Billy Soose
Global ID9965
birthdate 1915-08-02
death date 1998-09-05 (83)
height6′ 0½″   /   184cm
reach73″   /   185cm
country USA
residenceFarrell, Pennsylvania, USA
birth placeFarrell, Pennsylvania, USA
won 34 (KO 14) + lost 6 (KO 0) + drawn 1 = 41
rounds boxed 311 KO% 34.15

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1942-01-13Jimmy Bivins24-4-0
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USALUD1010
1941-12-18Jimmy Reeves18-3-0
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1941-09-15Ceferino Garcia115-27-13
Gilmore Field, Los Angeles, California, USADTD812
time: 1:45 | referee: Abe Roth
Bout was halted due to an eye injury suffered by Soose.
1941-07-30Georgie Abrams41-4-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Frank Fullam 1-9 | judge: Bill Healy 2-6 | judge: Tom Curley 2-7
1941-07-11Tony Celli42-41-6
Sportman's Park, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO210
1941-05-09Ken Overlin122-18-6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan 8-7 | judge: Marty Monroe 8-7 | judge: Bill Healy 9-5
NYSAC World middleweight title
Although the decision was unanimous, "it was a mystifying one, mysteriously arrived at, and so unexpected that it left the onlookers stunned for several minutes. For 11 of the 15 sessions Overlin held an edge over his rival and in several the margin was so great he may as well have been in the ring by himself so little was the damage he suffered at the hands of his foeman. Ken knew all the tricks, and he brought them into play. At times he had Soose looking more puzzled than a retarded high school freshman writing a thesis on the quantum theory... In Soose's favor it must be said he forced the going... In the matter of holding, too, Overlin was often at fault, and it might have been this inclination to cling to his rival in the hope of weathering stormy passages that influenced the arbiters in their decision." New York Times
1941-03-07Ernie Vigh46-5-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1212
Vigh was knocked down in the 1st round.
1941-02-07Ernie Vigh46-4-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Eddie Joseph
Soose was knocked down in the 8th.
1941-01-03Tami Mauriello24-0-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1010
referee: Frank Fullam 6-4 | 6-4 | 4-6
1940-12-13Jimmy Casino18-12-10
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Charley Randolph
1940-11-07Vince Pimpinella26-37-8
Armory, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1940-08-21Tony Zale43-14-2
Mills Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Joe McNamara 53-47 | judge: Rube Metz 53-47 | judge: James Lynch 52-48
1940-07-24Ken Overlin112-17-5
Scranton Stadium, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USAWSD1010
referee: Jack Walton
This decision was very unpopular, characterized as "outrageous."
1940-05-30Jack Ennis6-8-0
Memorial Field, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
referee: Benny Leonard
1940-05-15Eddie Peirce56-16-12
Scranton Stadium, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1940-03-25Frankie Nelson9-2-0
Rayen-Wood Auditorium, Youngstown, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1940-03-05Enzo Iannozzi0-13-1
Anthracite A.C., Scranton, Pennsylvania, USAWKO410
time: 1:10
1940-02-12Georgie Abrams28-3-1
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALUD1010
referee: Red Robinson | judge: Chick Rodgers | judge: George Lupinacci
1940-01-29Bud Mignault40-29-10
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
1940-01-22Jimmy Clark20-17-0
Scranton, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO3
1940-01-15Vince Pimpinella22-28-7
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS88
1939-12-19Jimmy Jones40-20-1
Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO510
1939-12-11Paul Pirrone86-33-3
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS66
referee: Joe Sedley
1939-11-29Butch Lynch11-17-5
Armory, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USAWKO410
1939-11-15Johnny Duca24-23-5
Armory, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1939-10-18Jack Munley12-9-2
Armory, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO5
time: 2:20 | referee: Al Murphy
The referee halted the bout due to cut eyes
1939-09-25Georgie Abrams25-3-0
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALUD88
referee: Ernie Sesto | judge: Johnny Fundy | judge: Chick Rodgers
1939-09-11Joe Fedz5-43-2
Rochester, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO110
1939-02-20Johnny Duca24-22-5
Youngstown, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
Source: Clearfield (PA) Progress
1938-11-21Charley Burley21-2-0
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALUD1010
1938-10-13Johnny Duca23-21-5
Maple Grove Arena, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USALSD1010
referee: Leo Houck | judge: Eddie Satin | judge: Irving Beckhardt
From the Clearfield Progress. Duca was floored in the final round. The judges were split, one voted for Soose, the other for a draw. The Athletic Commissioner held that when two judges disagree then the referee's vote is final. Houck, Soose's former amateur coach at Penn State, called it for Duca because Soose "clowned all through the early part of the fight."
1938-10-05Babe Risko64-23-12
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO310
time: 1:47
1938-09-13Charley Weise13-25-5
Farrell High Athletic Field, Farrell, Pennsylvania, USAWKO210
time: 2:20 | referee: Freddie Mastrean | judge: Willie Davies | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams
1938-08-29Freddie Lenn14-1-0
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Freddie Mastrean | judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams | judge: George MacBeth
Lenn floored in the third round.
1938-08-02Eric Lawson47-40-10
Clearfield Park, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO58
time: 2:32 | referee: Pyle
Not a KO6 as previously displayed here. Source: Clearfield Progress
1938-07-25Al Quaill29-11-1
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Buck McTiernan
Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph. Soose was floored in the third round but won decisively. Quaill was floored for a no-count in the ninth.
1938-06-17Johnny Foster21-22-6
Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO56
Foster floored four times in the bout. Source: Dunkirk (N.Y.) Evening Observer
1938-06-06Joe Lujan0-4-1
Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, USAWTKO36
1938-04-05Hippo Hipps2-0-0
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWTKO44
Source: LA Times
1938-03-29Jimmy Brent3-4-1
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS44
Brent was floored six times during the bout.
1938-03-15Marine Johnny Dean1-1-0
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWTKO44
referee: Jack Means
Billy Soose's pro debut.


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