Joe Smith Jr. – The Beast from the East


Joe Smith Jr. – The Beast from the East

By Xavier Porter,

October 26, 2016

Brooklyn, N.Y.

The end of an era awaits us. A legend in boxing is making his final farewell to the sport, a sport he has given so much of himself to. After a 28 year career the ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) is giving the fans one last fight on December 17 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Hopkins, who plans to step in the ring the night of the fight as “The Executioner” is not facing an easy opponent for his last bout. In fact he’s facing the powerful, strong, young Joe Smith Jr. (22-1, 18, KOs).

Known as the “Irish Bomber”, Smith Jr.’s two-minute, thirty-two second first round annihilation of Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KOs) earlier this summer catapulted him to near the top of his division. With the win, Smith Jr. claimed the WBC International light heavyweight championship and raised many eyebrows as a fighter to be reckoned with.

Currently ranked #2 in the United States and #6 in the world within the light heavyweight division Smith Jr. will have the opportunity to etch his name in the history books as the last opponent to face the legend in Hopkins. Smith Jr. is ready to transcend his career to the next level.

“As soon as my coach told me that they chose to fight me I was shocked and happy,” Smith Jr. said.

“I was real excited. I didn’t think Hopkins would still be fighting at this time. I’m surprised that I got the offer. I told my boss that I needed to go home to run and prepare for this fight. I went straight home to begin my preparation for this fight.”

“This fight means everything to me. Fighting Hopkins will give me more recognition to the fans. Winning this fight will help me get a title shot and further my career.”

Hopkins’ choice for choosing Smith Jr. as his final opponent is based on one thing: “knocking Joe Smith out,” as he stated to ESPN’S Senior Writer Dan Rafael. Smith Jr. is planning to make a statement of his own in this fight and he hopes that everyone tunes in to see it.

“He hasn’t knocked anyone out in a long time,” Smith Jr. said.

“I’m stronger; I’m bigger, younger, and much faster. He’s only seen a few clips of me online, only from the Fonfara fight and a few others.”

“He’ll see a different fighter in the ring with him come fight night. I’m ready for this fight and I’m going to put on a good show.”

While fighting the former undisputed middleweight champion and former WBA, IFB, WBC, and IBO light heavyweight champion in Hopkins, Smith Jr. is in a position that he’s been in before as he’s stepping into a fight as an underdog. A win against Hopkins will surely put Smith Jr. in line for a title shot against one of the current champions sometime next year.

“I’m hoping after this fight I get chosen to fight one of the champions in my division,” Smith Jr. said.

“I’m looking at possible fights with against Nathan Cleverly (current WBA light heavyweight champion), Adonis Stevenson (current WBC light heavyweight champion), and the winner or Sergey Kovalev/Andre Ward championship fight. I’d like an opportunity to have of those fights.”

“I want a better life for me and my family so I so have to beat Hopkins and the rest of these guys for better pay days.”

Smith Jr. is fully aware of how his future can play out after this fight. Smith Jr. will be fighting in the main event, on a major cable network, with thousands of spectators in attendance. Whether by way of decision or knockout Smith Jr. is determined to be victorious on fight night, retire the legend of Bernard Hopkins, and become a household name to the millions of boxing fans that will be watching this fight from around the world.

Tune in December 17 and be sure to watch the fight live on HBO.

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