James Smith's professional boxing career spanned over 17 years, from 1981 to 1999, with a total of 62 fights. He had a record of 44 wins, 17 losses, one draw, and zero no-contests. Out of his 44 wins, 32 of them were via knockout (KO) with two world title wins.
Smith made his professional debut at the age of 28 on November 5, 1981, fighting against James Broad, losing via 4th round KO. After his loss, he went on to win 14 consecutive fights, including 12 wins by stoppage, which demonstrated his impressive resilience and fighting spirit.
Three years later, at the age of 31, Smith had his first world title fight against Larry Holmes for the IBF title on November 9, 1984, after 15 professional fights, but lost to Holmes during the 12th round via technical knockout (TKO).
Despite this setback, Smith didn't give up, and on April 5, 1986, he beat Mike Weaver via first-round TKO, which showed he was still a contender in the heavyweight division.
December 12, 1986, marked another significant milestone in Smith's career when he won the WBA heavyweight title from Tim Witherspoon. Smith beat Witherspoon via first-round KO, a dominant performance that solidified his position in the boxing world as a heavyweight champion.
Smith's career indeed had its ups and downs; he faced defeats but also achieved some impressive victories. April 4, 1990, was another noteworthy moment in his career when he won the WBA heavyweight title from Mike Weaver, beating Weaver via unanimous decision during the 12th round.
While Smith's career was full of accomplishments, it also had its share of disappointments. He had a total of 17 losses in his professional boxing career, including two of them in title bouts and 15 in non-title bouts. It's worth mentioning that he suffered his first loss in his professional debut against James Broad via 4th round KO. He also lost 10 times through decisions and seven times via KO.
Smith's last professional fight was a non-title rematch against Larry Holmes on June 18, 1999. Unfortunately, he lost the fight via 8th round TKO. This final defeat marked the end of an incredible career for Smith, though he retired with a record of 44-17-1, a testament to his strong character and perseverance.
In conclusion, James Smith has had a remarkable career in professional boxing, spanning over 17 years. His impressive record of 44 wins, 17 losses, and 32 KO wins has cemented his place as a heavyweight boxing legend. Even in the face of defeat, Smith never gave up, and his accomplishments speak for themselves.
James Smith Fight Record
|62||Jun 18, 1999||46||Larry Holmes||Loss||TKO8|
|61||Nov 27, 1998||45||Dave Slaughter||Win||TKO2|
|60||Jul 4, 1998||45||Joe Bugner||Loss||RTD1|
|59||Feb 25, 1998||44||Lynwood Jones||Win||UD|
|58||Apr 11, 1996||43||Troy Roberts||Win||TKO3|
|57||Aug 22, 1995||42||Eli Dixon||Win||TKO3|
|56||Mar 25, 1995||41||Bernd Friedrich||Win||SD|
|55||Oct 7, 1994||41||Brian Nielsen||Loss||TKO5|
|54||Sep 17, 1994||41||Axel Schulz||Loss||UD|
|53||Jan 18, 1994||40||Lionel Butler||Loss||TKO3|
|52||Dec 3, 1993||40||Lester Jackson||Win||UD|
|51||Dec 3, 1993||40||Marshall Tillman||Win||UD|
|50||Dec 3, 1993||40||Daniel Dăncuță||Loss||UD|
|49||Sep 14, 1993||40||Elijah Tillery||Win||TKO6|
|48||Aug 7, 1993||40||Andrew Stokes||Win||UD|
|47||Jun 26, 1993||40||Kevin Ford||Win||TKO9|
|46||Jun 1, 1993||40||Donnell Wingfield||Win||TKO2|
|45||Feb 27, 1993||39||Michael Moorer||Loss||UD|
|44||Jun 26, 1992||39||Greg Page||Loss||UD|
|43||Apr 24, 1992||39||Danny Wofford||Win||TKO8|
|42||Feb 15, 1992||38||Mark Wills||Win||UD|
|41||Dec 13, 1991||38||Andre Crowder||Win||KO1|
|40||Nov 4, 1991||38||Levi Billups||Loss||UD|
|39||Sep 24, 1991||38||Marshall Tillman||Win||TKO10|
|38||Sep 17, 1991||38||Jeff Sims||Win||KO1|
|37||Aug 6, 1991||38||Everett Martin||Win||TKO8|
|36||Jul 22, 1991||38||Kimmuel Odum||Win||TKO3|
|35||Jun 28, 1991||38||Terry Armstrong||Win||KO2|
|34||Apr 28, 1991||38||Lawrence Carter||Win||TKO1|
|33||Apr 4, 1990||37||Mike Weaver||Win||UD|
|32||Feb 20, 1990||36||Manoel de Almeida||Win||RTD6|
|31||Dec 14, 1989||36||Mike Rouse||Win||KO7|
|30||Oct 21, 1989||36||Jesse McGhee||Win||TKO2|
|29||Sep 29, 1989||36||Calvin Jones||Win||TKO8|
|28||Jul 2, 1989||36||Donovan Ruddock||Loss||KO7|
|27||Jul 30, 1988||35||Mike Rouse||Draw||TD|
|26||Aug 9, 1987||34||Adílson Rodrigues||Loss||SD|
|25||Mar 7, 1987||33||Mike Tyson||Loss||UD|
|24||Dec 12, 1986||33||Tim Witherspoon||Win||KO1|
|23||Aug 23, 1986||33||David Bey||Win||UD|
|22||Jun 7, 1986||33||Jesse Ferguson||Win||MD|
|21||Apr 5, 1986||33||Mike Weaver||Win||TKO1|
|20||Feb 23, 1986||32||Marvis Frazier||Loss||UD|
|19||Jun 15, 1985||32||Tim Witherspoon||Loss||UD|
|18||Apr 29, 1985||32||José Ribalta||Win||SD|
|17||Mar 15, 1985||31||Tony Tubbs||Loss||UD|
|16||Nov 9, 1984||31||Larry Holmes||Loss||TKO12|
|15||May 13, 1984||31||Frank Bruno||Win||KO10|
|14||Feb 19, 1984||30||Rahim Muhammad||Win||TKO5|
|13||Nov 4, 1983||30||Leroy Boone||Win||TKO4|
|12||Aug 23, 1983||30||Walter Santemore||Win||TKO4|
|11||Jun 14, 1983||30||Eugene Cato||Win||KO4|
|10||May 10, 1983||30||Lynwood Jones||Win||TKO2|
|9||Apr 23, 1983||30||Lee Cohen||Win||KO1|
|8||Apr 2, 1983||29||Nate Robinson||Win||TKO2|
|7||Dec 14, 1982||29||Larry Givens||Win||TKO3|
|6||Oct 16, 1982||29||Lonnie Chapman||Win||KO2|
|5||Sep 11, 1982||29||Chris McDonald||Win||MD|
|4||Jul 31, 1982||29||Louis Alexander||Win||KO2|
|3||Apr 22, 1982||29||Mike Cohen||Win||KO2|
|2||Jan 30, 1982||28||Ricky Parkey||Win||PTS|
|1||Nov 5, 1981||28||James Broad||Loss||KO4|