Jem Smith

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Jem Smith
Smith circa 1885
Weight(s)170 to 212 lb (77 to 96 kg)
Height5 ft 8.5 in (1.740 m)
Nationality English
Born(1863-01-21)21 January 1863
Shoreditch, London, England
Died10 September 1931(1931-09-10) (aged 68)
Willesden, London, England
Boxing record
Total fights14
Wins by KO4

Jem Smith (21 January 1863 – 10 September 1931) was a bare-knuckle prize fighter and Heavyweight Champion of England in the late 19th century and into the early 20th century. In 2010 he was inducted into the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame. [1]


Early career

In 1881 he fought his first bare-knuckle prizefight aged 18 years. In 1889, he won the last internationally recognized bare-knuckle prizefight that was fought in Bruges, Belgium.


Smith fought his first heavyweight title fight in 1884 against Woolf Bendoff in the West End of London, England and won by TKO in the 13th round. He fought Jake Kilrain in 1887, in defence of his heavyweight title. The match lasted 2 hours 16 minutes and after 106 rounds the bout was called a draw due to darkness. [2] In 1891 he fought his last BBBC fight against Ted Pritchard in New Cross, also in London, England and lost by a TKO in the 3rd round.

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