Joe Smith Jr
  • Joe Smith Jr

  • 26-3-0
  • form KO 8UD 10UD 12SD 10KO 9 <
  • Stats
  • age31
  • height 6' 0" / 183cm
  • reach
  • stanceOrthodox (r)
  • Full record
  • wins26
  • by ko21
  • ko%81%
  • Lost3
  • Stopped1
  • Draws0
  • Debut2009
  • pro rds123
  • Ranking @ Light Heavyweight
  • The Ring4
  • WBO1
  • IBF-
  • WBC3
  • WBA-

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 26 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws.

Of those 26 wins, he's stopped 21 of his opponents, so his current knock-out ratio is 81%.

Of his 3 loses, he's been stopped 1 time.

He's boxed a total of 123 rounds, meaning his professional fights last 4.2 rounds on average.

What was Smith Jr's last fight?

Joe Smith Jr's last fight took place against Eleider Alvarez's on 22nd Aug 2020, in Nevada, United States. He won by knockout in the 9th round. That fight was 4 months and 25 days ago.

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 31 years old. He was born on 20th September 1989, so he will turn 32 in 8 months and 4 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 11 years and 2 months.

How good is Joe Smith Jr?

Smith Jr is currently ranked 4th by the The Ring, 1st by the WBO and 3rd by the WBC 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 centimetres).

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 .

How can I stream Joe Smith Jr's Fight?

In the US you can stream Smith Jr vs Vlasov fight via ESPN / ESPN 2 / FS1 via Hulu Live TV and ESPN APP.

What are some recent Joe Smith Jr results?

Smith Jr has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.

In his last fight, he defeated 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, United States.

Previous to that, he had been beaten by Dmitry Bivol on 9th March 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Light Heavyweight championship fight at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, New York.

Going into that contest, he had lost to Sullivan Barrera on 15th July 2017 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Forum, Inglewood.

Before that, he had defeated Bernard Hopkins on 17th December 2016 by knockout in the 8th round at Forum, Inglewood.

He had beat Andrzej Fonfara on 18th June 2016 by technical knockout in the 1st round at UIC Pavilion, Chicago.

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Joe Smith Jr's Next Fight

  • Smith Jr vs Vlasov
  • 26-3-0 45-3-0
  • Saturday 13th February 2021
  • Vacant WBO World Light heavyweight Championship

  • Est. Ringwalk : 2021-02-14T03:00:00Z

What will be Joe Smith Jr's Next Fight?

Joe Smith Jr is to face Maksim Vlasov next on Saturday 13th February 2021. The fight will take place at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States. The fight will be shown on ESPN in the United States.

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Joe Smith Jr's Potential Fights & Rumours

  • Smith vs Smith Jr
  • 27-1-0 26-3-0
  • Potential : Summer 2021
  • WBA Super World Super Middleweight Championship
  • Beterbiev vs Smith Jr
  • 15-0-0 26-3-0
  • Potential : Summer 2021
  • IBF World Light heavyweight Championship

Joe Smith Jr's Last 5 Fights

  • Alvarez vs Smith Jr
  • 25-1-0 25-3-0
  • KO 9 KO 9
  • Saturday 22nd August 2020
  • Hart vs Smith Jr
  • 26-2-0 24-3-0
  • SD 10 SD 10
  • Saturday 11th January 2020
  • Bivol vs Smith Jr
  • 15-0-0 24-2-0
  • UD 12 UD 12
  • Saturday 9th March 2019
  • WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship
  • Smith Jr vs Barrera
  • 23-1-0  19-1-0
  • UD 10 UD 10
  • Saturday 15th July 2017
  • Hopkins vs Smith Jr
  • 55-7-2  22-1-0
  • KO 8 KO 8
  • Saturday 17th December 2016


Joe Smith Jr ODDS

Joe Smith Jr - - - - - - 2/7 1.29 -345 - - - 2/7 1.29 -345 2/7 1.29 -345 - - - 2/7 1.29 -345 - - - 2/7 1.29 -345
Maxim Vlasov - - - - - - 5/2 3.5 +250 - - - 5/2 3.5 +250 5/2 3.5 +250 - - - 11/4 3.75 +275 - - - 5/2 3.5 +250
RingWalk: 2021-02-14T03:00:00Z
WBO World Light heavyweight Championship
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