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Joe Smith Jr
Joe Smith Jr

Record

28-4-0

Form

TKO 2
KO 9
MD 12
KO 9
SD 10

Stats

age
33
Height
6' 0" / 183 cm
Reach
-
Stance
Orthodox (R)

Full record

Wins
28
By KO
22
KO%
79%
Lost
4
Stopped
2
Draws
0
Debut
2009
Pro RDS
146

Ranking @ Light Heavyweight

ring
6
wbo
6
ibf
7
wbc
4
wba
5

The story

A power puncher with a blue-collar background, Joe Smith Jr was born on September 20, 1989 and hails from Long Island, New York. He wasn’t considered the next big thing in boxing growing up, as he spent quite a few years working as a laborer on construction sites. However, his love for the sport and his skill led to his decision to give professional prizefighting a try just after he turned 20.

Smith Jr made his professional debut on October 31, 2009 against David Brown. The fight was short, as he ended up scoring a TKO in the very first round. His next fight was a first-round KO, followed by two more first-round TKOs. One thing was clear from the beginning – Joe Smith Jr had some serious power.

On June 26, 2010, he took on Walter Foster and won by way of TKO in the second round. The result was the same when he fought Charles Wade on July 28, 2010. However, his luck would change in his next fight on August 7, 2010, as he was stopped in the fourth-round by TKO by Eddie Caminero. At 6-3, Caminero was a bit of a step up from his previous opposition, but it was also likely that the frequency of his fights led to a down night.

Smith Jr took some time off after that, eventually making his comeback on July 30, 2011 against Santos Martinez. He went back to his winning ways with a KO in the second round. He followed that up with four more stoppage victories. He then had a streak of decisions, as he beat Hamid Abdul-Mateen by unanimous decision, Lamont Williams by split decision and Otis Griffin by unanimous decision.

That proved to be an anomaly, as he would stop Michael Gbenga after two rounds and then score four consecutive TKOs before beating Will Rosinsky by unanimous decision after 10 rounds of action. A second-round TKO over Fabiano Pena earned him the biggest fight of his life, against Andrzej Fonfara on June 18, 2016 for the WBC international light heavyweight title.

The fight was in hostile territory, Chicago, where Fonfara was a fan favorite. Joe Smith Jr came in as a huge underdog, as most felt he would be outclassed by Fonfara. He shocked everyone in attendance and watching worldwide when he came out working the body, and then went upstairs with a beautiful right hand to knock down Fonfara. A second powerful right hand resulted in another knockdown and the end of the fight, by way of TKO in the very first round.

Following up that exciting and impressive performance, he fought 51-year-old Bernard Hopkins on December 17, 2016 for the legendary boxer’s final fight. While Hopkins talked quite a bit of trash in the leadup to the fight, Smith Jr was unfazed and prepared to do his talking in the ring. The fight was close for the first seven rounds, but in the eighth, he landed a brutal combination of punches that knocked Hopkins out of the ring. When Hopkins couldn’t climb back in to beat the count due to an ankle injury, Joe Smith Jr became the first boxer to beat Hopkins by stoppage.

Joe Smith Jr profile

What is Joe Smith Jr's Record?

Joe Smith Jr's record currently stands at 28 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws. Of those 28 wins he has stopped 22 of his opponents, so his current knock-out ratio is 79%. Of his 4 loses, he's been stopped 2 times. He's boxed a total of 146 rounds, meaning his professional fights last 4.6 rounds on average.

What was Smith Jr's last fight?

Joe Smith Jr's last fight took place against Artur Beterbiev's on 18th Jun 2022, in New York, United States. He lost by technical knockout in the 2nd round. That fight was 3 months and 18 days ago.

How active is Joe Smith Jr?

Smith Jr's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 25 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 8.4 rounds on average.

Where is Joe Smith Jr From?

Smith Jr was born in the United States.

How Old Is Joe Smith Jr?

The light heavyweight is currently 33 years old. He was born on 20th September 1989, so he will turn 34 in 11 months and 14 days.

How long has Smith Jr been fighting?

Joe Smith Jr made his professional debut in October 2009, so he has been a pro for 12 years and 11 months.

How good is Joe Smith Jr?

Smith Jr is currently ranked 6th by the The Ring, 6th by the WBO, 7th by the IBF, 4th by the WBC and 5th by the WBA at Light Heavyweight.

How tall is Joe Smith Jr?

Smith Jr is 6' 0" (6 Foot and 0 inches) which is 183cm (1 meter and 83 centimeters).

What stance does Joe Smith Jr use?

Smith Jr fights from a traditional orthodox stance, which means he favours his right hand as his power hand when fighting.

What are some potential opponents for Joe Smith Jr?

Some potential future fights for Smith Jr include Unified Super Middleweight Champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Callum Johnson, Anthony Yarde, Callum Smith and Dmitry Bivol.

What will be Joe Smith Jr's Next Fight?

Joe Smith Jr doesn't currently have a fight scheduled.

Some potential future fights for Smith Jr include Unified Super Middleweight Champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Callum Johnson, Anthony Yarde, Callum Smith and Dmitry Bivol.

How can I stream Joe Smith Jr's Fights?

In the UK you can usually stream Smith Jr's fights on NowTV and Sky Go.

In the US you can usually stream Joe Smith Jr's fights via ESPN+.

What are some recent Joe Smith Jr results?

Smith Jr has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight, he lost to Artur Beterbiev on 18th June 2022 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBC World Light heavyweight, IBF World Light heavyweight and WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, United States.

Previous to that, he had won against Steve Geffrard on 15th January 2022 by knockout in the 9th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, New York.

Going into that contest, he had beat Maksim Vlasov on 10th April 2021 by majority decision in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Osage Casino, Oklahoma.

Before that, he had defeated Eleider Alvarez on 22nd August 2020 by knockout in the 9th round at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada.

He had won against Jesse Hart on 11th January 2020 by split decision in their 10 round contest at Mark G. Etess Arena, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, New Jersey.

Joe Smith Jr Stats
AgeDate Of BirthNationalityHeightReachStanceWeight Division
33September 20, 1989United States183 cm cmorthodoxLight Heavyweight (175 lb)
Joe Smith Jr Record
Professional RecordWinsWins By KOKnockout PercentageLossesLosses By StoppageDrawsPro RoundsDebut
28-4-0282279%4201462009
Joe Smith Jr Rankings
WeightThe Ring MagazineWBCIBFWBAWBO
Light Heavyweight64756
Joe Smith Jr Recent Contests
DateOpponentResultVenue
2022-06-18Artur BeterbievLost (TKO 2)Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, NY, United States
2022-01-15Steve GeffrardWon (KO 9)Turning Stone Resort & Casino, New York, United States
2021-04-10Maksim VlasovWon (MD 12)Osage Casino, Oklahoma, United States
2020-08-22Eleider AlvarezWon (KO 9)The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada, United States
2020-01-11Jesse HartWon (SD 10)Mark G. Etess Arena, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, New Jersey, United States
2019-03-09Dmitry BivolLost (UD 12)Turning Stone Resort & Casino, New York, United States
2017-07-15Sullivan BarreraLost (UD 10)Forum, Inglewood, United States
2016-12-17Bernard HopkinsWon (KO 8)Forum, Inglewood, United States
2016-06-18Andrzej FonfaraWon (TKO 1)UIC Pavilion, Chicago, United States
2016-04-23Fabiano PenaWon (TKO 2)Paramount Theatre, Huntington, United States
2015-12-05Will RosinskyWon (UD 10)Barclays Center, New York, United States
2015-09-11Shujaa El AminWon (TKO 9)Paramount Theatre, Huntington, United States
2015-04-18Cory CummingsWon (TKO 2)Paramount Theatre, Huntington, United States

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Joe Smith Jr's next fight

When is Joe Smith Jr's Next Fight?

Joe Smith Jr doesn't currently have a fight scheduled.

Some potential future fights for Smith Jr include Unified Super Middleweight Champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Callum Johnson, Anthony Yarde, Callum Smith and Dmitry Bivol.

Joe Smith Jr streams

How can I stream Joe Smith Jr's Fights?

In the UK you can usually stream Smith Jr's fights on NowTV and Sky Go.

In the US you can usually stream Joe Smith Jr's fights via ESPN+.

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