OLYMPIC TEAM ALTERNATE & REFEREE TERRY SMITH DIES!

June 30th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez

1960 COLLEGE CHAMP A WORLD CLASS OFFICIAL

Sacramento, CA- Referee and boxing judge Terrance “Terry” Smith died Wednesday here at the age of 76. Born in the UK, Terry graduated from Sacramento State University where he proved to be the best fighter on the AAU sanctioned team. Terry won the National Collegiate championship in 1960 and ended up on the 1960 Olympic boxing team as an alternate. World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali and light heavyweight king Bob Foster were part of the eventual team. Turning pro in 1960, had a record of 8-3, 7 KOs.

BOXER BECAME SACRAMENTO DISTRICT ATTORNEY


Went on to Mc George school of law, Terry Smith was a Deputy Sacramento County District Attorney for 35 years. Married to Jonett Smith for more than 50 years, Terry is survived by a son, a daughter and a pair of grandchildren. A professional referee and judge from 1976 to 2004, Terry was most notable locally here in Sacramento for his disqualifying unbeaten hometown lad Tony Lopez against unheralded Ramon Rico.

HAD OVER 75 TITLE FIGHTS

Among many TV appearances, Terry did an HBO fight featuring Michael Moorrer vs. Melvin Foster, this ins addition to refereeing and judging many title fights around the world with the WBC. The cause of death was Alzheimer’s.

TERRY ACCORDING TO PEDRO

As honest as they come, Terry was one of the guys I’d want working my fight. But it when it came to admitting a gaff, Mr. Smith was as stubborn as they come. Still, Terry was always classy and he will be missed.

Pedro Fernandez

COMMENTS

  1. One story I omitted because of space in Bee obituary was a fight in 1,000-seat ballroom venue at the Sacramento Radisson Hotel. A drunk, complete with booze in hand, was loudly insulting Terry as he ref’d a bout, then began lacing his remarks with a stream of profanity and then started in on Terry’s family members in general. I was seated at ringside and watched Terry glare at the guy between rounds, saying nothing in return. Then as the decision was being read, Terry walked down the ring steps and went face to face with the guy, saying, “Say it to my face now.” As he did, the booze hound tried to throw a punch but nearby security rushed and subdued him as he and Terry fell to the ground, locking arms. As he got to his feet, a couple of fans, in support of Terry, got in a few good blows. Anyway, the guy, who was escorted out of the hotel, later sued Terry, AtCom, Don Chargin etc. I gave a deposition in support of Terry et al, but the hotel, in a panic, later paid the guy a small settlement. Such is justice. Anyway passed that along to Terry’s son, who never had heard it before. JJ

    Jim Jenkins on July 12th, 2011 at 12:55 PM
  2. as stubborn as they come…could be talking about his dad stayed with the family in sacramento and they made me very welcome. bradley taught me softball.

    bob granados on February 10th, 2012 at 4:11 PM

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