Thursday, 29 June 2017
Smith jr viewing Barrera victory as springboard to the title.
27 year Old Long Island light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) played host to New York City's media on Tuesday at the Mendez Boxing Gym ahead of his upcoming 10-round clash with the rugged Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) set for July 15 at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, televised live on HBO's Boxing After Dark.
Smith Jr looks forward to continuing his successful run of upset victories in 2016 by making a bold statement against the usually stubborn Barrera with a view to a future title fight with WBC champion Adonis Stevenson in mind.. Joe weathered an early storm to stop two time title challenger Andrej Fonfara last June, then pulled off another shocker by hustling Bernard Hopkins out of the ring in December in what was advertised as Hopkins leaving party, pulling the unlikely second shocker.. The grounded Union worker is overwhelmed by his newly found celebrity, but still insists that once his fight is over, his focus will be directed to his job, insisting that his loyalty is only balanced by the tremendous support his fellow workers have given to his ring career.