Mysterious Billy Smith

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Mysterious Billy Smith
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Statistics
Real name Amos Smith
Weight(s) Welterweight
Height 5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)
Nationality Canadian Canada
Born (1871-05-15)May 15, 1871
Little River, Digby County, Nova Scotia
Died October 14, 1937(1937-10-14) (aged 66)
Portland, Oregon
Boxing record
Total fights 91
Wins 34
Wins by KO 22
Losses 25
Draws 27
No contests 5

Amos M. Smith (May 15, 1871 – October 15, 1937), known during his career as Mysterious Billy Smith, was a Canadian boxer. He adopted the name “Billy” before turning professional in 1890. He acquired his nickname when a newspaper reporter questioned, “Who is this mysterious Billy Smith?”

Biography[edit]

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.[1] He held on to it until Tommy Ryan beat him on points in 1902.[1] He won back the vacant title in 1898 by beating Matty Matthews, and lost it again in 1900 to Rube Ferns.[1] 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[edit]

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.”

Professional boxing record[edit]

32 Wins (22 Knockouts), 22 Defeats (8 Knockouts), 26 Draws , 5 No Contests[2]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 32-22-26 United States Jack Root TKO 6 (6) 1915-12-29 United States Rose City A.C, Portland, Oregon
Loss 32-21-26 United States Jim Cameron DQ 3 (4) 1911-07-21 United States Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California
Win 32-20-26 United States Al Neill PTS 10 1910-06-10 United States Exposition Rink, Portland, Oregon
Loss 31-20-26 Barbados Barbados Joe Walcott TKO 4 (20) 1903-05-28 United States Columbia A.C, Portland, Oregon
Loss 31-19-26 Canada Tommy Ryan KO 4 (10), 1:35 1902-03-14 United States Turner Hall, Kansas City, Missouri
Loss 31-18-26 United States Al Neill DQ 10 (20) 1902-01-23 United States Pastime A.C, Portland, Oregon
Draw 31-17-26 United States Al Neill PTS 20 1901-11-29 United States Exposition Building, Portland, Oregon
Draw 31-17-25 Australia Tom Tracey PTS 20 1901-10-25 United States Exposition Building, Portland, Oregon
Draw 31-17-24 United States George Byers PTS 15 1901-08-19 Canada Exposition Building, Saint John, New Brunswick
Loss 31-17-23 United States Young Peter Jackson TKO 2 1901-06-14 United StatesGermania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland
Draw 31-16-23 United States Tim Hurley PTS 20 1901-03-21 United States Opera House, New London, Connecticut
Draw 31-16-22 United States Owen Ziegler PTS 10 (20) 1901-02-12 United States Lake City A.C, Erie, Pennsylvania
NC 31-16-21 United States Jack Mahoney NC 11 1900-12-27 United States Paterson, New Jersey
Draw 31-16-21 Republic of Ireland Mike Donovan PTS 20 1900-11-22 United States Metropolitan A.C., Wheeling, West Virginia
Loss 31-16-20 United States Jim Judge DQ 11 1900-11-14 United States Savannah, Georgia
Loss 31-15-20 Barbados Barbados Joe Walcott DQ 10 (20) 1900-09-24 United States Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut
Win 31-14-20 United States Young Peter Jackson TKO 18 1900-09-11 United States Cleveland, Ohio
Loss 30-14-20 United States Jimmy Handler DQ 15 (25) 1900-06-29 United States Broadway A.C., New York, New York
Loss 30-13-20 Barbados Barbados Joe Walcott PTS 25 1900-05-04 United States Broadway A.C., New York, New York
Loss 30-12-20 United States Matty Matthews KO 19 (25), 0:28 1900-04-17 United States Broadway A.C., New York, New York
Draw 30-11-20 United States Jack Mahoney PTS 25 1900-03-12 United States Hercules A.C., Brooklyn, New York
Win 30-11-19 United States Frank McConnell KO 22 (25) 1900-01-26 United States Broadway A.C., New York, New York
Loss 29-11-19 United States Rube Ferns DQ 21 (25) 1900-01-15 United States Hawthorne A.C., Buffalo, New York Lost World Welterweight Championship
Win 29-10-19 United States Charlie McKeever PTS 20 1899-11-08 United States Broadway A.C., New York, New York
Draw 28-10-19 United States Billy Stift PTS 6 1899-09-29 United States Star Theatre, Chicago, Illinois
Win 28-10-18 United States Bob Douglass KO 4 (20) 1899-09-25 United States Olympic A.C., Denver, Colorado
Draw 27-10-18 United States Andy Walsh PTS 25 1899-08-04 United States Broadway A.C., New York, New York
Draw 27-10-17 United States Charlie McKeever PTS 20 1899-06-30 United States Broadway A.C., New York, New York
Win 27-10-16 United States Kid Lavigne TKO 14 (20) 1899-03-10 United States Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California Retained World Welterweight Championship
Win 26-10-16 Australia Australian Billy Edwards KO 14 (20) 1899-01-24 United States Lenox A.C., New York, New York
Win 25-10-16 Barbados Barbados Joe Walcott PTS 20 1898-12-06 United States Lenox A.C., New York, New York
Draw 24-10-16 United Kingdom Tommy West PTS 20 1898-11-14 United States Horizon A.C., Bridgeport, Connecticut
Win 24-10-15 United States Charlie McKeever PTS 25 1898-10-07 United States Lenox A.C., New York, New York Retained World Welterweight Championship
Win 23-10-15 United States Jim Judge KO 20 (20) 1898-10-03 United States American S.C., Scranton, Pennsylvania
Draw 22-10-15 United States Andy Walsh PTS 25 1898-09-05 United States Greater New York A.C, Coney Island, New York
Win 22-10-14 United States Matty Matthews PTS 25 1898-08-25 United States Lenox A.C., New York, New York Won World Welterweight Championship

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Golesworthy, Maurice (1988) Encyclopaedia of Boxing, Robert Hale, ISBN 0-7090-3323-0, p. 224
  2. ^ Mysterious Billy Smith's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-09-29.
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