Battling Levinsky Vintage Original Antique Apeda Studio Photograph
World Light-Heavyweight Champion from 1916 to 1920, Battling Levinsky began his boxing career under the name Barney Williams. However, he received little attention until he took on a manager named Dan Morgan in 1913, who changed Barney´s name and his boxing fortunes. True to his new name, Battling Levinsky fought 37 times in 1914, and 9 times in the month of January alone. In January 1915, he began the year with three 10-round bouts on New Year´s Day 1 each in Brooklyn, Waterbury, Connecticut, and New York City. After two title-match losses to Light Heavyweight Champion Jack Dillon, (April 1914 and April 1916), Levinsky wrested the crown from Dillon on October 24, 1916. Fifty-nine bouts later, almost four years to the day, he lost his championship to France´s Georges Carpentier.