Star Boxing’s knockout artist Joe Smith, Jr. (19-1, 16 KOs), who is a Local 66 laborer in between fights, will square off against firefighter Will Rosinsky (19-2, 10 KOs) in a light heavyweight clash on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Shirley, Long Island product is pictured being given a sendoff by over 200 co-workers on Wednesday at the construction site where Joe works.
The union is building the Baypark Sewage treatment plant, a Nassau County facility. The Long Island Building Trades (Nassau and Suffolk county), a charter of all the Long Island unions and is completing the 100% union facility.
The SMITH VS ROSINSKY BOUT WILL START APPROXIMATELY 6PM SO GET THERE EARLY!!
Joseph Smith Jr. – Bio
Record: 19-1 16KO’s
Division: Light Heavyweight
Hometown: Mastic, NY
Promoter: Star Boxing (Joe DeGuardia)
Mngr/Trainer: Jerry Capobianco
Joe grew up in Shirley Long Island. He is the oldest of 7 brothers and 1 sister. Joe started boxing at 13 years old. Boxing was a way to stay off the street and out of trouble and became a big part of his life. As an amateur, Joe had a very successful career. With just about 50 amateur fights, Joe won many titles including the Title World Champion in 2006, Junior Olympic Champion in 2004, 2005, and 2006, Empire State Champion in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and the New York Metro Champion in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. One of the most memorable times in Joe’s life was in 2008 when he celebrated the birth of his daughter and just weeks later became a New York Golden Glove Champion with an impressive win over Sean Monaghan.
Joe turned pro in October 2009 winning his debut fight on Halloween by first round knockout over David Brown. His next 5 fights were by first and second round knockouts. Then, in his 7th pro fight, against Eddie Caminero, Joe, who was on his way to another convincing win, suffered a horribly broken jaw in the 2nd round. Joe continued to fight through the excruciating pain but his corner stopped the fight after the 4th round. Joe returned after almost a year layoff and he returned with vengeance reeling off 10 straight wins, 9 inside the distance, including wins of former contenders Otis Griffith and Tyrell Hendrix.
Joe and his team then signed a promotional contract with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing in September of 2014. Joe had numerous offers to sign with other promoters but felt that Joe DeGuardia was his best option. Joe made his Star Boxing debut a smashing one by blasting out the tough Maxell Taylor in 1 round on December 20th, 2014 fighting for the first time in his backyard at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. The bout was televised on MSG Network. Joe returned to The Paramount on April 18, 2015, and thrilled the sold out crowd with an exciting 2nd round KO over Cory Cummings. Capping off a busy 2015, Joe fought again on September 11, knocking out Dion Savage in the 9th Round at the Paramount. He is currently scheduled to fight at Barclay Center on December 5th vs local rival Will Rosinsky. When not in the ring, Joe works for Local 66 Laborers Union. Joe has become one of the Tri State area’s top attractions. Joe has a huge fan base that grows with each fight, many of whom are Laborers. Under the direction of Joe DeGuardia and his team at Star Boxing hopes to challenge for a world championship in the near future.