Frank Smithers

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Promoter

According to reports in the Yakima Herald in 1932, Smithers was a Seattle based promoter, who supplied opponents for Yakima shows from the Puget Sound. This was noted after a pair of Smithers' fighters, failed to show for a card in Yakima which was canceled.

In 1933 Smithers (of Yakima, WA, USA) affiliated with Lonnie Austin of Seattle and Ed Bremer of Bremerton, and began staging fights at the Seattle Civic Auditorium on Fridays. The big selling feature of the Austin-Bremer-Smithers fights was that they were cheaper than the fights promoted by Seattle's Nate Druxman at the Crystal Pool on Tuesdays. However, Seattle wasn't big enough to support two fight cards a week, and eventually Druxman won the promotional war. The Austin-Bremer-Smithers partnership was soon dissolved.


From BOXING: HAROLD HOSHINO, THE JAPANESE SANDMAN, by Joseph R. Svinth.