by Jim Calva: Joe Smith Jr. cashed in the spotlight by calling up big-money star Canelo Alvarez and heavyweight champion Artur Petterbiev/IPF/WBC on Saturday night after machine gunner Steve Jeffrard desperately fired in the ninth round to secure a knockout win At the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
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Geffrard entered the fray with a wacky game plan of standing right in front of Smith with a high guard, hoping to tire him out by blocking his big shots.
The plan was doomed from the start because even though Geffrard was blocking most of the incoming shots, the punches still hit his gloves hard and shove them in his face.
Furthermore, the punches punched were like sledgehammer shots from Smith Jr., who is arguably the second-largest punch in the 175-pound division behind Beterbiev (17-0, 17 KOs).
WBO Heavyweight Champion Smith Jr. (28-3, 22 KOs) put alternate opponent Geffrard (18-3, 12 KOs) into ninth after blowing up Two separate long-term relationships of punches to the head.
“I was trying to get him out of there early, but I realized it was too difficult and I wouldn’t be able to do it,” Smith Jr. said of Jeffrard. “I tried to wait until the later rounds and I started throwing in more fixtures to set it apart,Smith said.
Although Jeffrard withstood the first set of eight punches that exploded from Long Island, Smith Jr. of New York on the ninth, collapsed onto the canvas during Second shot of rapid fire from a head injury.
While Jeffrard was on the ground, his corner stopped fighting. From the way Jeffrard looked, the contest would be discontinued anyway. 31 years Jeffard looked like Rip Van WinkleAfter waking up from a 20-year nap and in no condition to resume the fight.
Even if the fight wasn’t stopped, Jeffard wouldn’t be allowed to fight the way he did. He looked injured and disoriented.
Hope Jeffrey is OK Because he took two separate sets of heavy headshots from Smith Jr. in the ninth round before he went down. It would be a good idea to have Jeffer checked at the nearest hospital because he ate shots tonight.
“[IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev] is what i wantJoe Smith Jr. said after the fight. “I want to go back to the gym, work on my craft, and as I say every time I get into the ring; I will be better and better. I think the next time you see me, I will be ready for anyoneSmith Jr. said.
“If Canelo wants to come to 175 and fight me, I’m ready for it. This is the fight I want. Everyone loves to see that fight. It would be a big problem.”
Beterbiev will likely take the fight to WBO 175 lb champ Joe Smith Jr. If it makes sense for him financially, but Canelo Alvarez, it’s not very likely. His focus appears to be on fighting easy tags like WBC cruiserweight champ Ilunga Makabu.
If Canelo moves up to 175, he would be wise to face Smith Jr. or Dmitri Bevol next. The Bivol isn’t a big puncher, so it would be an excellent starting point for Canelo at 175.
You can’t count Canelo’s previous fight at the age of 175 against former WBO champ Sergey Kovalev as a real experience because the fight looked as bizarre as it was. The Russian fighter was killed.
Kovalev wasn’t throwing punches with any force at them, and it looked like he was racing at a quarter of the speed.
The only round in which Kovalev briefly appeared at Canelo’s head was the eight, and it looked like he was playing the Mexican star in that round.
The weight of Kovalev’s shots in the eighth was throwing Canelo around the ring. But at nine, Kovalev appeared to be back in the fight with less than his full strength, and Canelo resumed his dominance.