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|William Arthur Miske|
|Real name||William Arthur Miske|
|Rated at||Heavyweight / Lightheavyweight|
April 12, 1894|
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||January 1, 1924(aged 29)|
|Wins by KO||33|
Professional Boxing Career
Miske was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He began his career as a middleweight. During the course of his career, he competed successfully as a light-heavyweight and heavyweight, defeating many well known fighters. On September 6, 1920, Miske lost to Jack Dempsey in the third round of a fight to decide the World Heavyweight Boxing title. It was the first heavyweight title match to be broadcast on radio, and it was the only time Billy Miske was ever knocked out.
Illness and death
Miske fought his last bout against Bill Brennan, whom he met on November 7, 1923. At this point in his life, Miske knew he didn't have much time left before his kidneys gave out (doctors had told him he had only months to live because of his Bright's Disease). Due to his family's economic situation, however, Miske decided he had to step into the ring one more time. His health prevented him from training for the fight. Amazingly, though, Miske knocked Brennan out in the fourth round.  On Christmas day, 2013, legendary sports writer Blackie Sherrod published an inspiring article telling how Miske needed the money from the fight to give his family one last Christmas which he did.  Miske died in St. Paul, Minnesota of kidney failure less than 2 months later on January 1, 1924. 
Miske's enduring legacy is that of an underappreciated fighter. It is argued that Miske deserved, but never received, title matches against Jack Dillon, Battling Levinsky and Georges Carpentier. His two recorded losses are against two champions, Jack Dempsey and Kid Norfolk, while his list of defeated opponents boasts some of the most storied names in boxing history. Miske's final professional record was 72-15-14 with 33 wins by knockout. On December 8, 2009, it was announced that Miske would be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010. On September 28, 2012 Miske was inducted into the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame.
- Billy Miske - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia
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- Newspaper Article: Fighter gave his all for family's holiday, Spokane Chronicle, December 25, 1985
- Boxer needed one last fight for his family
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- Billy Miske
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- Amazing Sports Stories - "Billy Miske: Dead Man Fighting"
- Biography: 'Billy Miske: The St. Paul Thunderbolt' by Clay Moyle
- Novel: 'The Final Round' by Gary W. Allison