Bill Brennan
Global ID10603
birthdate 1893-06-23
death date 1924-06-15 (30)
height6′ 1″   /   185cm
aliasBill Shanks, KO Bill
country USA
residenceLouisville, Kentucky, USA
birth placeChicago, Illinois, USA
birth nameWilhelm Schenck
won 51 (KO 48) + lost 9 (KO 4) + drawn 3 = 63
rounds boxed 343
Newspaper Decisions won 25 : lost 9 : drawn 5
rounds boxed 380
Total Bouts 102 KO% 47.06

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1923-11-07Billy Miske44-3-3
City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USALKO410
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.
1923-03-12Luis Angel Firpo17-2-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALKO1215
1923-01-12Floyd Johnson27-2-7
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALPTS1515
Johnson received the judge's decision after out-fighting and out-boxing his rival all the way.
1923-01-03Hugh Walker16-9-10
Armory, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.Walker was the aggressor throughout the contest, but Brennan took the decision based on his superior infighting and defense.
1922-07-04Bob Martin38-5-0
Clyffeside Park, Ashland, Kentucky, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Charleston Daily Mail
1922-06-05Jack Leon1-2-0
Danceland Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO210
1922-05-16Jim Tracey10-9-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO815
Brennan dropped Tracey in a neutral corner with a short left-right combination. According to some day-after newspaper accounts, the bout was awkwardly fought and kept the crowd roaring with laughter all the way.
1921-11-02Dan O'Dowd12-5-0
Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, USAWPTS1212
Vancouver Daily Province
1921-10-26Texas Tate11-6-3
Riverside Arena, Covington, Louisiana, USAWKO210
1921-09-17Ned Carpenter3-4-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO18
time: 0:39
From Philadelphia newspapers including the Inquirer.
1921-09-15Hugh Walker11-8-8
Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Journal.
1921-09-05Digger Brown
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWKO110
The men sparred for about a minute then Brennan ended it with a smash to the jaw. New York Times
1921-06-08Billy Miske31-2-2
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USALNWS1010
"Miske took five rounds, Brennan two, three were even." (Decatur Daily Review) The Milwaukee Journal also reported that Miske was the winner.
1921-05-16Jack Burke1-0-0
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USAWKO410
1921-03-11Sgt. Ray Smith9-6-0
Nuevo Fronton, Havana, CubaWTKO315
Smith, knocked down after two minutes of fighting into the round, rose at the count of nine and rushed at Brennan. He was stopped by his seconds, however, who had thrown in the towel, and led to his corner. Earlier, in the first round, he had gone through the ropes onto the press table from a left to the stomach. This fight did occur on March 11, not the 14th as previously listed here. It was reported in the Pittsburgh Post of March 12, making the date of the 14th impossible.
1921-02-18Bob Martin25-3-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1515
1921-02-15Spike McFadden4-7-0
Auditorium, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USAWKO310
This was a 3-round knockout according to the Pittsburgh Post, not 5 rounds, as previously shown here.
1921-02-04Al Benedict10-23-0
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWTKO615
referee: Claude Tibbitts
1921-02-01Bandsman Dick Rice27-13-2
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO210
time: 1:00 | referee: Dick Nugent
The Englishman was down twice in round one. (Calgary Herald)
1921-01-27Hugh Walker8-5-7
Dallas, Texas, USAWNWS1212
Brennan won the newspaper decision. (Decatur Daily Review). Dallas County District Attorney states he will prevent future bouts until boxing is legalized. "...not a hard blow was struck by either man until the seventh round..."
1921-01-21Bill Bailey10-3-1
Municipal Auditorium, Savannah, Georgia, USAWTKO312
referee: Ed Alexander
1920-12-14Jack Dempsey49-4-9
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALKO1215
time: 1:57 | referee: Johnny Haukop
World Heavyweight Title
Brennan's best round was the second, when he landed two smashing uppercuts which had Dempsey in trouble. A left and right to the body put Brennan down for the full count in round 12. Brennan protested that he had beaten the count.

1920-07-28George Ashe17-7-1
Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO212
1920-06-26Ole Anderson7-5-5
League Park, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO810
1920-06-22Sailor Weldon3-2-0
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWTKO310
referee: Jack Lewis
1920-06-04Bartley Madden10-2-1
Schuetzen Park, Bayonne, New Jersey, USADNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Philadelpha Record.
1920-05-19Willie Meehan80-17-37
Ice Palace, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala) and from the Inquirer (Jack Kincaid).
1920-05-15Whitey Allen4-7-0
Amsterdam Theatre, Amsterdam, New York, USAWTKO410
1920-05-06Ole Anderson7-5-5
Rochester, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Rochester Herald (Paul Zabala).
1920-04-23Farmer Lodge2-1-0
Moose Club, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO310
Sometimes recorded as occurring April 26. (Some newpapers of April 24 refer to "Sergeant Lodge.")The Chicago Tribune reported the fight as occurring on April 23, but it was a 3-round knockout, not 2 rounds, as previously listed. Brennan was dropped for a count of "4" in the first round.
1920-03-30Bob Devere23-8-2
Aurora, Illinois, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Chicago Tribune.
1920-03-17Fred Lange
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO36
This fight occurred in Philadelphia, not Detroit, as previously shown here.
1920-03-05Bob Roper6-4-1
Saginaw, Michigan, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Chicago Tribune.
1920-02-27Spike McFadden4-5-0
Moose Club, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO210
1920-02-04Hugh Walker7-2-5
Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, USAWNWS1010
referee: Rev. Earl Blackman
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Journal, Kansas City Times.
1920-01-07Bartley Madden10-2-1
Coliseum, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USAWNWS1010
"Brennan had a lead in six of the rounds." (Evening State Journal) Newspaper decision from the Chicago Tribune, which said that Brennan won decisively but Madden was in the fight all the way.
1919-12-25Sailor Ed Petroskey15-17-18
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper win for Brennan from the Philadelphia Public Ledger, the Inquirer,and the Record.
1919-12-04Mack Sullivan0-1-0
Barberton, Ohio, USAWKO120
time: 0:36
1919-12-01Tom McMahon20-10-6
Heinemann Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO215
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune. McMahon took a bad beating in the first round and appeared to take the quick way out in round two, going down from the first punch he received.
1919-11-17Andy Schmader2-0-0
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO46
Result from Philadelphia newspapers.
1919-10-28Johnny Saxon0-2-0
Schuetzen Park, Bayonne, New Jersey, USAWTKO58
1919-10-20Dan O'Dowd1-0-0
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Brennan won the newspaper decision. (Sandusky Star Journal) According to the Pittsburgh Post, which also reported Brennan the winner, O'Dowd was making his professional debut. The Jersey Journal also had Brennan winning the newspaper decision.
1919-08-27Jack Burke
Heinemann Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO720
1919-08-23Harry Greb40-2-1
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
referee: Joe Donnelly
"According to local newspaper men, Greb outfought Brennan in every round." (Washington Post) Actually the Pittsburgh Post and writer Florent Gibson gave Greb six rounds, Brennan two, and two were even. The fight occurred in the afternoon under a hot sun which seemed to slow Greb. Brennan stood up to Greb but, in most rounds, he coudn't avoid Harry's punches. Greb's left was especially effective. Brennan staggered Greb in the third, his best round. He also won the 6th and the 1st and 9th were even. Brennan slowed up badly in the late rounds.
1919-07-04Harry Greb38-2-1
Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USALPTS1515
From the report by Charles J. Brill in the Tulsa World: 'There was tumultuous applause as referee Edward Cochrane lifted Greb's hand in token of triumph, for the verdict met with universal approval." Brennan won only the fourth round, seven were even, and Greb won seven (Brill's scoring). Greb seemed to hit as hard as his bigger opponent, and outboxed him thoroughly. Greb won most of the late rounds as Brennan tired. The largest crowd in the history of Tulsa boxing attended.
1919-06-25Billy Miske27-1-2
Cardinal Field, Saint Louis, Missouri, USADNWS88
Newspaper draw. (Daily Northwestern) The Pittsburgh Post had the same result.
1919-04-28Billy Miske26-1-2
Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USALPTS1515
referee: Edward W. Cochrane
1919-03-17Harry Greb34-2-1
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
referee: Jack Dillon
Greb won the newspaper decision. (Bridgeport Standard Telegram) The Pittsburgh Post said that Brennan fought well and brought out the best in Greb, who won every round from the heavyweight. He slashed away and Brennan fought back without going into a defensive shell. It was a great fight, but Greb's quickness, speed, and busy style were more than Brennan could match. Brennan actually landed his best punch in round ten, but this only served to rile Greb, and he had Bill on the verge of a knockout when the final bell rang.
1919-02-10Harry Greb34-2-1
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USALNWS1010
The Syracuse Herald gave Greb every round of the ten. According to the Pittsburgh Post it was a furious bout. Greb attacked from the first bell and ripped home vicious lefts and rights to face and body, yet with little apparent effect. Brennan fought back hard for six rounds and held his own, but then tired and Greb had an easy time thereafter. The first two rounds were slow, the next four were give and take, and after that Brennan was on the defensive. Brennan's manager put out a fake story on the wire that Brennan won.
1918-12-20Joe Bonds33-17-12
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWTKO310
referee: Tommy Ryan
Newspaper decision from the Syracuse Herald. Bonds looked suspiciously as through he was drunk.
1918-07-01Bartley Madden9-1-1
Armory A.A. Outdoor Arena, Jersey City, New Jersey, USADNWS88
From the Jersey Journal (Herb Goldman) According to the Journal, each man won two rounds and four were even. Brennan was down in round one. It was a thrilling fight.
1918-06-18Tom McMahon20-10-5
La Salle, Illinois, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Chicago Tribune.
1918-02-25Jack Dempsey32-3-9
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USALTKO610
"Just one man, Fred Fulton, stands today between Jack Dempsey, the shiftiest two-fisted fighter since Bob Fitzsimmons, and Jess Willard, the heavyweight champion of the world. When Dempsey fights as he fought against Bill Brennan here last night, no lesser man can stand against him. Dempsey knocked Brennan out in the sixth round, and it was a masterly piece of work. Very few fighters have taken a better licking or taken their licking better than Brennan did last night. In sixty-seven fights Brennan had not been knocked off his feet, and his record includes about forty knockouts. Dempsey had him down four times in the second round and twice in the sixth. That ought to be answer enough to the question, can Dempsey hit? Just once did Brennan's robust wallop net Dempsey for a punch that stung. Dempsey took that punch and came back fighting like a tiger. Brennan's vaunted defense crumpled like paper before Dempsey's attack and his deadly left hand could not find its mark. Dempsey punished the big Chicagoan in every round but one." (Warren Evening Times)
1918-01-15Battling Levinsky37-6-9
Grand Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts, USADPTS1212
In answer to a query, January 15 is the correct date (Boston Globe). After the bout, the matchmakers issued a statement that both boxers and their managers would be barred from any further events at their club. Referee Maffitt Flaherty stated that there was an understanding that the fight would be declared a draw if it went the distance. This particular type of shenanigans sometimes occurred in Boston, with the spectators ignorant of the "understanding."
1917-12-10Homer Smith13-1-0
Lakeside Arena, Racine, Wisconsin, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Free Press
1917-11-27Battling Levinsky36-6-8
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1212
1917-11-09Jim Coffey37-3-1
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USADNWS1010
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
"Jim Coffey and Bill Brennan today were still hunting for a way to settle the Irish championship question. (Apparently the writer didn't realize that Brennan was of German descent!) They battled 10 rounds to a draw last night. Coffey several times was groggy, but Brennan was unable to put over the finishing touches." (Sandusky Star Journal) New York City newspapers also reported a draw (Jack Kincaid). Report in Buffalo Courier states that each won a better part of 4 rounds with 2 even.
1917-11-05Tom McMahon20-9-5
Rochester, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Rochester Herald.
1917-11-01Joe Bonds33-14-12
Unity Cycle Club, Lawrence, Massachusetts, USAWKO212
1917-10-23Battling Levinsky36-5-8
Arena (Armory A.A.), Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
1917-10-05Jack Hanlon1-8-0
Irish-Canadian Club, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWKO210
1917-10-02Battling Levinsky35-5-7
Arena (Armory A.A.), Boston, Massachusetts, USADPTS1212
Troy Daily Times
1917-09-27Jack Clifford0-0-0
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO410
1917-09-18Bartley Madden8-1-0
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Record and from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1917-08-07Bartley Madden8-1-0
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
Brennan won the newspaper decision (Nevada State Journal) and according to New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1917-08-03Joe Cox9-8-1
Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaWKO310
1917-07-20Bob Devere22-5-2
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid). Brennan did not score a knockout, as was previously shown here.
1917-07-03Soldier Jones1-0-0
Grande Alle Rink, Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaWTKO210
1917-06-12Bob Devere22-5-2
Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid). Brennan took a 9-count in round six.
1917-06-09Sailor Jack Carroll28-19-6
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWKO210
1917-04-28Joe Bonds32-10-12
Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1917-03-05Tom Cowler36-6-1
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USALNWS1010
"Tom Cowler gave big Bill Brennan of Chicago a whirlwind boxing lesson of ten rounds and a good licking to boot." (Sandusky Star Journal)
1917-02-12Tex McCarthy
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO210
1917-02-05Al Benedict7-20-0
Yorkville A.C., New York, New York, USAWKO710
1917-01-29Joe Cox9-6-1
Flower City A.C., Rochester, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Rochester Herald (Paul Zabala).
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