1884-12-17 Jem Smith w rtd 12 (finish) Woolf Bendoff, London, England

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1884-12-17 Jem Smith w rtd 12 (finish) Woolf Bendoff, London, England. Held in the west end of London in private, Smith won a £50 trophy and claimed the English title after Bendoff, down in the 12th and saved by the bell, was retired during the interval. Using a long lead, although Bendoff made the fight he could not really hurt Smith, who continually backed off and waited for the former to become exhausted. At the finish Bendoff was still in front, but Smith, who had played a waiting game, remained unhurt throughout.

Smith followed this up when outpointing Tom Longer over three rounds to win a championship competition at the Blue Anchor Public House, Shoreditch, London on 26 February 1885.

Later in the year Smith put down a deposit and accepted a challenge from Jack Davis, but the latter never covered it. Following that, Smith then disputed Alf Greenfield’s right to also be called the English champion. Smith and Davis would eventually come together on 16 December in a bare-knuckle fight, the latter being knocked out inside six rounds.