Fighting as a lightweight in the 1910s, Beecher faced such greats as Jack Britton, Freddie Welsh, and Joe Lynch.
Birth and Death Dates:
A year after turning pro in 1910, Beecher battled his first great fighter, knocking out Young Corbett II in the fourth round in Corbett's final professional fight. In 1911, Willie fought another former champ, Battling Nelson, in a 10-round no decision bout. In September 1912, Beecher faced Jack Britton, the future welterweight champion, and held him to a 10-round no decision. Two years later, Beecher fought the tough featherweight Johnny Dundee to a 20-round draw. Also in 1914, he lost to Joe Rivers in a 20-round decision; it was the only loss of Willie's career. In January 1915, Beecher faced world lightweight champion Freddie Welsh in a non-title bout, and held the champ to a 10-round no decision. On July 4, 1919, in his final major bout, Beecher fought Joe Lynch, the future world bantamweight champ, to an eight-round no decision. Willie retired later that year.
Wins: 10 (all knockouts)
No decisions: 51
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When Boxing Was A Jewish Sport, by Allan Bodner (Connecticut: Praeger, 1997)