1895-05-10 Jem Smith w co 2 (20) Ted Pritchard, Central Hall, Holborn, London, England
1895-05-10 Jem Smith w co 2 (20) Ted Pritchard, Central Hall, Holborn, London, England. Referee: Joe Steers. In a battle that was billed for the English heavyweight title it was reckoned to be one of the fiercest fights ever seen while it lasted, with Smith being allowed to get away with some of the most blatant fouls witnessed in a boxing ring. After both men had been floored in the opening session, Smith (175) four times and Pritchard (160) once, it quickly developed into a win at all costs affair, and coming up for the second round all involved were sensing that it was going to be more of the same. With the fighting intense, both men standing toe to toe and hammering in punch after punch to head and body, it was plainly obvious that it could not last. The first to show the effects was Pritchard, who eventually dropped down exhausted. The Sporting Life reported that the ring was then invaded by enthusiasts whose common sense had completely left them. Amidst the pandemonium, after the referee had spoken with the timekeeper and discovered that Pritchard had been on the floor for 15 seconds prior to getting up he declared Smith the winner.
Although Smith could claim to be the national champion he was never really considered to be world class.