Virgil Akins vs. Charley (Tombstone) Smith

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1958-08-20 : Virgil Akins 150 lbs beat Charley Tombstone Smith 148 lbs by TKO in round 10 of 10

  • Location: Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA

"Welterweight champion Virgil Akins saved face Wednesday night with a 10th round TKO of Charlie (Tombstone) Smith. Smith opened cuts at the corner of Akins' eyes. By the 10th of the nationally televised show, the champ's face was a crimson mask. The end came suddenly for Smith. Tombstone had a big lead on all official cards as he christened the rusty Akins with long, popping lefts and digging rights. In the 10th round, Akins charged Smith furiously at the bell and pummeled him with rights and lefts. A left hook decked Tombstone for an eight count. He arose fog-bound. Then Akins drove him into a corner. He landed 16 rights and lefts without Tombstone fighting back. Referee Frank Sikora stopped it at 1:18." -Associated Press