1897-12-09 (122lbs) Darkey Wallace w rtd 10 (10) Willie Smith, Excelsior Baths, Bethnal Green, London, England
1897-12-09 (122lbs) Darkey Wallace w rtd 10 (10) Willie Smith, Excelsior Baths, Bethnal Green, London, England. Referee: Tom Goodman. Not over the championship distance, but the result strengthened Wallace’s English title claim at 122lbs. In the second Smith was forced down four times before coming back hard, and from there on in he concentrated on his speed to thwart Wallace, who at times became very erratic. By the eighth Smith was landing heavily to the body, but in the ninth with tiredness taking over when the bell rang he was on his knees. Although ahead on points coming in to the final session, Smith was retired by his corner after being floored and then staggering around the ring.