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Just Another Joe Named Smith Earns DAZN Debut

The American working class hero Joe Smith Jr will finally be graced with his first title challenge against one of the toughest, most accomplished lightheavies in the division, WBA champ Dmitry Bivol, Saturday, March 9th@Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York.

Joe, who is currently 17th ranked in boxrec, wandered off of a construction site in New York City to first take the boxing world by storm when he obliterated Andrzej Fonfara, an established contender often credited with beating up WBC champ Adonis Stevenson to no credit by the judges. That mission accomplished, his team waited for title shot offers that either never came, or tried to lowball this gritty fighter emerging out of nowhere, but one fighter targeted him for his easy retirement fight. Bernard Hopkins was looking for an easy mark like the raw, untutored construction worker to low blow, butt open and otherwise monkey around with to the cheers of the motley n’er do wells who populate the Hopkins fan base.

Alas, the best laid plans of mice and boxing exploitation men found them unexpectedly derailed after the grittiest, most comprehensive Knockout of the decade, blasting Hopkins helplessly through the ropes onto the concrete floor below. Women were sobbing as the sobering reality of Hopkins’ Grand Finale sunk in.

Bivol chose a more conventional boxing route from his birthplace of Kyrgyzstan to that of Russia where much boxing opportunity exists for the youth to pursue. Bivol is 28 years of age, and Joe 29, so they are in their traditional athletic primes. Joe has certainly got enough boxing skills to knock out just about anyone, but has been held back by his Achilles heel, that of an easily fractured chin, something less than sharp hitters than Bivol have accomplished in the past.

Just looking at the face off you can see the incredible thickness of Joe’s neck in comparison. He’s taller than his boxrec 6-0, so how he makes 175 lbs with that amount of musculature is the story of modern boxing. I don’t recall anyone listing his fight weight, but I would suggest over 190 lbs. That’s British promoter Eddie Hearns who was one of the players instrumental in launching the game changing DAZN streaming platform.

All I can say is it’s about time boxing manned up to Joe with a title shot and this one has a chance to be a doozy. Good luck gentlemen. May the best man win.

 

 

Just Another Joe Named Smith~Fighter of the Year~KO of the Year

Yupsir, for many if not most of us boxing fans, Joe Smith Jr ticks all the boxes as Fighter of the Year, the KO of the Year, the Round of the Year, and the Upset of the Year. The self described “special one” Bernard Hopkins tapped common man Joe Smith for his pity farethewell party set up by Oscar and HBO, and he certainly did not disappoint. Joe executed Executioner  with a highlight KO for the ages against all the odds and all the suits stacked against him.

Just Another Joe Named Smith

Just Another Joe Named Smith

Previous to that there was the 1 round demolition of ascending and well respected Contender, Andrzej Fonfara, who fans know beat the silly putty out of WBC beltholder Adonis Stevenson to no credit from the judges. Smith was never even considered a prospect much less a fringe contender, but here he is jumping all the queues ahead of him to a top Ring ranking. Joe Smith Senior must be popping all the buttons on his shirts in pride.

!!!From Coulda Been a Contenda to Top Dog!!!

!!!From Coulda Been a Contenda to Top Dog!!!

Here is the video of the KO for the Ages followed with relevant stills sequencing the action:

 

Entrance of the Executioner

Entrance of the Executioner

Poopsie Oopsie In Motion

Poopsie Oopsie In Motion

Executioner Executed

Executioner Executed

White Boy Hands to the Rescue!

White Boy Hands to the Rescue!
Waaaahhh, Boo, Hoo, Hoo!

Waaaahhh, Boo, Hoo, Hoo!
Mo' Waaah, Boo Hoo Hoo!

Mo’ Waaah, Boo Hoo Hoo!
Unceasing Tears of a Lifetime!

Unceasing Tears of a Lifetime!

Just Another Joe Named Smith

Just Another Joe Named Smith

 

 

 

Ho-Hum~Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Andrzej Fonfara

One of a zillion newly signed Al Haymon legions now, the “Son of The Legend,” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, 48-1, 32 KO, seems to have settled his dispute with Top Rank to return on Showtime April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. The bout will be at a 172lb catch weight against Polish lightheavy contender Andrzej Fonfara, 26-3, 15 KO.

Junior @ Work

Junior @ Work

Barring egregious officiating, something quite probable in boxing, especially as regards to the often pampered career of Junior who has struggled to make weight in every division he’s fought in, it looks to me like Chavez is making a major mistake and will be whooped badly. Fonfara may not look like much as first physical impressions go, but he’s a dead game, dead serious, very well trained lightheavy contender. Many, probably most fans thought he whooped the Montreal Manhood out of ballyhooed champ Adonis Stevenson only to lose that hometown styled decision.

Indeed, in the ever fading from public conciousness, growing ever more irrelevant Boxing world world, “it” happens as often as not and boxing poohbahs seemingly relish stepping into “it” again and again because of $ubstantial benefits they receive by controlling the results for chosen gaming interests.

Nonetheless, the combatants still have to glove up and step into the ring where the best laid plans of mice and men and corrupt boxing poohbahs can sometimes be derailed. A major consideration for Fonfara will be the catchweight since he’s been right at the 175 lb light heavy limit or over in his last 3 fights, now needing to weigh in 4 lbs less than he’s used to. Also thanks to the way boxing conducts it’s business, we don’t know if there will be a rehydration limit imposed on him. We do know Junior’s fight night weight will probably be over 190 lbs, but even if he’s bigger than Fonfara, he’ll be eating the hardest leather he’s ever experienced before. Junior has thus far shown a rock solid chin much to the chagrin of his manically raging critics, but Fonfara can crack some and will probably be going for the KO to take the fight out of shaky judges hands.

The fight itself absent the officiating could well prove to be all action and fan friendly. Does Junior have what it takes to win cleanly? He’s a big, very strong kid. Hopefully the result will be the right one.

Yes Virginia, sometimes even boxing gets one right. We’ll have to see about all that.