Kelvin Smart

Kelvin Smart (b. 1960) is a former British champion whose outstanding early career record was spoiled by its end.

The flyweight turned professional in 1979 and went undefeated for 14 bouts. That was enough to secure a European title eliminator against Enrique Rodriguez Cal, but the Caerphilly man had to travel to Oviedo and he lost a 12-round points decision on the Spaniard’s home turf.

The setback was soon forgotten as Smart’s next fight would be his first shot at a professional title. He faced fellow Welshman Dave George at the Empire Pool, Wembley, with the vacant British flyweight crown on the line. Smart proved too strong for his Swansea rival, stopping him in six rounds.

After two non-title victories, the new champion was handed an uncomfortable first defence, against former British bantamweight champion Hugh Russell on the Northern Irishman’s home Belfast patch. The title changed hands after seven rounds when a badly swollen eye forced Smart to retire on his stool.

After 10 months out an unexpected second-round defeat to north Walian Ivor Jones followed, Smart then taking over a year out before getting back on the winning trail with a January 1986 bout against Rocky Lawlor.

But a trip to Dublin to face unbeaten, fast-rising Dave ‘Boy’ McAuley proved too much for the Caerphilly man. In fact, he would never win again.

The remaining 14 months of his career saw him fight seven times in venues as diverse as Le Cannet, Glasgow, Guyana, Calais, Swansea and Montpellier. But one draw and six defeats resulted, leaving Smart with a record of 17-10-2 when he eventually retired in April 1987.

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6 Responses to Kelvin Smart

  1. cerianne smart September 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    i dont really like that comment indicating my father wouldnt ever win a fight again.I am very proud of my father for what he achieved .love him sooo much. cerianne smart (kelvin smart) daughter

    • Geoff edwards April 1, 2018 at 9:48 pm #

      Kelvin was a great boxer a great person and friend never forget him

    • Darren rice April 17, 2018 at 8:31 am #

      My second cousin (Ponty Davies is my uncle) very proud of the heritage

  2. Sean Davies September 20, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Hi Cerianne, thanks for the comment. There was no offence meant, it’s just a statement of fact that your father did not win a professional boxing fight after the Rocky Lawlor bout You are, of course, right to be very proud of the great things he has achieved.

  3. cerianne smart September 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    im sorry for my attitude .i know u never ment i do appolyigise .my father is sat with me now and ask me to tell u that the reason y he retired Was he gt addicted to painkillers and at time he was getting withdrawel symptoms. he was weak from the symptons and tired.nt many people knew about it. my dad would love to write a book but dont know how to get a publisher.

  4. Sean Davies September 21, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Thanks Cerianne, that’s interesting. Send my very best wishes to your father. I’ll email you some thoughts about possible publication options – give me a few days, but I’ll be in touch.

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