Originally Posted by McGrain
Smith has one of the weirdest records in boxing to go with his mad head. He beat Johnson and Marshall by KO and fought a draw with Moore, but he couldn't get his head around Lytell or Chase, who are from the same cloth but a level below. He had a reputation as a top puncher but his KO% isn't all that. He was a part of one of the most notorious fixes in the sport's history versus Cocoa Kid, and although he was on the winning side (so no guarantee he knew anything about it, he probably didn't...though the penny must have dropped
) I often wonder if he wasn't a "business" fighter.
I think Marshall was.
He usually only lost to the best so I don't think so. Scored some big upsets and was the victim of a couple. He was fortunate to have many of his fights in his hometown of Oakland, California although he never seemed to receive any hometown decisions.