Verdell Smith

Verdell Smith, a.k.a. Tommy Bowles, a.k.a. Tim Brooks (born November 1, 1963 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) was a professional boxer in the light welterweight (140 lb) division. Smith, a journeyman fighter, appeared on the front page of the May 10, 2004, edition of The New York Times, as he was the focal point of a lengthy article in the Times's sports section on alleged fight fixing.

Verdell Smith
Real nameVerdell Smith
Nickname(s)Tim Brooks/Tommy Bowles
Born (1963-11-01) November 1, 1963 (age 58)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Boxing record
Total fights118
Wins by KO18
No contests7

Professional careerEdit

Smith turned professional in 1988 and fought the majority of his fights in Oklahoma and other Midwest states, under his birth name and other boxing aliases.[1] In the article, Smith explained that fighting under assumed names "is what we needed to do, [in order] to get paid", and was also quoted as saying: "None of my fights are fixed. I just don't like getting hurt, and I'm not going to risk my brain and my kids to prove anything."[1]

Among his notable fights, Smith lost to Jesse James Leija, Julio César Chávez, and Jorge Páez. The fight with Paez was the subject of a 2004 FBI investigation against promoter Bob Arum for fight fixing.

Fight fixing allegationsEdit

Smith is perhaps best known for his role in the government's attempted crackdown on fight fixing in 2004–2005. Smith, along with colleagues Buck Smith and Sean Gibbons, were called upon to give testimony.[2] The crew were nicknamed the Knucklehead Boxing Club, and traveled throughout the Midwest making frequent appearances on fight cards.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Geoffrey Gray (May 10, 2004). "BOXING; Boxers Who Are Losers; Promoters Who Love Them". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  2. ^ Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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