Jeff Smith (Globe Trotter)
BORN: 4/23/1891-New York
REAL NAME: Jerome Jefferds
HEIGHT: 5 ft. 10" : WEIGHT: 158 lbs.
MANAGER: Al Lippe
Jeff Smith fought many of the great Hall of Famers during his time such as Gene Tunney, Harry Greb, Tommy Loughran, Georges Carpentier, Les Darcy, and Mike Gibbons. Jeff would also travel to other countries to fight. He spent the end of 1912 and all of 1913 in Paris fighting, 8 bouts total. When in Paris he fought Frank Mantell to a 20 round Draw, and also fought Georges Carpentier for a 20 round decision. Jeff even spent all of 1914 and most of 1915 in Australia, 9 bouts total.
The fights that stick out are Jeff's two draws with Harry Greb, not an easy thing to do. Jeff Smith and Harry Greb fought 7 times total. Harry won 5 of them. Jeff boxed the first draw on May 20, 1921. The referee made the call. The second draw was a no-decision bout, but the newspapers said it was a draw. That fight took place on Feb 20, 1922.
The other fights that stick out are Jeff's two matches with the legendary Australian Les Darcy. Both fights took place in 1915 when Jeff was fighting in Sydney, Australia. The first fight, Jan 23, was awarded to Jeff Smith as a win when Darcy refused to continue, claiming a foul. Jeff won the Australian World Middleweight Title that day by disqualification. The two of them met again 4 months later and the outcome was Jeff losing on a foul in the second. Darcey was awarded the victory when Smith punched him in the groin. Jeff was one of only 4 men that beat Darcy in his entire 50 bout career.
RING RECORD: 99 wins - 10 losses - 65 ND's -3 draw - (178 total bouts)
Apr 11 1912 Mike Gibbons N.Y.C. ND 10 Feb 19 1913 Frank Mantell Paris Draw 20 Oct 11 1913 Georges Carpentier Paris L 20 unknown 1914 Eddie McGoorty unknown W 20 unknown 1915 George Chip unknown W 7 (foul) Jan 23 1915 Les Darcy Sydney KO 5 May 23 1915 Les Darcy Sydney LF 2 Mar 16 1916 Mike Gibbons St. Paul ND 10 unknown 1916 Zulu Kid unknown ND 10 Jan 1 1917 Frank Mantell Baltimore W 15 May 19 1917 Harry Greb Buffalo ND 10 unknown 1917 Mike McTigue unknown ND 10 Sep 11 1917 Harry Greb Milwaukee ND 10 July 4 1919 Mike Gibbons KansasCity ND 10 Sep 1 1919 Harry Greb Ohio ND 12 Aug 10 1920 Mike McTigue Halifax W 15 Feb 25 1921 Harry Greb Boston L 10 May 20 1921 Harry Greb NewOrleans Draw 15 unknown 1922 Bob Moha unknown KO 6 Feb 20 1922 Harry Greb Cinncinati ND 10 unknown 1922 Clay Turner unknown KO 2 Dec 25 1922 Harry Greb Pittsburgh ND 10 unknown 1923 Chuck Wiggins unknown W 15 Mar 8 1923 Tommy Loughran Scranton ND 10 unknown 1923 Fay Keiser unknown ND 12 Jun 18 1923 Tommy Loughran Philadphia ND 8 unknown 1923 Capt. Bob Roper unknown W 12 Sep 11 1924 Young Marullo NewOrl. W 15 Oct 27 1914 Happy Howard NewOrl. W 15 Dec 8 1924 Gene Tunney NewOrleans ND 15 IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON JEFF SMITH PLEASE E-MAIL ME www.harrygreb.com