Melio Bettina boxer

Melio Bettina boxer
bouts
100
won
83
lost
14
draw
3
Status
inactive
Division
heavyweight
Debut
1934-10-06
Height
5′ 9″/175cm
Reach
70″/178cm
Age
80
Born
1916-11-18
Death
1996-12-20
Nationality
USA

Bettina won the 1935 Intercity Golden Gloves at light-heavyweight (2nd Div.) by decision over Tony Zale.According to local legend Melio changed to a southpaw stance after he couldn't find any amateur challengers. Bettina was recognized as World Light Heavyweight champion by the New York State Athletic Commission in 1939. Bettina won the title on February 3, 1939, when he scored a 9th-round TKO over favorite Tiger Jack Fox at Madison Square Garden in New York. Bettina would lose the title in his first defense, when he lost a unanimous decision to National Boxing Association champion Billy Conn on July 13. Later that same year on September 25, he lost another unanimous decision to Conn at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Result
1948-12-21 Johnny Flynn WWWLWW Sports Arena, Rochester LOST
KO
1948-11-19 Enrique Felpi LLLWWW St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
1948-11-08 Sandy McPherson WWWLLW Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence WIN
Unanimous decision
1948-07-27 Jimmy O'Brien LLLDLL MacArthur Stadium, Brooklyn WIN
Technical knockout
1948-07-06 Austin Johnson WWLWLD Twin City Bowl, Elizabeth WIN
KO
1948-06-16 Angel Sotillo LLWWLL MacArthur Stadium, Brooklyn WIN
KO
1948-05-24 Ross Strickland WLWLLL Avalon Rollerdrome, Newburgh WIN
Technical knockout
1948-05-12 Jackie Fisher WDWWLW City Hall, Bangor WIN
Technical knockout
1947-05-23 Gus Lesnevich LWLWLW Madison Square Garden, New York LOST
KO
1946-12-10 Joe Muscato WWLWWL Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
Technical knockout
1946-11-19 Bill Weinberg WWLLWL Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
Unanimous decision
1946-09-25 Eldridge Eatman WLWDWW Crystal Arena, Norwalk WIN
Points
1946-08-19 Larry Bouchard LLLWLL Troy Arena, Troy WIN
KO
1946-07-11 Eddie Blunt WLWLLD Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford WIN
Points
1945-03-16 Jimmy Bivins WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York DRAW
Points
1944-12-11 George Parks WLLWLW Uline Arena, Washington WIN
Points
1944-10-16 Tommy Reed WWWWWW Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
KO
1944-07-18 Curtis Sheppard WWLWWL Forbes Field, Pittsburgh WIN
Unanimous decision
1944-06-12 Buddy Walker LWWWLL Forbes Field, Pittsburgh WIN
Split-decision
1944-05-22 Johnny Vorce WWDWWL Forbes Field, Pittsburgh WIN
KO
1943-09-15 Jimmy Bivins WWWWWW Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland LOST
Unanimous decision
1943-06-14 Lou Brooks LWLWLW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
1942-06-23 Harry Bobo WLWWLW Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
1942-06-12 Altus Allen WWWWWL Comiskey Park, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
1942-04-10 Booker Beckwith WWWWLW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
1942-03-31 Gus Dorazio LWWWLW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
1942-01-12 Mose Brown LWWWWL Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Points
1941-12-01 Harry Bobo WWLWWW Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Split-decision
1941-11-17 Jimmy Bivins WWWLLW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
1941-10-07 Sonny Boy Walker WWLWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
1941-08-25 Pat Valentino WLWWLW Civic Auditorium, San Francisco WIN
Points
1941-07-22 Red Burman WWWLWW Ebbets Field, Brooklyn WIN
Points
1941-03-25 Jack Marshall WWWLLD Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa WIN
Technical knockout
1941-03-09 Buddy Knox LWWLWL Biscayne Fronton, Miami WIN
KO
1941-02-21 Herbie Katz LWWWLL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
KO
1941-01-13 Anton Christoforidis WWWWLW Arena, Cleveland LOST
Unanimous decision
1940-12-17 Solly Krieger WLWWWL Broadway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Unanimous decision
1940-09-10 Gunnar Barlund LWWWWW New York Coliseum, Bronx WIN
Points
1940-08-07 Joe O'Gatty LLLLLL Mohawk Mills Park, Amsterdam WIN
Points
1940-06-07 Al McCoy WLLWWL Boston Garden, Boston LOST
Split-decision
1940-02-02 Fred Apostoli WWWWLW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Corner retirement
1940-01-05 Fred Apostoli LWWWWL Madison Square Garden, New York LOST
Majority decision
1939-12-15 Mario Liani LLLLLL Municipal Auditorium, Kingston WIN
Technical knockout
1939-11-28 Willie Pavlovich WWWWLL Braddock Arena, Jersey City WIN
Points
1939-09-25 Billy Conn WWWWWW Forbes Field, Pittsburgh LOST
Unanimous decision
1939-08-08 Charley 'Hobo' Williams WDWWWW Woodcliff Park, Poughkeepsie WIN
Points
1939-07-13 Billy Conn WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOST
Unanimous decision
1939-05-15 Italo Colonello WWWLWL Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Technical knockout
1939-02-03 Tiger Jack Fox WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
1939-01-20 Henry Cooper WLLLLL Hippodrome, New York WIN
Points
1939-01-03 Bud Mignault WLLLLL New York Coliseum, Bronx WIN
Technical knockout
1938-10-10 Basher Dean WLWLDW Amusement Academy, Plainfield WIN
Points
1938-08-18 Buck Everett LWWLWL Woodcliff Park, Poughkeepsie WIN
KO
1938-07-26 Gene Bonin LWLLLL Woodcliff Park, Poughkeepsie WIN
Technical knockout
1938-07-02 Johnny Lasinski WLWWWW Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford WIN
Technical knockout
1938-06-17 Phil Sommese WDWWLW Coney Island Velodrome, Brooklyn WIN
Points
1938-05-20 Domenico Ceccarelli LWLLLL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
1938-05-05 Jim Johnson LWWDLW Hippodrome, New York WIN
Technical knockout
1938-03-25 Pat McDuff WWLWLL Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Points
1938-03-11 Tony Celli WWWWLW Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
KO
1938-02-04 Bob Godwin WLWWLL Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Technical knockout
1937-12-10 Swede Berglund WLWWLD Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Technical knockout
1937-11-05 Swede Berglund WWWLWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
1937-09-28 Art Johnson DDDWWD Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Technical knockout
1937-08-20 Buck Everett LLLWLW Beach Arena, Miami Beach LOST
Split-decision
1937-08-07 Johnny Duarte LLLLLL Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford WIN
Points
1937-07-24 Joe Lipps LLLLLL Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford WIN
Technical knockout
1937-07-10 Jimmy Mendes WWDWDW Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford WIN
KO
1937-06-18 Joe Knight WLWLL Beach Arena, Miami Beach WIN
Points
1937-03-30 Barney Brock LWWDLW Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Points
1937-03-16 Joe Lipps WWLLLL Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Points
1937-03-02 Tony Celli LWWWWL Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Points
1937-01-26 Leroy Brown WLLDWD Legion Arena, West Palm Beach DRAW
Points
1937-01-12 Carl Knowles WLWLLW Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Technical knockout
1936-12-08 Steve Carr WDDWLW Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
KO
1936-11-16 Buddy Ryan LWWWLL Laurel Garden, Newark WIN
Points
1936-09-28 Frank Zamaris LWWWWW Laurel Garden, Newark WIN
Points
1936-09-14 Frank Zamaris WLWWWW Meadowbrook Field, Newark LOST
KO
1936-08-27 Freddie Caruso LWWDDW Braddock Bowl, Jersey City LOST
Points
1936-08-21 Buddy Ryan DWWLWW Boardwalk Arena, Long Branch LOST
Points
1936-07-13 Charley Loughran WDLLWW Griffith Stadium, Washington WIN
Unanimous decision
1936-06-01 Bud Mignault WWWWDW Woodcliff Park, Poughkeepsie WIN
Points
1936-04-14 Charley Weise LDWDLW Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Split-decision
1936-03-31 Charley Weise LLDWDL Legion Arena, West Palm Beach LOST
Points
1936-03-10 Tony Celli LLLDWL Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Points
1936-02-17 Babe Childers WWLWWW Beach Arena, Miami Beach WIN
KO
1936-01-09 Joe Tinsley DLWWLW Westchester County Center, White Plains WIN
Points
1935-11-12 Leroy Smith WLLWLW Arena, New Haven WIN
Points
1935-09-10 Mark Hough WLLWWW Woodcliff Park, Poughkeepsie DRAW
Points
1935-06-25 Alfie Williams LWLWLL Elmira Athletic Field, Elmira WIN
KO
1935-06-03 Louis LePage LLWWWL Hinchliffe Stadium, Paterson WIN
Points
1935-05-16 Ray Miller LWW Music Hall, Paterson LOST
Points
1935-05-02 Charlie Mautz WWWWWW Music Hall, Paterson WIN
Points
1935-04-11 Babe Marshall LWLLLL Music Hall, Paterson WIN
Points
1935-04-04 Vincent Funk DDWWW Music Hall, Paterson WIN
KO
1935-03-15 Jimmy Varrelli LLLWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
1934-12-01 Julius Vigh LLLWWL Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn WIN
KO
1934-11-10 Terry Mitchell DLLLLW Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn WIN
Points
1934-10-27 John Dario LLWLDL Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn WIN
KO
1934-10-06 Joe Gargiso Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn WIN
KO