Mysterious Billy Smith

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Mysterious Billy Smith
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Real nameWilliam Amos Smith
Nickname(s)"Mysterious Billy" Smith
Weight(s) Welterweight
Height5 ft 8+12 in (174 cm)
Nationality Canadian
Born(1871-05-15)May 15, 1871
Little River, Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada
DiedOctober 14, 1937(1937-10-14) (aged 66)
Portland, Oregon, US
Boxing record
Total fights88
Wins35
Wins by KO24
Losses22
Draws26
No contests5

William Amos Smith (May 15, 1871 October 15, 1937) (Aka "Mysterious Billy" Smith) was a Canadian born, two-time world welterweight boxing champion of the world: first at age 21 in 1892, then again in 1898 at the age of 27. He became famous world-wide for his boxing success and also became infamous due to his associations and involvement with criminal activities in Portland Oregon in the early 1900s. He was later described as the "Dirtiest fighter of all Time". [1] Smith died at the age of 66 on October 15, 1937 and was buried at Multnomah Park Cemetery in Portland Oregon. [2] He was posthumously inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the class of 2009. [3]

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Biography

William Amos Smith was born in Little River, Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada, on May 15, 1871 to Robert James Smith (1831 -1895) and Adelia Dakin (1838-1902). William was the sixth and last child born to this family. His father was a fisherman who was born in the USA. William had three older brothers; Nelson Wentworth Smith, St Clair Smith and Thomas Dakin Smith; and two sisters Elizabeth and Adelaide Smith.

William was first documented at age 10 on the 1881 Canadian census in Lepreau, New Brunswick, Canada with his entire family. He was listed by his middle name of Amos and listed as being born in Nova Scotia. [4]

William's older brother, Thomas Dakin Smith, moved from the East Coast to the state of Oregon in late 1887. Thomas married Mary Elizabeth Beech in 1888 in Benton County Oregon. Thomas then moved to Portland Oregon and was listed in an 1894 city directory, [5] and again in the 1900 census. [6] In both references Thomas was employed as a buggy washer. By moving to Portland, Thomas created a familial anchor base that his younger brother William would use when he pursued his boxing career from Canada to San Francisco to Portland Oregon.

Meanwhile, back in Canada, 19 year old, William found early success in boxing. Amos William Smith fought Ed Harvey to a draw on December 1, 1890 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. [7] [8] His manager at this time was his 2nd eldest brother St. Claire Smith. William also beat Frank Tebeau by TK in 5 rounds. [9] (Need another citation for date)

San Francisco, California

In early 1891 (age 19), William Amos Smith traveled from the East Coast (Canada/USA) to San Francisco, California to pursue his boxing career.

In 1891, William Amos Smith fought and beat a man named Breslin. (need citation).

He boxed at the following venues in San Francisco from January 20, 1892 to March 21, 1892:

 California Athletic Club - San Francisco  Wigwam Theatre - San Francisco  Occidental Athletic Club - San Francisco

William fought two exhibitions matches against older established boxers.

His first fight was against John Edward Kelly, aka Jack Dempsey, aka Nonpareil Dempsey, [10] who was 9 years older than William Amos Smith and who was a weight class above William. Dempsey was the first holder of the World Middleweight Championship from 1884–1891.

William then fought an exhibition match against the Australian boxer called Billy "Shadow" Maber. [11] . [12] . [13]

Exhibition matches sold tickets, which in turn, provided money for all involved. These matches were marketed to create excitement and show a young up and coming boxer, William Amos Smith, was able to challenge established aging boxers.

On January 1, 1892, William Amos Smith (age 20), beat Billy Kelly on points at the California Athletic Club. [14]

On January 27, 1892, He lost to Frank Purcell on points at the California Athletic Club, San Francisco. [15]

On February 16, 1892, he beat Frank Kelley by KO at the Wigwam Theatre. [16]

On March 21, 1892, he beat Billy Armstrong by KO at the Occidental Athletic Club, San Francisco. [17]

Portland Oregon

In 1892, William was 20 years old. His older brother, Thomas Dakin Smith age 23, had previously moved from Canada to Portland Oregon, and was living here since 1887.

On February 27, 1892, the Sacramento newspaper, "The Record-Union" listed welterweight boxers in San Francisco including "Billy Smith" of Australia, "Billy Smith" of Boston and George Lavigaine (sic: Lavigne) [18] .

On April 9, 1892, William traveled by steamship from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon with another boxer named George "Kid" Lavigne.

Kid Lavigne was 3 years older than William and fought in the lightweight division. Lavigne and Smith became friends and both would later travel to London in 1896 to box.

On April 28, 1892, William fought Tommy West to a draw at the Portland Oregon Pastime Athletic Club. [19]

On June 29, 1892, William beat Charles Gleason by TKO at the Portland Oregon Pastime Athletic Club. Charles Gleason was an established boxer with a record of 20 wins, 9 losses and 6 draws. [20]

First Marriage

On July 12, 1892, at age 21, William Amos Smith married Minnie Valentine Merchant. She was a 17 year old Presbyterian daughter of Sarah Elizabeth Merchant and Joseph Milton Merchant. Joseph Merchant was a carpenter and builder by trade. They all lived in East Portland, Oregon, yet, William and Minnie went North to Clarke County, Washington in order to get married. Minnie's mother, Sarah Elizabeth Merchant was listed on the marriage license. [21]

Gets Fame and Nickname "Mysterious" Billy Smith

On September 20, 1892, William beat Billy (Shadow) Maber by KO at the Pastime Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon. [22] .

On December 14, 1892, the San Francisco newspaper, The Morning Call, published and previewed and upcoming fight between Billy Smith of Oregon and Danny Needham of Oakland. This story was likely written the day before or on the morning on December 14. [23] . According to the article, the fight was to be held at the Pacific Club.

William "Billy" Smith won the fight vs Danny Needham.

He just won the World Welterweight Boxing Title in San Francisco. Smith claimed he was from Boston. East Coast reporters didn't know him as boxer in their area. To them he was a "Mystery" The name stuck and William Amos Smith adopted it. From that time forward, William Amos Smith was known in newspapers as "Mysterious" Billy Smith, "Mysterious Billy" Smith, Billy Smith, and William Amos Smith. He is not to be confused with another boxer around this time named "Australian Billy Smith".

On May 11, 1893, his 18 year old wife, Minnie V Merchant-Smith, died of food or blood poisoning in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. [24] William took her body back to Portland Oregon and she was interred in River View Cemetery. Her grave monument is huge with an Angel on top of a pedestal. Minnie was buried in the same family plot along with her mother, Sarah Elizabeth Merchant, and father Joseph Milton Merchant. [25]

Loses the World Welterweight boxing title

On July 26, 1894 William, age 23, Lost the World Welterweight boxing title to Tommy Ryan at the Twin City Athletic Club in Minneapolis, MN by points. [26]

Boxes in London, England

At age 24, William, aka "Mysterious" Billy Smith traveled to London to fight welterweight boxers that London had to offer. Joining him was his friend George "Kid" Lavigne a lightweight boxer also out of Portland Oregon.

On March 5, 1896, William fought three boxers on the same day and beat them all: Trooper Ham, Jack Bryan and Arthur Morris at Tottenham Court at Road Store Street Hall. He won two by KO and won the 3rd by a DQ from Arthur Morris. [27]

On March 30, 1896, William "Billy" fought Bill Husbands at the National Sporting Club, Covent Garden. Billy won by TKO. [28]

The William Schutte boxing pamphlet [29] has a front page photo of William in a dark suit with a tall stove-type that was taken at this time. A descendant of William Amos Smith has an original photo.

Second Marriage

On July, 9 1898 William married Mary "Maime" Cavanagh in College Point, Queens, New York, USA. He was age 27 and she was age 22. She was a daughter of David Cavanagh and Ann Kennedy.

On Aug 25, 1898 William (age 27) Won the World Welterweight boxing title for the second time vs William 'Matty' Matthews at the Lennox Athletic Club in New York and won by points. [30] [31]

On June 6, 1900, William (age 29) and Mary were listed on the 1900 Census. William was listed as an actor [32]

On January 15, 1901 William Lost the World Welterweight boxing title for the second time vs James "Rube" Ferns at the Hawthorne A.C., Buffalo, New York. Smith knock-downed Ferns 15 times before he was disqualified for fouling.

On November 30, 1901, Mysterious Billy Smith was back in Portland Oregon. He and (future in-law) Charles Jost boxed the same night on different bouts. [33]

Charles Albert Jost aka "Charley Jost/Yost", boxed under the alias as "Young Fritz" [34]

On October 25, 1902 Charles Jost won the Eastern Oregon boxing middleweight championship against James Lavigne. [35]

Charles Jost later married Elsie Hoffstatter in 1908, the younger sister of Josephine Barde (nee Hoffstatter) and became an in-law to Billy Smith.

"Maime" Cavanaugh-Smith divorced William Smith on June 7, 1907. The next day, her famous ex-husband then married Josephine Hoffstatter-Barde in Oregon City.

Third Marriage

Criminal Activities

Boxing

Portrait of Smith Smith Mysterious Billy2.jpg
Portrait of Smith

Smith turned pro in 1890 and in his ninth fight, he knocked out Danny Needham to win the World welterweight championship in 1892. [36] He held on to it until Tommy Ryan beat him on points in 1894. [36] He won back the vacant title in 1898 by beating Matty Matthews, and lost it again in 1900 to Rube Ferns. [36] Smith bowed out in 1915 when stopped by Jack Root. During his career, Smith scored wins over Young Peter Jackson, Hall of Famers “Barbados” Joe Walcott and George “Kid” Lavigne.

Smith died at the age of 66 in Portland, Oregon, where he ran a saloon called “The Champion's Rest.”

He was posthumously inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009.

Fighting style

Standing 5' 8 ½”, Smith was a talented two-fisted battler with quick hands who entered the ring ready to wage war. He often displayed a blatant disregard for the rules, resorting to a variety of foul tactics including but not limited to elbows, butts, knees and sometimes even biting. Smith was notorious for having a very roughhouse fighting style in the ring and was disqualified 13 times, more than any other boxer in history. His tactics earned him the label as “The Dirtiest Fighter Who Ever Lived.”

Smith turned pro in 1890 and in his ninth fight, he knocked out Danny Needham to win the World welterweight championship in 1892. [36] He held on to it until Tommy Ryan beat him on points in 1894. [36] He won back the vacant title in 1898 by beating Matty Matthews, and lost it again in 1900 to Rube Ferns. [36] Smith bowed out in 1915 when stopped by Jack Root. During his career, Smith scored wins over Young Peter Jackson, Hall of Famers “Barbados” Joe Walcott and George “Kid” Lavigne.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
94 fights35 wins22 losses
By knockout248
By decision102
By disqualification112
Draws26
No contests5
Newspaper decisions/draws 6

All Newspaper decisions are regarded as “no decision” bouts as they have “resulted in neither boxer winning or losing, and would therefore not count as part of their official fight record."

No.Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
94 Loss 35–22–26 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Root TKO 6 (6) Dec 29, 1915 Flag of the United States.svg Rose City A.C., Portland, Oregon, U.S.
93 Loss 35–21–26 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Jim Cameron DQ 3 (4) Jul 21, 1911 Flag of the United States.svg Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, U.S.Smith was disqualified for wrestling and holding
92 Win 35–20–26 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Al Neill PTS 10 Jun 10, 1910 Flag of the United States.svg Exposition Rink, Saint Johns, Oregon, U.S.
91 Loss 34–20–26 (11) Flag of Barbados.svg Barbados Joe Walcott TKO 4 (20) May 28, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Exposition Building, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
90 Loss 34–19–26 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Ryan KO 4 (20) Mar 14, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Turner Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
89 Loss 34–18–26 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Al Neill DQ 10 (20) Jan 23, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Pastime A.C., Portland, Oregon, U.S.Smith kicked Neill, then bit him on the shoulder
88 Draw 34–17–26 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Al Neill PTS 20 Nov 29, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Exposition Building, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
87 Draw 34–17–25 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Tom Tracey PTS 20 Oct 25, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Exposition Building, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
86 Draw 34–17–24 (11) Flag of the United States.svg George Byers PTS 15 Aug 19, 1901 Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Victoria Rink, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
85 Loss 34–17–23 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Young Peter Jackson TKO 2 (?) Jun 14, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
84 Draw 34–16–23 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Tim Hurley PTS 20 Mar 21, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Opera House, New London, Connecticut, U.S.
83 Draw 34–16–22 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Owen Ziegler PTS 10 (20) Feb 12, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Lake City A.C., Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.The bout was stopped in 10th by deputy sheriff, and called a draw
82 NC 34–16–21 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Mahoney NC 11 (?) Dec 27, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
81 Draw 34–16–21 (10) Flag of Ireland.svg Professor Mike Donovan PTS 20 Nov 22, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Metropolitan A.C., Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
80 Loss 34–16–20 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Jim Judge DQ 11 (?) Nov 14, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
79 Loss 34–15–20 (10) Flag of Barbados.svg Barbados Joe Walcott DQ 10 (20) Sep 24, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
78 Win 34–14–20 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Young Peter Jackson TKO 18 (?) Sep 11, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.Police intervened to save Jackson from further punishment
77 Loss 33–14–20 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Handler PTS 25 Jun 29, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
76 Loss 33–13–20 (10) Flag of Barbados.svg Barbados Joe Walcott PTS 25 May 4, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
75 Loss 33–12–20 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Matty Matthews KO 19 (25) Apr 17, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.Lost world welterweight title
74 Draw 33–11–20 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Mahoney PTS 25 Mar 12, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Hercules A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained world welterweight title
73 Win 33–11–19 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Frank McConnell DQ 21 (25) Jan 26, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained world welterweight title
72 Loss 32–11–19 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Rube Ferns DQ 21 (25) Jan 15, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Hawthorne A.C., Buffalo, New York, U.S.World welterweight title;
Smith knocked Ferns down 15 times before fouling him. Both men claimed the championship afterwards
71 Win 32–10–19 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Charlie McKeever PTS 20 Nov 8, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained world welterweight title
70 Loss 31–10–19 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Charlie McKeever NWS 6 Oct 20, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
69 Draw 31–10–19 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Stift PTS 6 Sep 29, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Star Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
68 Win 31–10–18 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Bob Douglass KO 4 (20) Sep 25, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
67 Draw 30–10–18 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Andy Walsh PTS 25 Aug 4, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
66 Win 30–10–17 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Young Bailey NWS 4 (?) Jul 31, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
65 Draw 30–10–17 (8) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Mahoney NWS 6 Jul 28, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
64 Draw 30–10–17 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Charlie McKeever PTS 20 Jun 30, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
63 Win 30–10–16 (7) Flag of the United States.svg George Lavigne KO 14 (20) Mar 10, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.Retained world welterweight title;
Won vacant American welterweight title
62 Win 29–10–16 (7) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australian Billy Edwards KO 14 (20) Jan 24, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Lenox A.C., Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
61 Win 28–10–16 (7) Flag of Barbados.svg Barbados Joe Walcott PTS 20 Dec 6, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Lenox A.C., Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained world welterweight title
60 Draw 27–10–16 (7) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tommy West PTS 20 Nov 14, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Horizon A.C., Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
59 Win 27–10–15 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Charlie McKeever PTS 25 Oct 7, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Lenox A.C., Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained world welterweight title
58 Win 26–10–15 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Jim Judge KO 20 (20) Oct 3, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg American S.C., Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
57 Draw 25–10–15 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Andy Walsh PTS 25 Sep 5, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greater New York A.C., Coney Island, New York, U.S.
56 Win 25–10–14 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Matty Matthews PTS 25 Aug 25, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Lenox A.C., Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.Won vacant world welterweight title
55 Win 24–10–14 (7) Flag of the United States.svg George "Young Corbett" Green PTS 25 Jul 29, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Lenox A.C., Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
54 Draw 23–10–14 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Andy Walsh PTS 15 Jun 25, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greater New York A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
53 Loss 23–10–13 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Stift DQ 5 (6) Jun 3, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
52 Draw 23–9–13 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Charley Johnson PTS 15 May 23, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic A.C., Athens, Pennsylvania, U.S.
51 Loss 23–9–12 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Tim Callahan NWS 6 Apr 22, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Arena A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
50 Draw 23–9–12 (6) Flag of Barbados.svg Barbados Joe Walcott PTS 25 Apr 14, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Park City Theater, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
49 Draw 23–9–11 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Abe Ullman PTS 8 Feb 18, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
48 Loss 23–9–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Charley Johnson DQ 1 (?) Jan 28, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Arena A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
47 Win 23–8–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Gorman DQ 5 (?) Dec 13, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Park City Theater, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.Gorman was disqualified for wrestling
46 Win 22–8–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Mulligan TKO 2 (?) Dec 6, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Yonkers, New York, U.S.
45 Loss 21–8–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Bonner NWS 6 Oct 11, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
44 Win 21–8–10 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Howard TKO 9 (?) Sep 17, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Clarendon A.C., Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
43 Win 20–8–10 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Mike Dempsey TKO 2 (10) Sep 6, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenpoint S.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
42 Draw 19–8–10 (5) Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Jack Powers PTS 8 Aug 23, 1897 Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
41 Loss 19–8–9 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Bonner KO 5 (6) Jun 8, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic A.C., Athens, Pennsylvania, U.S.
40 Win 19–7–9 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Abe Ullman PTS 20 May 29, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Polo A.C., Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
39 Loss 18–7–9 (5) Flag of the United States.svg George "Young Corbett" Green TKO 12 (?) Mar 17, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg The Race Track Arena, Carson City, Nevada, U.S.For vacant world welterweight title claim
38 Draw 18–6–9 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Con Doyle PTS 12 Jan 9, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Polo A.C., Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
37 Loss 18–6–8 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Ryan DQ 9 (20) Nov 25, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Empire A.C., Maspeth, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
36 Loss 18–5–8 (5) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australian Jim Ryan DQ 7 (10) Sep 4, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Astoria, Oregon, U.S.Ryan lost his footing and went down and Smith landed a blow while he was down
35 NC18–4–8 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Gallagher NC 1 (10) Jul 2, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Occidental A.C., San Francisco, California, U.S.Police stopped the fight when it got too wild
34 Loss 18–4–8 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Charles Kid McCoy DQ 6 (15) May 18, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Newton Street Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
33 Win 18–3–8 (4) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Husbands TKO 8 (8) Mar 30, 1896 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England, U.K.
32 Win 17–3–8 (4) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Trooper Ham KO 1 (3) Mar 5, 1896 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Store Street Hall, Tottenham Court Road, Westminster, London, England, U.K.
31 Win 16–3–8 (4) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Bryan KO 1 (3) Mar 5, 1896 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Store Street Hall, Tottenham Court Road, Westminster, London, England, U.K.
30 Win 15–3–8 (4) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Arthur Morris DQ 1 (?) Mar 5, 1896 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Store Street Hall, Tottenham Court Road, Westminster, London, England, U.K.
29 Win 14–3–8 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Pat Kehoe TKO 1 (?) Jan 15, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
28 ND 13–3–8 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Tom Cawley ND 6 Dec 27, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Alhambra, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
27 Draw 13–3–8 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Ryan PTS 18 (25) May 27, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Sea Side A.C., Coney Island, New York, U.S.For world welterweight title;
Stopped when the police intervened, with Smith hanging helpless on the ropes
26 ND 13–3–7 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Mann ND 4 Apr 1, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
25 Win 13–3–7 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Ed Vaughn TKO 4 (4) Mar 14, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Front Street Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
24 Win 12–3–7 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Young Hagen TKO 4 (?) Mar 5, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
23 Draw 11–3–7 (2) Flag of Barbados.svg Barbados Joe Walcott PTS 15 Mar 1, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Reported for the 140lbs Championship of America
22 ND11–3–6 (2) Flag of Ireland.svg Peter Maher ND 3 Feb 13, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Lynn, Massachusetts, U.S.
21 Win 11–3–6 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Gallagher NWS 4 Feb 1, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Caledonian A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
20 Draw 11–3–6 Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Jack Powers PTS 6 Nov 19, 1894 Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
19 Draw 11–3–5 Flag of the United States.svg Dick O'Brien PTS 10 Oct 29, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Lafayette A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
18 Loss 11–3–4 Flag of the United States.svg Mayo KO ? (?) Aug 17, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Pentwater, Michigan, U.S.
17 Loss 11–2–4 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Ryan PTS 20 Jul 26, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Twin City A.C., Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.Lost world welterweight title;
For world welterweight title claim
16 Win 11–1–4 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Butler TKO 2 (?) May 15, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Spring Valley, Illinois, U.S.
15 Win 10–1–4 Flag of the United States.svg Fletcher Robbins TKO 4 (?) Feb 19, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Streator, California, U.S.The police stopped the fight
14 Draw 9–1–4 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Ryan PTS 6 Jan 9, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Casino, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
13 Win 9–1–3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Billy McCarthy PTS 6 Sep 20, 1893 Flag of the United States.svg 2nd Regiment Armory, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
12 Draw 8–1–3 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Ryan PTS 6 Apr 29, 1893 Flag of the United States.svg Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
11 Win 8–1–2 Flag of the United States.svg Tom Williams KO 2 (?) Apr 17, 1893 Flag of the United States.svg Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained world welterweight title
10 Win 7–1–2 Flag of the United States.svg Danny Needham KO 14 (?) Dec 14, 1892 Flag of the United States.svg Wigwam Theatre, San Francisco, California, U.S.Won vacant world welterweight title
9 Win 6–1–2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Billy (Shadow) Maber KO 26 (?) Sep 20, 1892 Flag of the United States.svg Pastime A.C., Portland, Oregon, U.S.
8 Win 5–1–2 Flag of the United States.svg Charles Gleason TKO 4 (20) Jun 29, 1892 Flag of the United States.svg Pastime A.C., Portland, Oregon, U.S.
7 Draw 4–1–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tommy West PTS 10 Apr 28, 1892 Flag of the United States.svg Pastime A.C., Portland, Oregon, U.S.
6 Win 4–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Billy Armstrong KO 14 (?) Mar 21, 1892 Flag of the United States.svg Occidental A.C., San Francisco, California, U.S.
5 Win 3–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Frank Kelly KO 37 (?) Feb 16, 1892 Flag of the United States.svg New Wigwam, San Francisco, California, U.S.A finish fight
4 Loss 2–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Frank Purcell PTS 10 Jan 27, 1892 Flag of the United States.svg California A.C., San Francisco, California, U.S.
3 Win 2–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Billy Kelly PTS 5 (4) Jan 20, 1892 Flag of the United States.svg California A.C., San Francisco, California, U.S.The fight was even after four scheduled rounds so another was ordered
2 Win 1–0–1 Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Frank Tebeau TKO 5 (?) Feb 2, 1891 Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg CanadaExact date and location unknown
1 Draw 0–0–1 Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Ed Harvey PTS 10 Dec 1, 1890 Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg Saint John, New Brunswick, CanadaExact date unknown

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Paddy Duffy
World Welterweight Champion
December 14, 1892 – July 26, 1894
Succeeded by
Tommy Ryan
Vacant
Title last held by
Tommy Ryan
World Welterweight Champion
August 25, 1898 – April 17, 1900
Succeeded by
Matty Matthews