The last Clifford Smith won the Carolinas Golden Gloves Championship in Charlotte for three straight years; 1941, 1942 and 1943. He advanced to the nationals as the Carolinas flyweight champion all three years and won the National Golden Gloves tournament in 1943. Smith was the only Charlotte boxer to win a National Golden Gloves title and joined Spartanburg, S.C.’s “Pappy” Gault as the only two boxers to ever win the national title from the Carolinas. Following a lengthy lay-off from boxing, Smith returned as a professional and boxed briefly, posting an outstanding record. Following his boxing career, Smith was a coach at the Charlotte YMCA and trained a number of outstanding boxers.