1898-12-06 (145lbs) Mysterious Billy Smith w pts 20 Joe Walcott, Lenox AC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA
1898-12-06 (145lbs) Mysterious Billy Smith w pts 20 Joe Walcott, Lenox AC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Charlie White. Billed for the 145lbs championship, at this moment in time Smith was claiming the 142, 145 and 148lb titles. Both men showed wonderful ability to accept their punishment, with Walcott taking blows to the head that would have finished most men, but apart from the 11th round when he was dropped by a heavy right he looked impregnable. Badly handicapped in reach, Walcott was often unable to stop Smith from reaching him, and as the latter did most of the forcing it gave him a decided advantage. Prior to the contest it was thought that Smith had left his best days behind and that Walcott had a great chance, but the champion proved the doubters wrong when giving one of his finest displays.