1903-03-21 (130lbs) Nat Smith w co 20 (20) Jack Dixon, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England

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1903-03-21 (130lbs) Nat Smith w co 20 (20) Jack Dixon, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England. Referee: Sam Francis. Made at 130lbs, a fine contest was spoiled by far too many clinches, although Smith (127) scored the better punches and was well on his way to a points win when Dixon (127) was knocked out with just 30 seconds of the contest remaining. The fight had started with Dixon rushing in, playing for the body, and Smith was down twice in the second round more from pushes than punches. By the ninth, Smith, scoring freely with the left hand, was going well and he had Dixon over several times. Dixon was now bleeding profusely and tired but he gamely pressed on before being put down from a right to the head in the 17th. In the next session he had Smith over, but the latter was quickly back in control and in the last round he had Dixon down twice for long counts before both of them fell over together and the latter was counted out after banging his head on the floor.

Smith, the ABA featherweight champion in 1897, failed to make his English title claim at 128lbs stick, especially after Dick Lee’s victory over Jack Roberts a week or so later.

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