1913-11-15 (160lbs) Jeff Smith w pts 20 Georges Bernard, Wonderland, Paris, France
1913-11-15 (160lbs) Jeff Smith w pts 20 Georges Bernard, Wonderland, Paris, France. Referee: Franz Reichel. Billed for the title at 160lbs, with both men announced as being inside the weight, Smith (159½) controlled most of the fight with his left hand before opening up somewhat in the last three sessions as Bernard tired. Prior to that the contest had been mundane with Smith doing enough to keep ahead and Barnard occasionally throwing heavy blows without ever following them up. Boxing reported that in the last three rounds the real Smith was seen when sending in stinging left jabs to Bernard’s face and doing good work with right uppercuts. Bernard, who was far too conservative to take the fight to Smith when given the opportunities, finished with a badly swollen left eye. Most observers felt that the referee should have awarded a draw as neither man did enough.
After the fight, with Frank Klaus back in America the promoters awarded Smith a championship belt and proclaimed him to be the new champion.