"...Here was an era, believe it or not, when amateur boxing was the big thing during a decline in the professional variety. It drew as well as the pro game because of a few outstanding boxers, the best of which was Billy Speary..."
AMATEUR BOXING RECORD
Was immediately placed in the open class (never fought
Bill fought more times in Madison Square Garden and held more
gold belts and prizes for boxing than any other fighter.
His bouts drew record crowds and on many
occasions arenas installed additional seating in order to meet the
demand for tickets. Unfortunately, it was never enough and many
fans still had to be turned away.
Middle Atlantic Title - 1937, '38 & '39
New York Golden Gloves - 1937, '38 & '39
NY-Chicago (Inter-City) Golden Gloves - 1937, '38 & '39
National Golden Gloves - 1937, '38 & '39
International Golden Gloves - 1938 & '39
order to secure matches, Billy often had to concede weight limits by
anywhere from 6 to 12 lbs. They simply couldn't find enough
competition for him otherwise.