Fonfara vs Joe Smith Jr: The Polish Prince returns on NBC in Primetime

Fonfara vs Joe Smith Jr: The Polish Prince returns on NBC in Primetime

Andrzej Fonfara faces an unknown foe Joe Smith Jr., in a 10 rounds light heavyweight bout in the main event on primetime NBC. The co-feature offers up a rematch from a razor-close fight last August between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau’shee Warren. Fonfara vs. Smith Jr. could be good TV bout but Haymon could have matched Fonfara with a more recognizable name. This would have given the event a fighting chance in a wave of critics that always point toward the PBC. The card will take place in Chicago, Illinois, at the UIC Pavilion.

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Fonfara-Smith Jr. & Payano-Warren quotes

Fonfara-Smith Jr. & Payano-Warren quotes

CHICAGO (June 16, 2016) – Light heavyweights star Andrzej Fonfara and hard-hitting Joe Smith Jr. went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring Saturday, June 18 on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and features a world title rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau’shee Warren plus rising star Erickson Lubin battles Mexico’s Daniel Sandoval. PBC coverage switched to NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and will see unbeaten middleweights Hugo Centeno Jr. and Maciej Sulecki square-off.

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Joe Smith Jr. Looking to Score Door Opening Upset vs Andrzej Fonfara June 18th

Joe Smith Jr. Looking to Score Door Opening Upset vs Andrzej Fonfara June 18th

By Phil Kane: (June 8th) When fighters, fight doors open, and that’s what they have done for Mastic, Long Island light heavyweight Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr.

Not only have doors been cracked, they have blown wide open. The power punching Smith in the biggest bout of his young career, a true career altering fight is set to take on take on former WBC World Light Heavyweight title challenger Andrzej Fonfara, June 18th, for his WBC International Light Heavyweight title in his first nationally broadcast event coming in the main event of a Leon Margules Warriors Boxing / Star Boxing co-promoted Premiere Boxing Champions on NBC card LIVE from the UIC Pavilion in the champions hometown of Chicago.

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The “Irish Bomber” Joe Smith Jr. Heads Rockin Fights 20

The "Irish Bomber" Joe Smith Jr. Heads Rockin Fights 20

September 11th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY!

After seeing the widely broadcast video of a Irish boxer tourist, Mohammed Fadel Dobbous taking on a Turkish crowd last week (see below) I couldn’t help but think of Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr.

Watching the video and seeing the man described as a tourist / Irish professional boxer deck one of the attacking mob with a single shot, Smith’s natural punching power quickly came to mind.

Smith, 25 years old from Mastic, Shirley Long Island, is a talented professional boxer who comes from a impressive amateur career, including two New York Gold Glove and four New York Metro titles. Smith who carries the moniker “The Irish Bomber” because of his raw punching power is 18-1, 15Ko’s as a pro . Thats a 80% KO ratio higher than that of greats like Marvin Hagler and Stanley Ketchel .

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Star Boxing Signs “The Irish Bomber” Joe Smith Jr.

Star Boxing Signs "The Irish Bomber" Joe Smith Jr.

(September 19th) During an brief intermission at Star Boxing’s “Rockin Fights 15” at Long Island’s hottest boxing venue Star Boxing President and CEO Joe Deguardia announced the signing of Shirley, Long Island’s promising light heavyweight Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr.

The 24 year old Irishman coming with an impressive amateur pedigree including two New York Gold Glove and New York City Metro titles can best be described as a boxing reincarnation combination of Philadelphia’s Jack O’Brien and “Irish” Bob Murphy.

Turning pro October 2009 winning his first six inside the distance, Smith’s KO run came to an abrupt stop August 2010 versus Lawrence, Massachusetts slugger Eddie “Thunder” Caminero.

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