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Joe Smith Makes Weight For Fonfara Fight

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Joe Smith Makes Weight For Fonfara Fight

Two things on Joe Smith…

He has the least flashy name in boxing, and lots of people are thinking he's not likely to beat Andrzej Fonfara in Chicago, and on NBC, Saturday night.

I asked Joe DeGuardia, the promoter for  the Long Islander Smith, how good Smith's chances are to beat the Pole. “I think good,” he said. “Underdog but good.”

How does Joe win, Joe? “Punching power and determination will be keys to the fight.”

If Smith wins, his name stays unflashy, but his standing in the sport will get a good bump.

Check out this release which talks about the scrap:

JOE SMITH, JR. tips scales at 173 lbs., ANDRZEJ FONFARA weighs in at 174.5 lbs. for PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON NBC
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Star Boxing‎’s Long Island knockout artist Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) weighed in at 173 lbs. for his national television debut against another power-puncher, Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs), who tipped the scales at 174.5 lbs. for tomorrow night's (Saturday, June 18) 10-round main event on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
The broadcast begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and will feature a bantamweight world title rematch that sees current champion Juan Carlos Payano (17-0, 8 KOs) take on three-time U.S. Olympian Rau'shee “Nuke” Warren (13-1, 4 KOs) as they rehash their rivalry that began in August 2015 when Payano won a narrow split-decision to retain his title. Also featured on the telecast is rising star Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (14-0, 10 KOs) who faces powerful Mexican Daniel Sandoval (37-3, 34 KOs) in a super welterweight contest.
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The fighters faced-off at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza and spoke with media about their upcoming primetime bouts. Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:

JOE SMITH JR.

“I'm very excited for this fight and opportunity. I'm here to prove myself to all those who think I shouldn't be here. I'm taking the victory home. I want to prove it to the world.

“I'm amped up to get in the ring with a high quality fighter like Andrzej Fonfara and put on a show.

“Our styles are going to make for an exciting fight. I expect a war, but I'm prepared for anything. All I know is, I'm going to end the night with my hand raised.

“Ever fight I go into the ring with the same mentality. Everything is on the line and I want to prove myself to the world.”

PROMOTER JOE DEGUARDIA

“Smith and Fonfara have truly exciting styles. In boxing, to make it to the top you have to beat the guy you're not supposed to beat. Joe Smith knows that this is his opportunity to do just that. I am looking forward to a thrilling fight here in Chicago, be sure to catch it nationwide on NBC.”

ANDRZEJ FONFARA

“I want to thank everyone who brought this show to Chicago. I'm ready. We've had a very long camp. I've had great sparring after traveling two weeks in Big Bear and three weeks in Houston. The rest of our camp was in Chicago and it was outstanding.

“I'm ready for this opportunity. Joe Smith is a young guy who is here to beat me. I have to show him I'm a better fighter in the ring. What we say now doesn't matter, we'll see everything on Saturday night.

“I've been in a lot of fights, I've been the favorite and I've been the underdog. I know this is a big fight for Joe Smith and that he's trained very hard. He is going to be very motivated but I will be too and I will be ready on fight night.

“Each fight is different. I can't give him a lot of space to punch. I want to wear him down and finish him. I'm taking it round-by-round to get the win.

“I know he has a big punch, because he wins fights by knockout. But who has he knocked out? The guy who was a little bit better, Will Rosinsky, he went the distance. He has heavy, wide punches and we will be ready for him.”

Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.