Billy Wilson
(the "Black Demon")

BORN   1859; St. Paul, Minnesota (Some sources report October 1 1862; Petersburg, Virginia)
HEIGHT 5-10 (Some sources report 5-9 1/2, some 5-11)
WEIGHT 156-200 lbs

Wilson was strong and willing; He fought the best black fighters of his day as well as the good white men who would meet him
During his career, he defeated such men as Charles Hadley, Mervine Thompson, Harry Woodson, the "Black Diamond", and Joe Sheehy

Apr 20 Charles Hadley                Boston, Ma                       EX  4
       George Brown                  Boston, Ma                        D  4
Nov    Glanville Olivatus            Boston, Ma                       KO  2

Jun 24 McHenry Johnson               New York, NY                      D  3
          -Police Gazette Colored Heavyweight Championship;
           Johnson was called the "Minneapolis Star";
           Members of both camps "broke" onto the stage when
           Johnson threw Wilson in the third round; Police 
           intervened and the bout was declared a draw;
           Reports vary - 6/28/84 - 6/29/84
       Jack Hutchinson               Montreal, Que, Canada            TK  3
Dec 23 Charles Hadley                Winnipeg, Man, Canada            KO  4

          -Wilson beat 12 minor opponents                                   
       George Godfrey                                                  L   

Mar 21 Charles Hadley                St. Paul, Mn                     KO  3
May 26 Mervine Thompson              St. Paul, Mn                     KO  1
May 30 Charles Hadley                White Bear Lake, Mn               W  4
Jun 10 George W. Curtis              St. Paul, Mn                     KO  3
          -Some sources report "James Curtiss" in "Eau Claire, Wi"
Jun 14 Patsy Cardiff                 St. Paul, Mn                     LK  9
          -Heavyweight Championship of the Northwest;
           Reports vary - 6/17/85 - 6/19/85
Nov  5 Patsy Cardiff                 Minneapolis, Mn                   D  4
Nov 20 Joe Lannon                    St. Paul, Mn                      L  4

Jun 25 Patsy Cardiff                 St. Paul, Mn                     LK  7
          -Some sources report "L 7"
Dec  2 McHenry Johnson               St. Paul, Mn                      D 10

Feb    McHenry Johnson               St. Paul, Mn                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 24 Black Diamond (Harry Woodson) St. Paul, Mn                      D  9 
Mar 28 Black Diamond (Harry Woodson) St. Paul, Mn                     WF  6
          -Police intervened;
           Some sources report 3/29/87;
           Some sources report "LF 6"
Apr  4 Tom Manning                   Milwaukee, Wi                    EX  4
Apr  4 Tom Chandler                  Milwaukee, Wi                    EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
May  1 Black Diamond (Harry Woodson) St. Paul, Mn                     KO 13
          -Some sources report "KO 3" on 5/02/87

Jan  3 -Wilson was appointed a Patrolman of the St. Paul (Mn) Police Department Badge # 72;
           He served until he resigned December 8, 1888
Dec 21 John P. Donner                Duluth, Mn                        W  6
          -Police intervened

Jan  3 Joe Sheehy                    Duluth, Mn                        W  6
Jan 25 Black Frank (Frank Taylor)    Duluth, Mn                        W 12
Sep 11 Thomas Jefferson              San Francisco, Ca                EX   

Mar 26 Joe Choynski                  San Francisco, Ca                LK  2
       Jack Hall                     Sacramento, Ca                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

Jun 29 Jerry Slattery                New York, NY                    SCH   
         -This bout was scheduled but not held; Negotiations fell through

Feb 15 James Butler                  Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Mar  7 Jim Godfrey                   Boston, Ma                       EX  3

Mar 25 Billy McCarthy                Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  2
May 15 Jack Fallon                   Boston, Ma                        W  6
          -Some sources report 5/16/93

*** Some Data Was Provided By Jeff Neuberger  ***
       (of the St. Paul (Mn) Police Historical Society)

*** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed ***

May 21 Jack Dolan                    Boston, Ma                       EX  3
          -Dolan boxed a man named "Billy Wilson";
           Perhaps, he was this "Billy Wilson"

Review courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization