Long Islander Joe Smith is in waiting mode as his promoter Joe DeGuardia ponders and sifts to attempt to find the right fit for Smith’s first fight after his shock and awe stoppage of Andrzej Fonfara.
“It could be a Fonfara rematch or Sean Monoghan, or something else,” said DeGuardia right hand man Ron Katz of the light heavyweight fast climber. Smith is rated No 2 by the WBC, with No 1 Eleider Alvarez apparently setting up to fight champ Adonis Stevenson, so a Stevenson tango would have to wait.
Looking ahead a bit more, Smith could really and truly be a meaningful part of a true pro boxing Renaissance on Long Island. The Nassau Coliseum is being refashioned, and as part of the Barclays conglomerate, having two sparkling destinations to house events, will uplift the whole scene. “We could have Joe, and Chris Algieri and Cletus Seldin there and easily sell it out,”‘ Katz said.