minnesota fight writers at the newspapers to decide the outcome, but the fight seen as a Draw by the Minneapolis Journal. "Tommy Gibbons and Billy Miske boxed a 10 round Draw" 6-20-1919. and a slight win for Gibbons by the St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gibbons Shades Billy Miske".
Though officially a No-Decision fight, referee Barton stated that he saw it as a Draw as well, with neither fighter disagreeing.

1919-06-09Kid Norfolk38-12-4
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
referee: Eddie Kennedy
Newspaper decision for Norfolk from Harry Keck (Pittsburgh Times Gazette; easy win, Norfolk better in all 10 rounds) and Pittsburgh Post (it was a close fight).
1919-06-06Willie Meehan79-15-35
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
referee: George Barton
Newspaper win for Miske according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Meehan was knocked down in the 9th and was barely on his feet at the final bell
1919-04-28Bill Brennan26-3-3
Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USAWPTS1515
referee: Edward W. Cochrane
1919-03-31Harry Greb34-2-1
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
referee: Jack Dillon
The Pittsburgh Post reported that Greb won 8 of the 10 rounds before the largest crowd in the history of Pittsburgh boxing. The 10th round was even and Miske won the 7th with vicious infighting. Neither fighter was ever in danger of a knockout but it was a grueling affair. Greb was the aggressor throughout. "It was one of those typical Greb fights, with (Harry) rushing in..and baffling his opponent with the very speed and frequency of his attacks." Greb left the ring unmarked, but Miske's face was puffed.
1919-03-28Tom Cowler42-11-2
Albaugh Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO410
1919-01-11Tom Cowler42-11-2
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Miske won the newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Public Ledger,the Philadelphia Record, and the Philadelphia Record..
1918-12-27Gus Christie26-10-3
Elite Rink, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWTKO1010
1918-12-16Fireman Jim Flynn55-23-16
Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USAWKO215
time: 0:35 | referee: Edward W. Cochrane
Flynn was down once in each round.
1918-11-28Jack Dempsey45-4-9
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision for Dempsey from Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Public Ledger, Indianapolis Star.
"Jack Dempsey won the popular decision from Billy Miske of St. Paul in a slow six-round bout here today at a Thanksgiving Day matinee. Only half a dozen hard blows were landed during the fight. There was scarcely any action in the first two rounds, but in the third Miske halted Dempsey with an uppercut to the jaw which gave him the advantage in this round. After this the bout was all in Dempsey's favor, the St. Paul man frequently holding in order to save himself from punishment." (Indianapolis Star)

1918-11-18Tom McMahon20-10-6
Exposition Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. This fight did not occur in Philadelphia, as sometimes incorrectly reported. It was on a War Fund Benefit program.
1918-09-21Harry Greb32-2-1
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
referee: Eddie Kennedy
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. The Post reported that Miske landed the two hardest blows of the fight, one in the 6th and one in the 9th. "Greb carried the fighting at all stages and dictates the terms upon which they met." Miske finished well, but Greb's early attack had tired Billy so that he couldn't take advantage of the opportunity. Sportswriter Harry Keck of the post gave Greb six rounds, Miske three rounds, and one even. Another Post writer, Florent Gibson, gave Greb five rounds, Miske three, and two even. Both writers thought that Greb's two best rounds were the fifth and eighth. It was a hard fight, but not a sensational one. According to wire service reports, although Greb led through much of the first 8 rounds, he took a tremendous beating from Miske in rounds 9 and 10. Attendance 2,000.
1918-09-14Bill Hart
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWKO110
According to The Ring,Oct 1963,Hart also fought Tom Gibbons.
1918-07-16George Ashe17-7-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USANCNC44
Benefit for the War Department's Training Camp Activities Fund: over $20,000 was raised. Ashe was a last-minute substitute for future World Heavyweight Champion Jack Dempsey, who had injured an ankle while training for this bout. New York Times
Miske won the newspaper decision. (Nevada State Journal) It does not appear that decisions were rendered by NY newspapers and that these were exhibition bouts. According to a wire service report, Miske outpointed Ashe.

1918-07-15Bartley Madden9-1-1
Armory A.A. Outdoor Arena, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Madden hit Miske low and angered Billy, who proceeded to deal him a licking. (Jersey Journal, Herb Goldman)
1918-07-12Gunboat Smith48-17-7
International League Ballpark, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
referee: Harry Ertle
Miske "outfought 'Gunboat' Smith of New York in all but the fifth of a 10-round bout here last night." (Newark Advocate) The Philadelphia Record reported the same result. The Jersey Journal had the same result, but shows that it was an 8-rounder, not 10 (as shown here previously). (Fights longer than 8 rounds were not permitted in New Jersey at this time.)
1918-06-14K O Kruvosky23-6-8
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS44
1918-06-07Willie Meehan76-13-34
Shrine Temple, Los Angeles, California, USADPTS44
1918-05-31Henry Hendricks7-13-7
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO24
1918-05-03Jack Dempsey35-3-9
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USADNWS1010
referee: George Barton
"Neither fighter gained a commanding lead and a poor draw was the general verdict. Miske outboxed Dempsey most of the fight with the exception of the seventh round, when Dempsey, sinking a hard left into Miske's stomach and putting a right to the jaw, evened up the battle. Up to that time Miske had claimed three rounds and Dempsey two and one was a draw. Miske was plainly worried in the seventh but he held his own the rest of the way. The fight was without a spectacular feature. Miske continually resorted to infighting and managed to get inside most of Dempsey's blows. Miske landed one hard blow in the fight, a right cross in the third round. Dempsey scored in the second, third and seventh rounds and his supporters seemingly were inclined to give him a shade for this work. On the other hand those who gave Miske a shade based their verdicts on the fact that he made Dempsey miss many blows." (Indianapolis Star) According to George Blair, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported Miske to be the winner. $13,400 gate.
1918-04-12Gunboat Smith48-16-6
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWPTS1010
referee: Billy Haack
1918-04-08Tom Cowler39-10-2
Arcadia Rink, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWTKO710
referee: George Barton
Cowler down twice in fight. "Miske took every round but the third, which was even," The Stars & Stripes Newspaper.
1918-02-27Gus Christie26-9-3
Grand Opera House, Superior, Wisconsin, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Free Press.
1918-01-18Fred Fulton35-6-0
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USADNWS1010
referee: George Barton
"Fred Fulton and Billy Miske fought ten rounds to what the newspaper men claim was a draw in their bout here Friday night. Miske led the fighting in the majority of the rounds, getting inside Fulton's guard many times. Fulton, however, evened matters up with body blows which counted." (Capital Times)Gate: $18,000. Attendance: 8,000.
1917-11-13Jack Dillon86-3-10
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision for Miske from NY Evening Telegram, NY Sun, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, NY Times, AP (Miske "outfought" Dillon, "in the later rounds Dillon was content to assume the defensive"), UP ("Dillon received the worst beating of his career").
1917-10-30Bert Kenny5-3-1
Arena (Armory A.A.), Boston, Massachusetts, USAWTKO512
1917-10-16Kid Norfolk28-10-4
Arena (Armory A.A.), Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1212
1917-10-02Charley Weinert14-3-0
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Miske won the newspaper decision according to the New York Times.
1917-09-28Carl Morris39-4-1
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
"Miske won nine of the ten rounds with the big westerner." (Fort Wayne News)
1917-09-18Bert Kenny5-3-0
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
"Wild Bill Kenny was decidedly tame last night at the Broadway Sporting Club after he had been pounded and hammered for ten rounds by Billy Miske." Trenton Evening Times) The Philadelphia Record reported the same result. Kenny was down for a nine-count in the second round at the bell, and took three counts in round nine.
1917-07-24Joe Bonds33-11-12
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO110
NY Times- Bonds a late substitute for Bob McAllister
1917-02-27Battling Levinsky32-5-6
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USALNWS1010
Levinsky won "five of ten rounds here last night, Miske got one round and the remainder were even." (Daily Northwestern)
1917-01-16Jack Dillon79-3-9
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision for Miske from NY Times, Rice (Brooklyn Daily Eagle), Hyatt Daab (NY Evening Telegram), George Underwood (NY Sun), AP ("Miske had the better of every round except the seventh").
A draw from UP ("they slugged and battled through the half score sessions to an even ending").

1917-01-12Charley Weinert14-1-0
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
Miske won the newspaper decision according to the New York Times.
1917-01-01George KO Brown11-12-4
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Miske gave Brown "a beating in eight of the ten rounds." (Warren Evening News) The Brooklyn Eagle had the same result.
1916-12-19Jack Dillon78-3-9
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper reports disagreed as to the winner, but the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and New York Evening Telegram both favored Miske.

"Followers of the game in these parts are satisfied that there is scarcely a hair's difference in the punching power or the ability to absorb punishment between the two. Their battle was an ideal draw. Scaling at 174 pounds, Miske crawled through the ropes just three quarters of a pound heavier than Dillon and in the course of ten rounds there was little if any difference in the two lads from a fighting standpoint. Miske gave Dillon nearly all he had during the first six rounds and the Hoosier found the going tough, but fought back with the ferocity of a Sierra bobcat and weathered the storm. From the seventh round on Dillon had more snap to his punches and Miske seemed a trifle slow at times. Miske's best round was the third and it looked mighty stormy for Dillon. The St.Paul lad rained blows at the Hoosier from every angle and Dillon's great arms, bowed about his head and midriff, saved him from severe punishment. But Dillon showed his stamina by coming back in the seventh round. He backed Miske around the ring with a shower of punches and had him swinging wild and trying to hold on. This round evened up the battle and the last three rounds were as even as two and two." (Lima Times Democrat)

1916-11-27Larry Williams14-8-0
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision in favor of Miske from both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala).
1916-11-17Bob Moha13-3-3
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the New York Evening Telegram.
1916-11-09Tim O'Neil6-5-1
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO610
1916-10-30Battling Levinsky32-4-5
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
All four Brooklyn newspapers gave the newspaper decision to Miske. (Jack Kincaid)
1916-10-12Battling Levinsky31-4-5
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the New York Evening Telegram. All four Brooklyn newspapers gave the newspaper decision to Miske according to Jack Kincaid.
1916-09-21Jim Barry23-22-5
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO610
1916-08-31Johnny Howard28-3-2
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO1010
Howard took a nine-count in the 3rd round, another count of nine in the 9th, and twice for nine-counts in the tenth before the knockout.
1916-06-22Jack Hubbard0-1-0
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO910
Wells fought under his real name, Jack Hubbard. He was down twice before the knockout.
1916-04-14Jack Dillon75-2-9
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USALNWS1010
"Jack Dillon, Indianapolis light heavyweight, easily outpointed Billy Miske of St.Paul, in a ten round no decision fight, in the opinion of a majority of newspaper representatives at the ringside. The bout was tame throughout and was characterized by much clinching. Dillon showed aggressiveness all way and landed the cleaner and heavier blows." (Daily Northwestern)
1916-02-29Dick Gilbert15-17-6
National A.C., Denver, Colorado, USAWPTS1515
1916-01-28Jack Dillon72-2-9
Opera House, Superior, Wisconsin, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision for Miske from Milwaukee Free Press and Art L. Wilhelm (Duluth (MN) News Tribune).
A draw from Milwaukee Journal.

1915-12-28Frank Hoe2-0-1
Marshfield, Wisconsin, USAWKO210
"Hoe took the count of nine three times before the K. O." (Duluth News Tribune)
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