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Bud Smith

Full name: Wallace Bre "Bud" Smith
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: April 15, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: July 10, 1973 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Affiliations: Laurel Athletic Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing


Bud Smith won the 1947 AAU lightweight title, and then won the 1948 Chicago Intercity Golden Gloves and the 1948 US Olympic Trials, defeating Michigan State’s Chuck Davey to make the Olympic team. At the Olympics Smith lost in the semi-finals and then lost the bronze medal match to Denmark’s [Svend Vad]. His amateur record, always an estimate, is given as 52 wins and 4 losses.

Smith turned professional in November 1948 and had an “odd” career as a pro. He won his first nine bouts but then was defeated frequently. However, in June 1955 he was given a shot at the World Lightweight title, and defeated Jimmy Carter to become the champion. He defeated Carter again in the re-match, but lost the title in August 1956 to Joe Brown, and Brown also won a re-match for the title in February 1957. Strangely, between his re-match with Carter, and losing the title to Brown, Smith fought three non-title bouts, and lost them all. He retired in April 1958, after losing his final 11 fights, finishing with a career pro record of 31 wins, 24 losses, and 6 draws, rather marginal for a world champion.

In July 1973 Smith was talking to a female friend on a street corner when a car drove by and the occupants opened fire, killing Smith, with the bullets having been intended for the woman.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 19 London Boxing Men's Lightweight United States USA 4

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R
1948 Summer 19 London Boxing United States USA Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1948-08-12 Vissers (BEL) , Smith (USA)
1948 Summer 19 London Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1948-08-11 Smith (USA) , Zumbano (BRA) knock-out 2
1948 Summer 19 London Boxing United States USA Round Two Match #6 1 1948-08-10 Smith (USA) , López (ARG) decision
1948 Summer 19 London Boxing United States USA Round One Match #11 1 1948-08-09 Smith (USA) , Cornejo (CHI) decision
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