Former WBC jr. welterweight champ, Billy Costello, passed away earlier today after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 55.
Costello, over the course of a 20-year career, won 40 of his 42 contests, capturing the WBC 140 lb. belt in 1984 with a TKO 10 win over defending titlist, Bruce Curry. Costello would go on to make three successful title defenses before dropping the belt to Lonnie Smith in 1985.
The Kingston, NY native had his last fight in 1999, scoring a split decision victory over former world champ, Puerto Rican, Juan La Porte.