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James J Corbett beat Frank Smith 200 lbs by DQ in round 3

  • Date: 1886-07-03
  • Location: Pavilion, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • James J. Corbett, young and desperate for money, traveled to Salt Lake City and took a fight against the Champion of the town, Frank Smith. Corbett faked his name as James Dillon and even "Gentleman Jim" himself didn't believe he had a chance in the bout because he was out of shape and lacked proper training going into the bout. The night came and Corbett was escorted to an extremely nervous Smith. Extremely nervous because Smith believed Corbett was Charlie Mitchell, possibly the best fighter of that time. Smith wanted to postpone the bout but Jim made a deal that he would go light on Smith and asked Smith to throw in the towel at the conclusion of round two because Corbett himself knew he was incapable of going more than two rounds. The fight went as planned for Corbett when Smith quit after two rounds.

    Source: "The Roar of the Crowd" by James J Corbett