William Irwin (boxer)

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Billy Irwin
Billy Irwin in his gym in Niagara Falls.jpg
Irwin in 2017[1]
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Irwin
Born (1968-05-20) 20 May 1968 (age 51)
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

William "Billy" Irwin (born 20 May 1968 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, nicknamed "The Kid", is a retired Canadian amateur lightweight and professional light/light welter/welterweight boxer of the 1990s and 2000s who as an amateur won a bronze medal in the Boxing at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba, losing to eventual silver medal winner Patrice Brooks of the United States, represented Canada at the 1991 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Sydney, Australia losing to Julien Lorcy of France, and represented Canada at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, he was stopped in the second round of the lightweight division (– 60 kg) by Ronald Chavez of the Philippines, and as a professional won the Canadian Professional Boxing Council[1] (CPBC) lightweight title, Canada lightweight title, International Boxing Organization (IBO) lightweight title, World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas lightweight title, and Commonwealth lightweight title, and was a challenger for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight title against Paul Spadafora, and World Boxing Association (WBA) World lightweight title against Juan Díaz, his professional fighting weight varied from 133 12 lb (60.6 kg; 9 st 7.5 lb), i.e. lightweight to 142 lb (64.4 kg; 10 st 2.0 lb), i.e. welterweight.[2] He retired from boxing after losing to Juan Diaz in 2005, his second unsuccessful world title challenge. His final record was 42(30)–6–0.

He now trains amateurs upcoming international fighters and professional boxers at Irwin Boxing in Niagara Falls, Ontario. One of them won the 2012 Canadian Champion best youth boxer award as his love and commitment for the sport shows with the results from his upcoming fighters both provincially and nationally.


  1. ^ "Max Photography". Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  2. ^ "Billy Irwin". BoxRec.com. 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 11 June 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2013.

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