Nicknamed "Make-Believe Billy", Edwards began boxing at the age of 14 and fought Sam Collyer on August 24, 1868 for the American Lightweight Championship. Edwards won the fight in the 34th-round to win the title.
Edwards fought Hall of Famer Charlie Mitchell in 1884, losing in the 3rd round.
Life After Boxing
Following the Mitchell bout, Edwards retired from the ring but remained in boxing by training John L. Sullivan for several winning contests.
Edwards was a successful real estate investor after retiring.
- Everett Morning Tribune, Everett, WA, USA, August 21, 1907
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