Joe Smith Jr.

Joe Smith Jr. was much better boxer last night and finished Steve Geffrard in round 9: says he’s ready to face Canelo

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WBO light heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr. made his title defense effective yesterday by defeating Steve Geffrard by knockout after dominating every round. This fight was the main event of the boxing night organized by Top Rank at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA. Find out here the details of the card.

Joe Smith Jr. vs Steve Geffrard

American champion Joe Smith Jr. was facing Steve Geffrard after Callum Johnson tested positive for Covid-19, having to pull out of the event. The fight brought together two boxers who were physically prepared for the competition, but expected to face different opponents. Still, in context the fight would be for the WBO light heavyweight championship of the world.

Smith came into this fight as a heavy favorite, because not only is he the champion, but also Steve Geffrard’s name was still off the radar of light heavyweight fans and boxing in general, knowing that in his career he had not yet faced any boxer of renown, but now he should arrive as a replacement for the championship fight.

In this order of ideas, Smith made clear why he was the favorite and was the absolute dominant of the fight, because from the beginning to the end he kept the pace and subdued Geffrard with power punches. Wath here the fight highlights (via Top Rank).

From the first round Joe Smith Jr. came out to propose his style, taking his opponent backwards all the time and cornering him repeatedly against the ropes and in the corners, where through combinations to the body and head he progressively weakened Steve Geffrard.

On several occasions during the fight it appeared that Geffrard was already subdued, and the referee even came close to stopping the fight, however, he continually responded with a few punches that kept him in contention.

However, by the 9th round the accumulated punishment was too much for Geffrard, and Joe Smith Jr. subdued him with a continuous flurry of punches in the corner, knocking him down for the first and only time in the fight and taking the win by KO.

In general terms, it can be said that the fight was just as expected, that is, an absolute dominance of the champion and a defense that could be described as easy for him, which despite having represented a risk perhaps unnecessary, keeps Joe Smith Jr. in competition rhythm, which he needs a lot since the other champions and other potential opponents have also reflected his great boxing.

Smith Jr. vs Geffrard: main card facts

Main card results
Abraham Nova vs William Encarnacion
Nova wins by knockout in round 8
Omar Rosario vs Raekwon Butler
Rosario wins by unanimous decision
Troy Isley vs Harry Keenan Cruz Cubano
Isley wins by unanimous decision

Abraham Nova vs William Encarnacion

The co-main event of the night was between the American Abraham Nova and the Dominican William Encarnacion, which was agreed to 10 rounds in the super featherweight category.

Abraham Nova not only stole the show with his entertaining ring entrance, but also with his boxing against the Dominican. The fight was quite attractive, as punches were thrown from both sides and what was expected to be an easy victory for Nova, ended up being a fight with a good boxing level delivered by both boxers.

Once the fight between Joe Smith Jr. and Steve Geffrard was over, the champion talked about his willingness to face the best, Artur Beterbiev, Dmitry Bivol, and perhaps the one who sounded the loudest: Saul Canelo Alvarez.

Let’s remember that Smith lost to WBA champion Dmitry Bivol a few years ago, that Artur Beterbiev is the WBC and IBF champion and is the only reigning champion with a 100% KO percentage, and that Canelo has just completely dominated 168 lbs, having the possibility to fight at 175 lbs against the best.

After Smith’s resounding victory, who do you think he should face? Is Canelo Alvarez the best option for both? should he continue to defend his WBO championship? or should he look to unify belts with Beterbiev and Bivol? Tell us your opinion!

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