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Billy Edwards (December 21, 1844 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England – August 12, 1907) was a was a standout lightweight of the late 1860s and 1870s in England.


Professional career

Nicknamed "Make-Believe Billy", Edwards began boxing at the age of 14 and fought Sam Collyer on August 24, 1868 for the American Lightweight Championship. Edwards won the fight in the 34th-round to win the title.

Edwards fought Hall of Famer Charlie Mitchell in 1884, losing in the 3rd round.

Life After Boxing

Following the Mitchell bout, Edwards retired from the ring but remained in boxing by training John L. Sullivan for several winning contests.

Edwards was a successful real estate investor after retiring.


Edwards died of Bright's Disease on August 13, 1907 in Brooklyn. [1]


Edwards has been elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ Everett Morning Tribune, Everett, WA, USA, August 21, 1907

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