Name: 'Cyclone' Billy Warren
Birth Name: Joseph Warren
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 1951-03-16 (Age:75)
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Height: 6′ 1″ / 185cm
Boxing Record: click
Was born around 1877.
Standing 6'1, weighing around 210, and was athletically built according to Nat Fleischer in his Black Dynamite series.
Nicknamed the "Cyclone", Warren's life is shadowed in mystery. Born Joseph Warren, his nationality is as questionable as the date of his birth. Billed often as the "colored heavyweight champion of Australia" , though it is most likely Warren was born in America. Some sources report Boston, Massachusetts, others Pennsylvania, as Warren's place of birth.
Claims he made after his career of fighting both Jack Johnson and Peter Jackson have not been proven, and may just be exagerrations by the "Cyclone." But Warren did square off with Sam McVey, a great black fighter of the era, losing by a second round knockout. Warren did become the Irish heavyweight champion , beating former world title challenger Jem Roche by knockout with a viscous blow that left Roche unconscious for fifteen minutes.
A familiar face to the people of Dublin, Warren passed away at the age of 74 at St. Kevin's Hospital in Dublin. He was buried at the Mount Jerome Cemetery. The Irish Indepedent noted Warren's death was "deeply regretted-he fought the good fight."
Victories for Billy Warren that are either unconfirmed or exact dates are known:
KO 17 Jack Mace in Melbourne, Australia
vs. George Barton
vs. Sam McCarthy
vs. Dick Hendry
vs. Tom Baker
vs. Jack Hart
vs. Dan Kelly
Much informational help courtesy of "Untwisting the Cyclone:Solving the Mystery of Old-Time Heavyweight Billy Warren" By Patrick Myler, featured in The Ring Magazine August 2003 issue.