A combination of heavy hands, volume punching and a relentless “ready or not here I come” attitude, helped 🇺🇸Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr. come up with a huge win over former WBO Champion 🇨🇴Eleider “Storm” Alvarez Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, headlining a card broadcast on ESPN+. Continue reading “A Blue Collar Beatdown”
Saturday from The Bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, former Light-Heavyweight Champion 🇨🇴Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (25-1-0, 13KO) and 🇺🇸Joe Smith Jr. (25-3-0, 20KO) will clash in a 12 round eliminator bout to open up the four man tournament that will determine the WBO Champion. Continue reading “Alvarez and Smith Kick off WBO Four Man Light-Heavyweight Tourney”
By Jon Uddin✏
Top Light-Heavyweight contenders 🇺🇸Jesse Hart (26-3-0, 21KO) and 🇺🇸Joe Smith Jr. (25-3-0, 20KO) kicked off their 2020 campaigns in a 10 round headliner at the Mark G. Etess Arena at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Continue reading “Joe Smith Jr. is Back in the Light-Heavyweight Mix After Win Over Jesse Hart”
WBO Light-Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol (16-0-0, 11KO) was victorious, successfully making the 4th defense of his world title by defeating Joe Smith Jr. (24-3-0, 20KO) by wide unanimous decision.
From an all-around perspective, this was the best overall outing of his professional career, demonstrating technical mastery with ring distance, pinpoint accuracy, combination and counter punching, getting through and around Smiths guard, consistently beating him to the punch.
Smith being the ironclad warrior that he is damn sure didn’t make this an easy night though. Throughout all 36 minutes, he put his best foot forward, doing whatever he could to slow down and damage the Champion.
Smith’s vaunted right hand found home and actually staggered the Champion in the 4th round, who held on immediately to try and secure his legs and gather his bearings. Bivol however never lost his poise or concentration, quickly shaking it off to get back to controlling the ring, and picking the challenger apart.
In the 7th round, Bivol managed to hurt Smith with a beautiful counter check-hook, and wobbled the man with the granite chin. Smith, who never been down in his entire career was able to stay up, however he was aware of the power that Bivol had himself from that point on.
As time progressed, Bivol’s dominance grew stronger, with a higher degree of power shots landing. In the 9th round, out of sheer frustration, while clinched, Smith picked up Bivol and slammed him to the canvas, with no point deduction penalty dished out, just a stern warning from Referee Gary Rosato.
The end of the 10th round was something to see, being that simultaneous with the bell ending the round, Joe Smith landed a crippling right hand to Bivol’s jaw that had serious knockout intentions on it. Bivol was badly damaged, to the point where he staggered profusely and wobbled his way back to his corner.
While Bivol was in a daze that carried over to the next round, Joe Smith tried to do what he could to get the Champion in a fit of trouble once again, and pressed the action, but mentally Bivol wouldn’t budge.
As the fight was winding down in the 12th, they dished out what they had left. When Bivol heard the final 10-second marker, he went ballistic and bludgeoned Smith with a litany of combinations that seemingly had Smith ready to go, in fact I believe if the fight was 5 seconds longer, Smith could’ve possibly been knocked out.
This was a very respectable performance for Joe Smith, who is someone who I’d like to have line up next to me in a street brawl, a tough fighter indeed. Bivol also showed that he is a supreme technician who is improving before our eyes, and that it takes a lot to get him out of there, or to mentally take him off his game, showing to be one of the best that we have around his weight class.
Here were the official scorecards and how we scored it…
Don Trella = 118- 110 for DMITRY BIVOL
Tom Schreck = 119 – 109 for DMITRY BIVOL
Glenn Feldman = 119 – 109 for DMITRY BIVOL
PROJECT COMBAT SCORE
Tré Berry = 117 – 111 for DMITRY BIVOL
Power-boxer Dmitry Bivol (15-0-0, 11KO) is a hard-nosed man, and a serious fighter, as he is one of the most highly touted talents in boxing, and for good measure.
Upon being the WBA Light-Heavyweight titlist, he is taking on a foe who is well known for his workmanlike approach and big power, that being #8 WBO contender Joe Smith Jr. (24-2-0, 20KO) of Long Island, NY.
Bivol is going for his 4th world title defense, and is fresh off a razor sharp technical performance against storied veteran Jean Pascal in November.
Joe Smith has done some good things in his career, working his way up in old school fashion, his most notable wins being a victory over Andrzej Fonfara, and in retiring Bernard Hopkins from the sport in consecutive bouts. This will by far be the toughest test of Smith’s career, in what will be an opportunity at his first world title against a primed, very skilled opponent.
Look for this fight, and its fight card on the DAZN streaming app on Saturday, March 9th at 9 P.M. EST.