|Jimmy Semmens - Australian Bantamweight Boxing Champion 1921 - 1925|
So who was Jimmy Semmens?
Some quick research this evening has revealed that he was an Australian Bantamweight Boxing Champion. His first fight for the title against Billy Tingle in front of a crowd of 8000 people at the West Melbourne Stadium on 1st October 1921 ended in a knockout when Tingle went down after 14 of the scheduled 20 rounds. Semmens was described in The Argus as being "a clean build, fast and resourceful boxer, with a remarkable left-hand punch, which he uses as a rapier to keep an opponent at safe distance."
Jimmy retained the title over the next few years fighting George Storey (KO), Mike Flynn (won on a foul low left), Billy Grime (PTS), Bert Ristuccia (PTS). Jimmy was defeated by a knockout from Stan Thurbon in the 6th round at Leichhardt Stadium on 17th July 1925.
Jimmy's career spanned 1920 - 1932. He won 13, lost 8 and drew 2 fights. FightsRec
At this stage I don't know anything about the connection between Jimmy and his uncle Tom. Thomas Smith, a builder had married Margaret Waters in Manly in 1917 when she was 54 years old. I believe he was the Thomas Smith who died in Armidale in 1934.
Unfortunately this photo was the only photo we found this weekend which was easily identifiable.
If anyone out there knows anything about Jimmy Semmens please leave a reply.