LEBA Archive

A key part of our aim in creating this website is to catalogue and give context to photographs, documents and other archival objects that help to represent London's rich boxing heritage. If an item relates to an individual featured in the East End Boxing Lives project, it can also be found in that part of the site. But we continue to collect and upload a much wider range of images as we build an extensive database of London boxing artefacts.

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Billy Graydon

born: 14/01/1934

Billy started boxing aged 14 in his home town of Dublin when he joined the local boxing club with a group of friends. At the Dublin boxing club Billy had many contests but did not receive any prizes as the club had no money for trophies. In 1951 Billy left Ireland for London settling in the Bethnal Green area where he joined the Northampton ABC. Billy boxed for Northampton for three years losing just one contest during his amateur career. The club was not affiliated to the ABA so Billy was not able to compete against other top amateur boxers of the period. After three years with Northampton ABC Billy turned professional in 1956 under the management of Danny Sewell. His first contest was at West Ham Baths against Arthur Devlin. After four hard fought rounds the contest was stopped by the referee as Billy had suffered a badly cut eye. Billyâs last professional contest was against the Howard Winstone in 1959 at Wembley, Winstone winning the six round contest on points. Presently, Billy is involved with Dagenham ABC.

View in Boxing Lives

Fight History
6 (KO's 0)
Divisions fought in


⊕  Epsom Racing Lads v Northampton ABC
Billy Graydon's boxing licence with date of issue details
⊕  Boxing Licence
Grand Boxing Tournament
⊕  West Ham Baths
Taken in Blackheath gymnasium which was located over a pub. Taken 1956.
⊕  Portrait of Billy Graydon


⊕  Amateur Career
Billy Graydon talks about the transition from amateur to professional boxing, what it was like to box at Wembley and his contests with several Welsh boxers.
⊕  Turning Professional
Billy Gyaydon talks about his involvement in boxing since retirement and how important the London exBoxers' Association is for former fighters.
⊕  Staying Involved
Billy Graydon talks about how boxing has made a positive impact upon his life.
⊕  What boxing has done for me.
Billy Graydon talks about the men that managed him during his professional career.
⊕  Boxing Managers

⊕  Billy Graydon talks about his favourite boxing venues.