billy rafferty

Born in 14th August 1933, Billy Rafferty (Glasgow) was a professional boxer who was active between 1956 and 1962

He boxed at bantamweight and took part in 31 professional contests making his debut on the 27th March 1956 against Danny McNamee in the El Dorado Stadium in Leith winning on points.

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Billy won his first six fights before losing to George Bowes at the Engineer’s Club, West Hartlepool on the 29th July 1957.
It was a bit different back then when boxers would have a fight every month.

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Billy would next fight Ron Jones 27th August, Jake Tuli 25th September, Len Reece 8th October in the Royal Albert Hall and then 8 days later would fight Billy Kelly on the 16th October 1957 in Hamilton Town Hall.

Billy would take on the 1956 Olympic Gold medallist Terry Spinks and defeat him on the 28th August 1958 at the Paisley Ice Rink.

Terry Spinks Billy Rafferty

19th March 1960 Billy would lose to Freddie Gilroy in the Kings Hall, Belfast for the EBU Bantam Title, Commonwealth Bantam title and the BBBofC British Bantam Weight Title. His last fight would be a re-match against Freddie Gilroy on March 3rd 1962 again losing by Knock-out.

After Retiring from the ring Billy became a very successful boxing referee and judge. Refereeing 374 bouts and Judging 12 bouts including a few world title fights.

Billy also ran his own scrap metal business, before setting up a welding company, Parkhead Welding
Tragically while on holiday Billy suffered a massive heart attack and passed away on the 17th October 1994 aged 61.

Billy was a Master Mason Lodge Alexandra No.1282

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