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Gunboat Smith
Global ID11290
sexmale
birthdate 1887-02-17
death date 1974-08-06 (87)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 2″   /   188cm
reach72″   /   183cm
aliasGunner
country USA
residencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
birth placePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
birth nameEdward J. Smyth
won 52 (KO 38) + lost 28 (KO 12) + drawn 10 = 90
rounds boxed 581
Newspaper Decisions won 30 : lost 17 : drawn 3
rounds boxed 468
Total Bouts 140 KO% 27.14
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1921-10-10Harry Wills49-5-2
Stadium, Havana, CubaLKO120
time: 1:07
Wills landed the only six blows of the fight, including a right to the back of Smith's head and a terrific left uppercut to the jaw that sent him to the floor where he was counted out.
1921-05-30Bob Martin29-4-0
Huntington, West Virginia, USALKO310
1921-03-09Al Roberts10-3-0
Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York, New York, USALKO1012
1920-10-21Harry Greb45-2-1
Springbrook Park, South Bend, Indiana, USALKO110
Surgeons were summoned to examine Smith when "Greb, after a few clinches, landed a hard left on Smith's right eye, injuring the optic nerve and blinding him. A second later he landed a right on Smith's jaw, knocking him out." Tacoma News Tribune Doubts were expressed that Smith wsould recover the use of his right eye, but of course he did so. Greb displayed blinding speed during his attack. The ring was erected in front of the baseball stands in Springbrook Park and "illuminated by an array of iights extended to the four corners of the ring." 2,000 fans attended.
1920-09-06Bob Roper6-6-2
Fort Worth, Texas, USAWNWS1010
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. It was a close fight but Smith won "by a shade".
1920-08-09Bob Roper6-6-1
Columbus, Ohio, USADPTS1515
Some sources indicate this bout occurred in Akron, OH. However, the Philadelphia Record and the Milwaukee Journal both give Columbus as the location.
1920-08-03Texas Tate7-5-1
Panther Park, Fort Worth, Texas, USAWNWS1212
Smith won the newspaper decision. (Daily Northwestern)
1920-07-15Chuck Wiggins17-2-2
Ramona Baseball Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USALNWS1010
Results from the Bay City Times.
1920-06-26Tony Melchior6-0-0
East Chicago, Indiana, USAWNWS1010
Smith won the newspaper decision. (Iowa City Press Citizen) The Chicago Tribune had the same result.
1920-05-13Lee Anderson10-4-6
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USALPTS44
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Anderson "gave away twenty pounds, a head in height and plenty of reach" to Smith.
1920-04-07Fred Fulton56-6-0
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USALKO210
Smith down twice in 1st, and again for count in 2nd
1920-03-10Andre Anderson9-9-1
American Legion A.A., Fresno, California, USAWPTS44
1920-02-25Bill Tate13-10-0
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USALPTS44
1920-02-04Willie Meehan78-16-36
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS44
Meehan was knocked down in the 2nd
1920-01-23Carl Morris42-9-2
American Legion A.A., Fresno, California, USAWPTS44
1919-12-11Ole Anderson7-3-4
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USADPTS44
1919-12-03Carl Morris41-8-1
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USADPTS44
1919-11-19Fat LaRue7-1-0
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS44
1919-11-05Frank Farmer31-9-15
Arena, Seattle, Washington, USALPTS66
Smith's Seattle debut, per the Seattle Star. But the Nov. 2 Post-Intelligencer mentions his 1909 Seattle ring appearance with Denver Ed Martin.
1919-10-30Boy McCormick15-4-2
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USALPTS44
1919-10-23K O Kruvosky31-12-16
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USALPTS44
Kruvosky ran afoul with the law after this bout leading to inactivity
1918-12-30Jack Dempsey46-4-9
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USALKO28
Dempsey knocked Smith down with a left jolt a minute into round one. For the remainder of the round Smith was on the defensive, trying unsuccessfully to parry or slip the punches that put him down repeatedly. Smith again went on the offensive at the start of the second, but Dempsey easily sidestepped the veteran fighter and put him down again. A short right to the head laid Smith out for the full count, he'd been down a total of 9 times.
1918-07-12Billy Miske22-1-2
International League Ballpark, Jersey City, New Jersey, USALNWS88
referee: Harry Ertle
Miske "outfought 'Gunboat' Smith of New York in all but the fifth of a 10-round bout here last night." (Newark Advocate) The Philadelphia Record reported the same result. The Jersey Journal had the same result, but shows that it was an 8-rounder, not 10 (as shown here previously). (Fights longer than 8 rounds were not permitted in New Jersey at this time.)
1918-07-04Tom McMahon20-10-5
Highland Park, Dayton, Ohio, USADPTS1515
1918-05-27Leo Houck43-8-3
Erne Club, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
The Harrisburg Patriot gave it to Houck by a wide margin. Newspaper draw from the Philadelphia Record.
1918-04-12Billy Miske19-1-1
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USALPTS1010
referee: Billy Haack
1918-04-01Clay Turner11-0-0
Majestic Theatre, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Record.
1918-03-08Hugh Walker3-1-4
Joplin, Missouri, USALNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Chicago Tribune.
1918-02-18Emmett 'Kid' Wagner8-5-0
Majestic Theatre, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
(Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader)
1918-01-09Charley Weinert14-3-0
Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, USALPTS1212
Evening Tribune 10 January 1918
1917-11-27Fred Fulton34-4-0
Arcadia Rink, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USALTKO710
referee: George Barton
In the 4th round, Fulton hammered Smith against the ropes and a turnbuckle snapped, collapsing the ropes encircling the ring. It took some five minutes for repairs to be made. By the 7th, Smith was staggering around blindly when his corner threw in the sponge.
1917-10-02Jack Dempsey27-3-9
Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, USALPTS44
referee: Toby Irwin
Smith and Dempsey did not fight a 4-rounder on October 16, 1917, as was previously shown here. That entry was a duplicate of this one.
1917-09-07Frank Moran26-7-2
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1917-08-20Kid Norfolk28-10-4
Airdome A.C., Rochester, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Rochester Herald (Paul Zabala). "Kid Norfolk carried the battle all the way, seldom giving Smith an opportunity to set himself for a telling punch. Smith claimed to have hurt his right hand in the third round." (Iowa City Citizen)
1917-08-10Bill Tate11-8-0
Brown's Gym A.A., Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Record, Boston Globe, and from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1917-08-03Kid Norfolk28-10-4
Urban Liberty Park, Buffalo, New York, USADNWS1010
Buffalo Boxing Record
1917-06-02Jack Clifford0-0-0
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1917-05-29Bob McAllister12-1-5
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USADNWS1010
Newspaper draw from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid); also Lincoln Daily Star (wire). One wire report from New York had McAllister winning.
1917-02-16Jack Dillon79-3-9
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALPTS2020
There were no knockdowns. Dillon was credited with nine rounds, Smith with only three, while eight rounds were even.
1917-01-31Jack Moran2-3-1
Saint Louis, Missouri, USADPTS1212
1917-01-01Battling Levinsky32-5-6
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USALNWS1010
Levinsky "cleverly outpointed" Smith. (Warren Evening Mirror) Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1916-12-25Tom Cowler35-5-1
Flower City A.C., Rochester, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Rochester Herald. Smith and Cowler did not meet earlier in the month, as was previously shown here.
1916-12-18Frank Moran25-7-2
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Smith won the newspaper decision according to the New York Times. Smith won six of the ten rounds, but was nearly KO'd by Moran in the 5th.
1916-10-10Battling Levinsky30-4-5
Arena (Armory A.A.), Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1212
1916-10-03Joe Cox9-6-1
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1916-09-26Tom Cowler34-5-1
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1916-09-23Jim Coffey33-3-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Public Ledger and the Philadelphia Record were both in favor of Smith.
1916-09-18Cleve Hawkins6-5-2
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO310
Hawkins took a seven-count in round three and then was forced to quit because of a fractured rib.
1916-07-10Tom McMahon16-7-4
Rochester, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Rochester Herald (Paul Zabala).
1916-06-07Arthur Pelkey21-17-1
Phoenix A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USAWPTS88
1916-05-15Battling Levinsky29-4-3
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
The Philadelphia Record called it a draw. The Philadelphia Public Ledger gave Levinsky the edge.
1916-04-28Bob Devere20-4-1
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWNWS1010
referee: Tom Cawley
Smith won the newspaper decision according to the Syracuse Herald (Paul Zabala).
1916-04-07Carl Morris32-3-1
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USALPTS1010
1916-03-30Porky Dan Flynn32-9-7
Manhattan Opera House, New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Flynn won the newspaper decision (Chicago Tribune). Flynn was the winner according to New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid). This was a promotion of the Stadium A.C.
1916-03-14Jack Dillon74-2-9
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USALNWS1010
Dillon won the newspaper decision. (Washington Post) Dillon was the winner according to New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1915-11-29Jim Coffey30-2-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALKO410
time: 1:55
NY Evening World listed Smith as 175lbs.
1915-11-09Joe Cox8-6-1
Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Record.
1915-10-07Colin Bell35-12-2
Sohmer Park, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLPTS1010
In what was one of his best ever efforts, Australia's Bell clearly outpointed the American.Edmonton Bulletin
1915-10-04Al Reich14-2-1
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
New York Times
1915-09-04Sailor Jack Carroll25-9-5
Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1915-08-18Jack Hemple8-4-1
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
New York Times
1915-07-28Tom Cowler32-3-1
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
New York Times
1915-07-01Charley Weinert9-1-0
Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York, USALNWS1010
New York Times, and other New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1915-05-10Dick Gilbert12-15-5
National A.C., Denver, Colorado, USAWNWS1212
"Gunboat Smith had the better of Dick Gilbert in their twelve-round bout which opened the National Athletic Club in Denver." (Range Ledger)
1915-04-20Tom McCarty7-1-2
Arena (Atlas A.A.), Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
1915-04-13Charley Weinert9-1-0
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
New York Times had Weinert the winner, but most other New York City newspapers gave it to Smith (Jack Kincaid).
1915-03-27Jack Reed9-13-0
Irving A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
New York Times
1915-03-16Jack Dillon65-2-7
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USALNWS1010
referee: Harry Stout
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Free Press
1915-02-01Fireman Jim Flynn50-19-15
Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
New York Times
1915-01-27Battling Levinsky22-2-3
Greenwall Theater, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS2020
Reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
1915-01-01Battling Levinsky22-2-2
Auditorium, Waterbury, Connecticut, USADPTS1212
A tall story was circulated, told years later by Levinsky's manager, Dan Morgan, to the effect that Levinsky had three fights on this date. However, despite much effort, only the fight was Smith has been found. The story seems to have been an invention of Morgan's.
1914-12-28Chick Carsey0-2-0
Long Acre A.C., New York, New York, USAWTKO310
1914-12-23Tom McCarty6-0-2
Manhattan Casino, New York, New York, USAWTKO410
referee: Dan Tone
This was a promotion of the Empire A.C. McCarty elects to slug it out with Smith and is even with the Gunner until the 4th when he catches a booming right on the jaw that puts him down. Instead of taking nine, McCarty scrambles up at 3 and walks into another right that pitches him back on the ropes before hitting the canvas. Again he lurches to his feet only to be met by Smith's left hook and put down again. Before the ref can count he drags himself up by the ropes but is saved by Referee Tone.
1914-12-15Jim Coffey21-1-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1914-10-20Sam Langford90-8-22
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USALKO312
referee: Jack McGuigan
A sweeping right put Smith down in round 1. A left hook put Smith down for seven in the second round, before the knockout at just over 2 minutes in the third. Days later Smith claimed he'd been sick.
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