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Melio Bettina boxer

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

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 Titles Result
Dec. 21, 1948 Johnny Flynn WWWLWW Sports Arena, Rochester LOSS
KO
Nov. 19, 1948 Enrique Felpi LLLWWW St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 8, 1948 Sandy McPherson WWWLLW Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence WIN
Unanimous decision
July 27, 1948 Jimmy O'Brien LLLDLL MacArthur Stadium, Brooklyn WIN
Technical knockout
July 6, 1948 Austin Johnson WWLWLD Twin City Bowl, Elizabeth WIN
KO
June 16, 1948 Angel Sotillo LLWWLL MacArthur Stadium, Brooklyn WIN
KO
May 24, 1948 Ross Strickland WLWLLL Avalon Rollerdrome, Newburgh WIN
Technical knockout
May 12, 1948 Jackie Fisher WDWWLW City Hall, Bangor WIN
Technical knockout
May 23, 1947 Gus Lesnevich LWLWLW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
KO
Dec. 10, 1946 Joe Muscato WWLWWL Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 19, 1946 Bill Weinberg WWLLWL Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 25, 1946 Eldridge Eatman WLWDWW Crystal Arena, Norwalk WIN
Points
Aug. 19, 1946 Larry Bouchard LLLWLL Troy Arena, Troy WIN
KO
July 11, 1946 Eddie Blunt WLWLLD Bulkeley Stadium, Hartford WIN
Points
March 16, 1945 Jimmy Bivins WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York DRAW
Points
Dec. 11, 1944 George Parks WLLWLW Uline Arena, Washington WIN
Points
Oct. 16, 1944 Tommy Reed WWWWWW Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
KO
July 18, 1944 Curtis Sheppard WWLWWL Forbes Field, Pittsburgh WIN
Unanimous decision
June 12, 1944 Buddy Walker LWWWLL Forbes Field, Pittsburgh WIN
Split-decision
May 22, 1944 Johnny Vorce WWDWWL Forbes Field, Pittsburgh WIN
KO
Sept. 15, 1943 Jimmy Bivins WWWWWW Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland LOSS
Unanimous decision
June 14, 1943 Lou Brooks LWLWLW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
June 23, 1942 Harry Bobo WLWWLW Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
June 12, 1942 Altus Allen WWWWWL Comiskey Park, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
April 10, 1942 Booker Beckwith WWWWLW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
March 31, 1942 Gus Dorazio LWWWLW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 12, 1942 Mose Brown LWWWWL Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Points
Dec. 1, 1941 Harry Bobo WWLWWW Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Split-decision
Nov. 17, 1941 Jimmy Bivins WWWLLW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 7, 1941 Sonny Boy Walker WWLWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
Aug. 25, 1941 Pat Valentino WLWWLW Civic Auditorium, San Francisco WIN
Points
July 22, 1941 Red Burman WWWLWW Ebbets Field, Brooklyn WIN
Points
March 25, 1941 Jack Marshall WWWLLD Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa WIN
Technical knockout
March 9, 1941 Buddy Knox LWWLWL Biscayne Fronton, Miami WIN
KO
Feb. 21, 1941 Herbie Katz LWWWLL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
KO
Jan. 13, 1941 Anton Christoforidis WWWWLW Arena, Cleveland vacant National Boxing Association World Light Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 17, 1940 Solly Krieger WLWWWL Broadway Arena, Brooklyn vacant National Boxing Association World Light Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 10, 1940 Gunnar Barlund LWWWWW New York Coliseum, Bronx vacant National Boxing Association World Light Heavyweight

WIN
Points
Aug. 7, 1940 Joe O'Gatty LLLLLL Mohawk Mills Park, Amsterdam vacant National Boxing Association World Light Heavyweight

WIN
Points
June 7, 1940 Al McCoy WLLWWL Boston Garden, Boston LOSS
Split-decision
Feb. 2, 1940 Fred Apostoli WWWWLW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Corner retirement
Jan. 5, 1940 Fred Apostoli LWWWWL Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Majority decision
Dec. 15, 1939 Mario Liani LLLLLL Municipal Auditorium, Kingston WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 28, 1939 Willie Pavlovich WWWWLL Braddock Arena, Jersey City WIN
Points
Sept. 25, 1939 Billy Conn WWWWWW Forbes Field, Pittsburgh National Boxing Association World Light Heavyweight

NYSAC World Light Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Aug. 8, 1939 Charley 'Hobo' Williams WDWWWW Woodcliff Park, Poughkeepsie WIN
Points
July 13, 1939 Billy Conn WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York vacant National Boxing Association World Light Heavyweight

NYSAC World Light Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
May 15, 1939 Italo Colonello WWWLWL Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 3, 1939 Tiger Jack Fox WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 20, 1939 Henry Cooper WLLLLL Hippodrome, New York WIN
Points
Jan. 3, 1939 Bud Mignault WLLLLL New York Coliseum, Bronx WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 10, 1938 Basher Dean WLWLDW Amusement Academy, Plainfield WIN
Points
Aug. 18, 1938 Buck Everett LWWLWL Woodcliff Park, Poughkeepsie WIN
KO
July 26, 1938 Gene Bonin LWLLLL Woodcliff Park, Poughkeepsie WIN
Technical knockout
July 2, 1938 Johnny Lasinski WLWWWW Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford WIN
Technical knockout
June 17, 1938 Phil Sommese WDWWLW Coney Island Velodrome, Brooklyn WIN
Points
May 20, 1938 Domenico Ceccarelli LWLLLL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
May 5, 1938 Jim Johnson LWWDLW Hippodrome, New York WIN
Technical knockout
March 25, 1938 Pat McDuff WWLWLL Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Points
March 11, 1938 Tony Celli WWWWLW Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
KO
Feb. 4, 1938 Bob Godwin WLWWLL Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 10, 1937 Swede Berglund WLWWLD Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 5, 1937 Swede Berglund WWWLWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
Sept. 28, 1937 Art Johnson DDDWWD Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 20, 1937 Buck Everett LLLWLW Beach Arena, Miami Beach LOSS
Split-decision
Aug. 7, 1937 Johnny Duarte LLLLLL Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford WIN
Points
July 24, 1937 Joe Lipps LLLLLL Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford WIN
Technical knockout
July 10, 1937 Jimmy Mendes WWDWDW Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford WIN
KO
June 18, 1937 Joe Knight WLWLL Beach Arena, Miami Beach WIN
Points
March 30, 1937 Barney Brock LWWDLW Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Points
March 16, 1937 Joe Lipps WWLLLL Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Points
March 2, 1937 Tony Celli LWWWWL Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Points
Jan. 26, 1937 Leroy Brown WLLDWD Legion Arena, West Palm Beach DRAW
Points
Jan. 12, 1937 Carl Knowles WLWLLW Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 8, 1936 Steve Carr WDDWLW Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
KO
Nov. 16, 1936 Buddy Ryan LWWWLL Laurel Garden, Newark WIN
Points
Sept. 28, 1936 Frank Zamaris LWWWWW Laurel Garden, Newark WIN
Points
Sept. 14, 1936 Frank Zamaris WLWWWW Meadowbrook Field, Newark LOSS
KO
Aug. 27, 1936 Freddie Caruso LWWDDW Braddock Bowl, Jersey City LOSS
Points
Aug. 21, 1936 Buddy Ryan DWWLWW Boardwalk Arena, Long Branch LOSS
Points
July 13, 1936 Charley Loughran WDLLWW Griffith Stadium, Washington WIN
Unanimous decision
June 1, 1936 Bud Mignault WWWWDW Woodcliff Park, Poughkeepsie WIN
Points
April 14, 1936 Charley Weise LDWDLW Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Split-decision
March 31, 1936 Charley Weise LLDWDL Legion Arena, West Palm Beach LOSS
Points
March 10, 1936 Tony Celli LLLDWL Legion Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Points
Feb. 17, 1936 Babe Childers WWLWWW Beach Arena, Miami Beach WIN
KO
Jan. 9, 1936 Joe Tinsley DLWWLW Westchester County Center, White Plains WIN
Points
Nov. 12, 1935 Leroy Smith WLLWLW Arena, New Haven WIN
Points
Sept. 10, 1935 Mark Hough WLLWWW Woodcliff Park, Poughkeepsie DRAW
Points
June 25, 1935 Alfie Williams LWLWLL Elmira Athletic Field, Elmira WIN
KO
June 3, 1935 Louis LePage LLWWWL Hinchliffe Stadium, Paterson WIN
Points
May 16, 1935 Ray Miller LWW Music Hall, Paterson LOSS
Points
May 2, 1935 Charlie Mautz WWWWWW Music Hall, Paterson WIN
Points
April 11, 1935 Babe Marshall LWLLLL Music Hall, Paterson WIN
Points
April 4, 1935 Vincent Funk DDWWW Music Hall, Paterson WIN
KO
March 15, 1935 Jimmy Varrelli LLLWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
Dec. 1, 1934 Julius Vigh LLLWWL Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn WIN
KO
Nov. 10, 1934 Terry Mitchell DLLLLW Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn WIN
Points
Oct. 27, 1934 John Dario LLWLDL Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn WIN
KO
Oct. 6, 1934 Joe Gargiso Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn WIN
KO