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Billy Graham
Real name William Walter Graham Jr.
Rated at Welterweight
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Birth date September 9, 1922(1922-09-09)
Birth place New York, New York, U.S.
Death date January 22, 1992 (aged 69)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 126
Wins 102
Wins by KO 27
Losses 15
Draws 9
No contests 0

Billy Graham (September 9, 1922 - January 22, 1992) was an American boxer from New York City, New York. Graham had the remarkable distinction of never having been knocked off his feet in his long career. He was elected into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1987, and is also in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

He was undefeated in his first 58 fights, going 52-0-6, until he fought the great Tippy Larkin at Madison Square Garden, where he lost by decision.

Graham fought the legendary Kid Gavilan four times. In the first fight, held at Madison Square Garden, he beat Gavilan by a split decision. In the second fight, he lost at Madison Square Garden by a medical decision. The third fight was for the National Boxing Association World welterweight title and was again held at Madison Square Garden; this time, Gavilan won by a split decision. The final fight was for the World Welterweight Title in Havana, Cuba at Stadium Ball Park; Gavilan was again the victor, winning in a unanimous decision.

Billy Graham also fought Carmen Basilio three times in his career. The first fight was held at Chicago Stadium; Graham won by a unanimous decision. Basilio won the second fight, held for the New York State Welterweight Title at Memorial Stadium in Syracuse, by a unanimous decision. The third and final fight was deemed a draw; Basilio kept his New York State Welterweight Title.