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James Smith Record

Total Fights62
Title Wins2
Title Defenses0
Title-Fight KOs1
KO Wins32
KO Losses7
James Smith Record & Stats
Magnolia, North Carolina, U.S.
Apr 3, 1953
Nov 5, 1981
Title Fights
32 (51.6%)
193 cm
208 cm
Ape Index
15 cm
Last Fight
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James Smith's Record
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      What is James Smith's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 17 years and seven months, James Smith fought 62 times with 44 wins, 17 losses, and 1 draw.

      Smith retired from professional boxing with a record of 44-17-1, which included two heavyweight world-title wins. He had a 51.6% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 32 of his total 62 fights being knockout wins, one of which was in a title fight. Smith suffered seven knockout losses in his career, one of which was against Larry Holmes in a heavyweight title fight.

      His last fight was a 8th round TKO defeat to Larry Holmes on June 18, 1999.

      Some of Smith's best fights and notable victories include wins over Tim Witherspoon, Mike Weaver, Frank Bruno, and José Ribalta.

      62Jun 18, 199946Larry HolmesLossTKO8
      61Nov 27, 199845Dave SlaughterWinTKO2
      60Jul 4, 199845Joe BugnerLossRTD1
      59Feb 25, 199844Lynwood JonesWinUD
      58Apr 11, 199643Troy RobertsWinTKO3
      57Aug 22, 199542Eli DixonWinTKO3
      56Mar 25, 199541Bernd FriedrichWinSD
      55Oct 7, 199441Brian NielsenLossTKO5
      54Sep 17, 199441Axel SchulzLossUD
      53Jan 18, 199440Lionel ButlerLossTKO3
      52Dec 3, 199340Lester JacksonWinUD
      51Dec 3, 199340Marshall TillmanWinUD
      50Dec 3, 199340Daniel DăncuțăLossUD
      49Sep 14, 199340Elijah TilleryWinTKO6
      48Aug 7, 199340Andrew StokesWinUD
      47Jun 26, 199340Kevin FordWinTKO9
      46Jun 1, 199340Donnell WingfieldWinTKO2
      45Feb 27, 199339Michael MoorerLossUD
      44Jun 26, 199239Greg PageLossUD
      43Apr 24, 199239Danny WoffordWinTKO8
      42Feb 15, 199238Mark WillsWinUD
      41Dec 13, 199138Andre CrowderWinKO1
      40Nov 4, 199138Levi BillupsLossUD
      39Sep 24, 199138Marshall TillmanWinTKO10
      38Sep 17, 199138Jeff SimsWinKO1
      37Aug 6, 199138Everett MartinWinTKO8
      36Jul 22, 199138Kimmuel OdumWinTKO3
      35Jun 28, 199138Terry ArmstrongWinKO2
      34Apr 28, 199138Lawrence CarterWinTKO1
      33Apr 4, 199037Mike WeaverWin *UD
      32Feb 20, 199036Manoel de AlmeidaWinRTD6
      31Dec 14, 198936Mike RouseWinKO7
      30Oct 21, 198936Jesse McGheeWinTKO2
      29Sep 29, 198936Calvin JonesWinTKO8
      28Jul 2, 198936Donovan RuddockLossKO7
      27Jul 30, 198835Mike RouseDrawTD
      26Aug 9, 198734Adílson RodriguesLossSD
      25Mar 7, 198733Mike TysonLoss *UD
      24Dec 12, 198633Tim WitherspoonWin *KO1
      23Aug 23, 198633David BeyWinUD
      22Jun 7, 198633Jesse FergusonWinMD
      21Apr 5, 198633Mike WeaverWinTKO1
      20Feb 23, 198632Marvis FrazierLossUD
      19Jun 15, 198532Tim WitherspoonLossUD
      18Apr 29, 198532José RibaltaWinSD
      17Mar 15, 198531Tony TubbsLossUD
      16Nov 9, 198431Larry HolmesLoss *TKO12
      15May 13, 198431Frank BrunoWinKO10
      14Feb 19, 198430Rahim MuhammadWinTKO5
      13Nov 4, 198330Leroy BooneWinTKO4
      12Aug 23, 198330Walter SantemoreWinTKO4
      11Jun 14, 198330Eugene CatoWinKO4
      10May 10, 198330Lynwood JonesWinTKO2
      9Apr 23, 198330Lee CohenWinKO1
      8Apr 2, 198329Nate RobinsonWinTKO2
      7Dec 14, 198229Larry GivensWinTKO3
      6Oct 16, 198229Lonnie ChapmanWinKO2
      5Sep 11, 198229Chris McDonaldWinMD
      4Jul 31, 198229Louis AlexanderWinKO2
      3Apr 22, 198229Mike CohenWinKO2
      2Jan 30, 198228Ricky ParkeyWinPTS
      1Nov 5, 198128James BroadLossKO4

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      James Smith (Bonecrusher) is a 70-year old retired American professional boxer. He was born in Magnolia, North Carolina, U.S. on April 3, 1953. He is a former heavyweight world champion. His professional boxing career spanned more than 17 years — from 1981 to 1999.

      Smith made his professional boxing debut against James Broad at the age of 28 on November 5, 1981, losing to Broad via 4th round KO. He went on to win 14 consecutive fights after this loss, which included 12 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 31 on November 9, 1984 after 15 professional fights, against Larry Holmes for the IBF title. He lost to Holmes via 12th round TKO.

      Smith has won two world titles at heavyweight. For all the details about Smith's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Smith had a total of 17 losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title rematch against fellow American boxer Larry Holmes on June 18, 1999. Smith lost the fight via 8th round TKO. It's been 24 years, 8 months, and 14 days since this fight.


      Smith had a total of four world-title fights, which includes winning two world titles and zero successful title defenses. He won two of these fights and lost two.

      Title Wins

      James Smith fought for heavyweight world titles in four fights and won two of these fights, winning one of them via way of stoppage. In total, he won two heavyweight belts.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Apr 4, 1990Mike WeaverHeavyweightWBAUD
      Dec 12, 1986Tim WitherspoonHeavyweightWBAKO

      Title Losses

      James Smith lost one world-title defense fight, and lost one title in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Mar 7, 1987Mike TysonHeavyweightWBAUD


      Smith fought a total of 62 times during his professional career, which includes 4 world-title fights at the heavyweight division. These four fights are the highlight of his career.

      • November 9, 1984: In his first world-title fight, James Smith loses to Larry Holmes via 12th round TKO. He was fighting for the IBF heavyweight title.

      • April 5, 1986: James Smith beats Mike Weaver via 1st round TKO.

      • December 12, 1986: Smith wins the WBA heavyweight title from Tim Witherspoon, by beating Witherspoon via 1st round KO.

      • April 4, 1990: Smith wins the WBA heavyweight title from Mike Weaver, by beating Weaver via 12 round unanimous decision.


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