Billy Plimmer: Birmingham Boxer Extroadinare

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  1. roughdiamond

    roughdiamond Ridin' the rails Full Member

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    Anyone have more info on this guy?
    He seems like a lower boxing phenom much like Jimmy Barry. I'm looking him up for great British fighters.
     
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    roughdiamond Ridin' the rails Full Member

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    Billy Plimmer
    BORN February 6 1869; Birmingham, England (Some sources report February 9 1869)
    DIED February 3 1929
    HEIGHT 5-3 1/2
    WEIGHT 105-122 lbs
    MANAGER Benny Murphy


    Plimmer was a very capable fighter and a clever ring general; He was a classical British boxer who relied much upon his left hand; But, Plimmer could get very aggressive and rough when challenged; His fighting style has been compared to that of the unbeaten American boxer, Jimmy Barry - careful aggression

    Harry Mullan, the British boxing historian, wrote in 1989, "Any British boxer who wins a world title in America and successfully defends it there three times should be assured of immortality - yet Birmingham's Billy Plimmer, who did just that almost a hundred years ago, is merely a footnote in the record books. He deserves better."

    During his career, Plimmer won the Bantamweight Championship of the World, Great Britain and England; He defeated such men as George Dixon, Tommy "Spider" Kelly, Johnny Murphy, Elwood McCloskey, Michael "Chappie" Moran, John Van Heest, Charley Kelly, George Corfield, Billy Willis, Arthur Westley, Jem Stevens, Joe McGrath and Maxie Haugh.


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    roughdiamond Ridin' the rails Full Member

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    Billy Plimmer, Boxing News.

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    roughdiamond Ridin' the rails Full Member

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    The Great Sport of Boxing: A Collection of Classic Magazine Articles

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    The Olympic Club of New Orleans: Epicenter of Professional Boxing, 1883-1897

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  6. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti The Ad Wolgast of Googling Stuff Full Member

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    I don't know anything about him TBH. Birmingham seems to have had a pretty solid boxing scene going back to the bareknuckle days, Charlie Mitchell was from there too atleast.

    Here's his fight with Kelly
    The evening world., May 10, 1892, Page 3, Image 3
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    The sun., May 10, 1892, Page 3, Image 3
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    His fight with Dixon

    The sun., August 23, 1893, Page 6, Image 6
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    The evening world., August 23, 1893, Page 5, Image 5
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    roughdiamond Ridin' the rails Full Member

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    Thanks!
     
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    Certainly a much overlooked fighter.
     


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