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Mysterious Billy Smith

W L D
32 22 26
22 KOs 8 KOs
last 6


bouts 85
rounds 1010
KOs 24%
 
global ID 31315
birth nameBilly Amos Smith
born 1871-05-15
death date1937-10-14 / age 66
debut1890-12-01 / age 19
divisionwelterweight
height5′ 8½″   /   174cm
residence
Portland, Oregon, USA
birth place
Little River, Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada

newspaper decisions
bouts rounds won lost drawn
91 32 2 3 1

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1915-12-29
Jack Root2 2 0
Rose City A.C., Portland, Oregon, USA
LTKO6/6
 L 
TKO
6/6
  
referee: Jockey Bennett
1911-07-21
Jim Cameron6 2 0
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
LDQ3/4
 L 
DQ
3/4
  
Reported as Smith's "comeback" bout. He was disqualified for wrestling and holding. Cameron subbed for Rufus Williams. Tacoma Daily News
1910-06-10
Al Neill37 16 16
Exposition Rink, Saint Johns, Oregon, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1903-05-28
Joe Walcott79 11 12
Columbia A.C., Portland, Oregon, USA
LTKO4/20
 L 
TKO
4/20
  
Smith suffered a broken hand in round three, and his corner soon after threw in the towel.
1902-03-14
Tommy Ryan66 2 10
Turner Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
LKO4/10
 L 
KO
4/10
  
time: 1:35
Crowd cries fake. Smith said he weighed 150 but looked 170; he was fat and in no condition to fight.
1902-01-23
Al Neill13 2 6
Pastime A.C., Portland, Oregon, USA
LDQ10/20
 L 
DQ
10/20
  
Smith kicked Neill, then bit him on the shoulder.
1901-11-29
Al Neill11 2 5
Exposition Building, Portland, Oregon, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
1901-10-25
Tom Tracey19 15 9
Exposition Building, Portland, Oregon, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
1901-08-19
154George Byers15614 4 14
Victoria Rink, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
referee: Jack Power
1901-06-14
Young Peter Jackson37 7 12
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
LTKO2/0
 L 
TKO
2/0
  
referee: George Mantz
Results from the Baltimore American. This bout took place at Germania Maennerchor Hall. Smith indulged in several "mad rushes" throughout, during once of which his eye came into contact with Jackson's head and split open. Smith's corner threw in the sponge before the start of the thrid round, claiming their man couldn't see.
1901-03-21
Tim Hurley4 3 3
Opera House, New London, Connecticut, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
1901-02-12
Owen Ziegler32 18 16
Lake City A.C., Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
DPTS10/20
 D 
PTS
10/20
  
referee: Walter C Kelly
The bout was stopped in 10th by deputy sheriff, and called a draw.
1900-12-27
Jack Mahoney1 1 3
Paterson, New Jersey, USA
NNC11/0
 N 
NC
11/0
  
1900-11-22
Mike Donovan35 3 17
Metropolitan A.C., Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
1900-11-14
Jim Judge7 4 2
Savannah, Georgia, USA
LDQ11/0
 L 
DQ
11/0
  
1900-09-24
Joe Walcott65 7 8
Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
LDQ10/20
 L 
DQ
10/20
  
referee: Johnny White
1900-09-11
Young Peter Jackson36 5 8
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
W TKO18/0
 W  
TKO
18/0
  
Police intervened to save Jackson from further punishment.
1900-06-29
Jimmy Handler20 9 4
Broadway A.C., New York, New York, USA
LDQ15/25
 L 
DQ
15/25
  
referee: Charlie White
1900-05-04
Joe Walcott64 6 8
Broadway A.C., New York, New York, USA
LPTS25/25
 L 
PTS
25/25
  
1900-04-17
142Matty Matthews14238 5 14
Broadway A.C., New York, New York, USA
LKO19/25
 L 
KO
19/25
  
time: 0:28   referee: Charlie White
World Welterweight Title
Fought at 142 pounds.
1900-03-12
Jack Mahoney1 0 2
Hercules A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
DPTS25/25
 D 
PTS
25/25
  
Billed as a World Welterweight title fight. Both men weighed over the then welter limit of 142lbs
1900-01-26
Frank McConnell8 2 1
Broadway A.C., New York, New York, USA
W KO22/25
 W  
KO
22/25
  
Welterweight World Title
Although listed in Ring Record Book as a title fight the New York Herald reports the match was made at 148lbs
Smith becomes the undisputed champion. National Police Gazette, Feb. 17, 1900 issue.
1900-01-15
Rube Ferns25 6 3
Hawthorne A.C., Buffalo, New York, USA
LDQ21/25
 L 
DQ
21/25
  
referee: Eddie McBride
Welterweight Championship of the World
Smith knocked Ferns down 15 times before fouling him.
1899-11-08
Charlie McKeever24 5 7
Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Johnny White
Sometimes recorded as a World Welterweight title fight. Both men weighed over the then welter limit of 142lbs
1899-10-20
Charlie McKeever24 5 7
Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LNWS6/6
 L 
NWS
6/6
  
Results from the Philadelphia Record.
1899-09-29
Billy Stift18 5 3
Star Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
referee: Malachy Hogan
1899-09-25
Bob Douglass0 3 2
Olympic A.C., Denver, Colorado, USA
W KO4/20
 W  
KO
4/20
  
1899-08-04
Andy Walsh13 6 5
Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
DPTS25/25
 D 
PTS
25/25
  
1899-07-31
Young Baileydebut
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W NWS4/0
 W  
NWS
4/0
  
Results from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
1899-07-28
Jack Mahoney1 0 2
Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
DNWS6/6
 D 
NWS
6/6
  
"Mahoney landed more clean blows than Smith, but they seemed very light and had little effect...Smith, as usual, waited until Mahoney clinched and then got back at him with heavy blows to the kidneys...On the whole, the bout was unsatisfactory from the spectators point of view." Philadelphia Record
1899-06-30
142Charlie McKeever14224 5 6
Broadway A.C., New York, New York, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
Sometimes recorded as a World Welterweight title fight but no mention of that appeared in the New York Herald while the New York Times reported it as a match made at catchweight
1899-03-10
142George (Kid) Lavigne13834 0 10
Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
W TKO14/20
 W  
TKO
14/20
  
referee: Jim McDonald
World & American Welterweight Title
The fight was stopped when Lavigne's brother Billy entered the ring
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2004
1899-01-24
147Australian Billy Edwards14713 3 0
Lenox A.C., New York, New York, USA
W KO14/20
 W  
KO
14/20
  
time: 2:08
New York Times
1898-12-06
Joe Walcott49 5 8
Lenox A.C., New York, New York, USA
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Charlie White
Billed for the World Welterweight title. Both men weighed over the then welter limit of 142lbs.
1898-11-14
Tommy West14 5 6
Horizon A.C., Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Sam C Austin
1898-10-07
142Charlie McKeever14222 4 4
Lenox A.C., New York, New York, USA
W PTS25/25
 W  
PTS
25/25
  
World Welterweight Title
1898-10-03
Jim Judge3 0 2
American S.C., Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO20/20
 W  
KO
20/20
  
1898-09-05
Andy Walsh10 5 3
Greater New York A.C., Coney Island, New York, USA
DPTS25/25
 D 
PTS
25/25
  
referee: Aleck Brown
1898-08-25
Matty Matthews18 4 7
Lenox A.C., New York, New York, USA
W PTS25/25
 W  
PTS
25/25
  
World Welterweight Title
1898-07-29
George Green8 3 1
Lenox A.C., New York, New York, USA
W PTS25/25
 W  
PTS
25/25
  
1898-06-25
Andy Walsh9 5 2
Greater New York A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
1898-06-03
Billy Stift13 2 2
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LDQ5/6
 L 
DQ
5/6
  
1898-05-23
Charley Johnson56 13 21
Olympic A.C., Athens, Pennsylvania, USA
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
1898-04-22
Tim Callahan2 2 6
Arena A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LNWS6/6
 L 
NWS
6/6
  
(Philadelphia Inquirer)
1898-04-14
Joe Walcott49 5 6
Park City Theater, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
DPTS25/25
 D 
PTS
25/25
  
referee: Sam C Austin
1898-02-18
156Abe Ullman1567 5 4
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
DPTS8/8
 D 
PTS
8/8
  
NY Sun
1898-01-28
Charley Johnson54 13 19
Arena A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LDQ1/0
 L 
DQ
1/0
  
1897-12-13
Johnny Gorman7 6 8
Park City Theater, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
W DQ5/0
 W  
DQ
5/0
  
referee: Jimmy Carroll
Gorman was disqualified for wrestling
1897-12-06
Billy Mulligandebut
Yonkers, New York, USA
W TKO2/0
 W  
TKO
2/0
  
1897-10-11
Jack Bonner23 5 8
Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LNWS6/6
 L 
NWS
6/6
  
Bonner edged Smith who outweighed him by 20 pounds.
1897-09-17
Jack Howarddebut
Clarendon A.C., New York, New York, USA
W TKO9/0
 W  
TKO
9/0
  
Howard had a fifteen pound weight advantage but this did not stop Smith from hammering him about the ring with steady left hand jabs. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1897-09-06
Mike Dempsey0 1 0
Greenpoint S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
W TKO2/10
 W  
TKO
2/10
  
referee: Joe Ward
1897-08-23
Jack Powers0 0 4
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
DPTS8/8
 D 
PTS
8/8
  
1897-06-08
Jack Bonner21 5 8
Olympic A.C., Athens, Pennsylvania, USA
LKO5/6
 L 
KO
5/6
  
1897-05-29
Abe Ullman5 4 4
Polo A.C., New York, New York, USA
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
1897-03-17
George Green5 1 1
The Race Track Arena, Carson City, Nevada, USA
LTKO12/0
 L 
TKO
12/0
  
With Tommy Ryan showing more interest as a middleweight Green claimed the World Welterweight title
Smith rebroke a bone in his arm in round 4.
1897-01-09
Con Doyle3 2 1
Polo A.C., New York, New York, USA
DPTS12/12
 D 
PTS
12/12
  
Smith broke a bone in his arm in round 3.
1896-11-25
Tommy Ryan33 1 7
Empire A.C., Maspeth, Queens, New York, USA
LDQ9/20
 L 
DQ
9/20
  
time: 2:44
1896-09-04
Australian Jim Ryan10 7 3
Astoria, Oregon, USA
LDQ7/10
 L 
DQ
7/10
  
Ryan lost his footing and went down and Smith landed a blow while he was down. At this point the police interfered and the fight was given to Ryan.--Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune, 9/5/1896
1896-07-02
Billy Gallagher3 2 2
Occidental A.C., San Francisco, California, USA
NNC1/10
 N 
NC
1/10
  
referee: Mike Sullivan
Police stopped the fight when it got too wild, Captain Wittman stating: "Gentlemen, I will tolerate boxing contests, but no slogging; if the fighters can select a referee who will see that a fair boxing contest is carried on, I will not object, but this slogging game I will certainly not permit." Immediately after this the referee declared the fight a draw. Gallagher refused to go on with the fight as long as the referee had decided the match a draw. (San Francisco Call)
1896-05-18
152Charles Kid McCoy15734 2 7
Newton Street Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LDQ6/15
 L 
DQ
6/15
  
referee: Bill Daly
Smith fouled on a break. It had been reported that McCoy would claim the "middleweight championship" if he won. The Los Angeles Times
1896-03-30
147Bill Husbands14817 8 0
National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom
W TKO8/8
 W  
TKO
8/8
  
referee: Bernard J Angle
Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland), Tuesday, March 31, 1896
1896-01-15
Pat Kehoedebut
Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
W TKO1/0
 W  
TKO
1/0
  
Kehoe weighs over 225lbs.
1895-12-27
Tom Cawley0 0 1
Alhambra, Syracuse, New York, USA
NND6/6
 N 
ND
6/6
  
1895-05-27
Tommy Ryan29 0 6
Sea Side A.C., Coney Island, New York, USA
DPTS18/25
 D 
PTS
18/25
  
referee: Tim Hurst
World Welterweight Title
Matched at 142 pounds. Ryan was down in the 10th round and saved by the bell rung at the end of the first minute of the 11th round. Stopped when the police intervened, with Smith hanging helpless on the ropes.
1895-04-01
Jimmy Manndebut
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
NND4/4
 N 
ND
4/4
  
1895-03-14
Ed Vaughn0 1 1
Front Street Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
W TKO4/4
 W  
TKO
4/4
  
1895-03-05
Young Hagendebut
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W TKO4/0
 W  
TKO
4/0
  
1895-03-01
Joe Walcott39 2 2
Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
referee: Barney Aaron
Reported for the 140lb. Championship of America (Fort Wayne News).
1895-02-13
Peter Maher70 4 1
Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
NND3/3
 N 
ND
3/3
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1895-02-01
Harry Gallagherdebut
Caledonian A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W NWS4/4
 W  
NWS
4/4
  
Results from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
1894-11-19
Jack Powers0 0 1
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
1894-10-29
Dick O'Brien1518 1 1
Lafayette A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: John Murphy
Fought at 145lbs and O'Brien six pounds over.
1894-08-17
? Mayodebut
Pentwater, Michigan, USA
LKO0/0
 L 
KO
0/0
  
Mayo's first name was not listed. It stated he was a heavyweight champion (Nebraska State Journal).
1894-07-26
142Tommy Ryan14224 0 6
Twin City A.C., Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
LPTS20/20
 L 
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Joe Choynski
World Welterweight Title
1894-05-15
Eddie Butlerdebut
Spring Valley, Illinois, USA
W TKO2/0
 W  
TKO
2/0
  
referee: John Rogan
1894-02-19
Fletcher Robbinsdebut
Streator, Illinois, USA
W TKO4/0
 W  
TKO
4/0
  
The police stopped the fight after Fletcher was punished and knocked down. LA Times
1894-01-09
142Tommy Ryan14521 0 5
Casino, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
1893-09-20
Billy McCarthy17 7 9
2nd Regiment Armory, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
Smith won the bout, per Chicago Tribune
1893-08-29
Tommy Ryan20 0 3
Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
Fought at 145lbs.
1893-04-17
Tom Williams17 2 5
Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
time: 2:35   referee: John P. Eckhardt
For Smith's claim of World 140 lbs Welterweight champion
1892-12-14
142Danny Needham14349 6 1
Wigwam Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA
W KO14/0
 W  
KO
14/0
  
referee: Prof. Walter Watson
Finish fight at 142 lbs, for a $1750 purse. Needham was knocked down three times in the 9th round, and several times in the 14th, last time for the count. After this fight Smith first laid claim to World (142 lbs) Welter title.
1892-09-20
139¾Billy (Shadow) Maber139¾6 3 2
Pastime A.C., Portland, Oregon, USA
W KO26/0
 W  
KO
26/0
  
referee: Jack Dempsey
Portland Oregonian.
1892-06-29
143Charles Gleason14419 9 8
Pastime A.C., Portland, Oregon, USA
W TKO4/20
 W  
TKO
4/20
  
referee: Billy Keough
Portland Oregonian.
1892-04-28
Tommy West0 0 1
Pastime A.C., Portland, Oregon, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
1892-03-21
Billy Armstrong1 0 0
Occidental A.C., San Francisco, California, USA
W KO13/0
 W  
KO
13/0
  
1892-02-16
140Frank Kelly1420 2 0
New Wigwam, San Francisco, California, USA
W KO37/0
 W  
KO
37/0
  
Scheduled as a "finish" fight; Joe Choynski the timekeeper
1892-01-27
Frank Purcell0 1 1
California A.C., San Francisco, California, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
Purcell won the fight and decision. Purcell knocked Smith down in the sixth, twice in the seventh, and 'several times' in the last three rounds. The Morning Call (SF)
1892-01-20
Billy Kellydebut
California A.C., San Francisco, California, USA
W PTS5/4
 W  
PTS
5/4
  
The fight was even after four scheduled rounds so another was ordered. Referee Allen gave Smith the decision by a point. SF Chronicle
1891-02-02
Frank Tebeaudebut
W TKO5/0
 W  
TKO
5/0
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1890-12-01
Ed Harveydebut
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
Exact date unknown.
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Draw
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No Contest
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