Record: 23-1, 19 KO
Last fight: TKO 8 Bernard Hopkins, Dec 18, 2016
Next fight: TBD
Joe Smith news
Joe Smith Jr. an American professional boxer who competes in the light heavyweight division.
It was announced that Smith would be fighting the #2 WBC contender, former world title challenger Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) for the WBC international light heavyweight title at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois on June 18, 2016 in a scheduled 10 round fight in the main event of the Premier Boxing Champions card on NBC. Fonfara was coming of a huge decision win over British boxer Nathan Cleverly. A win here for Fonfara would set him up for another world title shot.
In an 'Upset of the Year' in the light heavyweight division, Smith defeated Fonfara via a 1st round technical knockout.
And on December 18th, Smith defeated aging fight legend Bernard Hopkins, stopping him via KO in Round 8.
Several weeks from his 52nd birthday, fight legend Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2-2 NC, 32 KOs) returns to face young, hungry contender Jose Smith at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Coming off a convincing ten round unanimous decision win over Will "Will Power" Rosinsky on the Daniel Jacobs vs Peter Quillin WBA World Middleweight Championship card at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, Mastic Shirley, Long Island light heavyweight Joe "The Beast" Smith Jr. is finding it harder and harder to find fights.
Bernard Hopkins record: 55-8-2-2 NC
Last fight: TKO 9 BY JOE SMITH, DECEMBER 18, 2017 (Controversy reigns)
Bernard Humphrey Hopkins Jr. (born January 15, 1965) is an American professional boxer who has held multiple world titles at middleweight and light heavyweight. He reigned as middleweight champion from 1994 to 2005, successfully compiling a record 20 title defenses during that period. He won the IBF middleweight title in 1994 and later unified the division when he added the WBA (Super), WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal titles in 2001.
He also became the first male boxer to simultaneously hold world titles by all four major boxing sanctioning bodies when he won the WBO title in 2004 (Riddick Bowe was the first to hold heavyweight titles by all four, but in separate reigns, from 1992 to 1995). In 2011, The Ring ranked Hopkins number three on their list of the "10 best middleweight title holders of the last 50 years."