1900-01-22 (122lbs) Will Curley w pts 20 Nat Smith, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England

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1900-01-22 (122lbs) Will Curley w pts 20 Nat Smith, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England. Referee: Ed Plummer. Billed for the English 122lbs title, Curley (122) made the better start, especially with the left hand, and in the fifth and ninth rounds Smith (121) was sent to the floor. Both men were cautioned for holding and although Smith remained in the fight he was taking plenty of punishment before being brought to his knees at the end of the 17th. While Curley looked out of sorts in the 18th he came back to drop Smith with solid lefts to the jaw in the 19th before cruising through the final session. Curley, who damaged his right hand badly in the tenth, challenged the world on winning.