Smith Jr. defeats hapless Geffrard, Nova shines in co-feature

Steve Geffrard’s story was something out of a Hollywood script. The South Florida native accepted the right to the address on eight days’ notice, but it didn’t compose the shocking annoyance. WBO World Heavyweight Champion Joe Smith Jr. made his first successful defense of his crown, knocking out Jeffrard in the ninth round on Saturday at Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Smith (28-3, 22 KOs) was never threatened, because his activity (665 punches thrown) forced Geffrard (18-3, 12 KOs) on the back foot. Geffrard had slight pockets of success in the opening round, but it quickly turned into a one-sided show for the Long Island native. He stunned Jeffrard with his right hand in fifth and turned up the heat in the ninth. With Geffrard pinned to his corner, Smith unloaded with a group, and Geffrard went to the knee. Before referee Mark Nelson could finish the count of ten, coach Kevin Cunningham threw in the towel to end the one-way traffic.

Smith has his sights set on the captain of the other squad, IBF/WBC champion, Artur Beterbiev. Or maybe a date with Canelo Alvarez if the Sterling King chooses to go from super middleweight.

Smith said, “He really brought it in today. It was a great fight. You see, he’s a great boxer and a good survivor. I was trying to get him out of there early, but I realized it was too hard and I wouldn’t be able to do it. I tried to wait until the later rounds and started throwing more.” of combinations to distinguish it from each other.

“{Beterbiev} is what I want. I want to go back to the gym, work on my craft, and like I say every time I get in the ring, I’ll be better and better. I think the next time you see me, I’ll be ready for anyone.”

“If Canelo wants to come to 175 and fight me, I am ready for him. This is the fight I want. Everyone loves to see that fight. It will be a big problem.”

STOP Abraham Nova William Encarnacion

Abraham “El Super” Nova at featherweight walked unbeaten to the ring with his mascot and fans, but soon found himself in a fight. Unprecedented opponent William “El Gago” Encarnacion surprised Nova with his ability to cut right in the first round, but Nova (21-0, 15 stops) settled down and won her eighth TKO.

Nova was ranked the world’s junior lightweight heavyweight title before switching to featherweight last year. He survived the early rough patch and dressed up Encarnación (19-2, 15 KOs) with body shots. Encarnacion’s corner saw enough and threw in the towel, shocking those present.

Nova said, “It feels good to be fighting close to home the day after my birthday. I had a bluff opponent in front of me, but I got the job done.”

“I want to be honest with {WBO World Champion Emmanuel Navarrete}. Everyone thinks he’s going to blow me up. Put him in there. Let’s see if he does. WBO Next”.

In other procedures:

Junior welterweight: Puerto Rican Omar Rosario (6-0, 2 KOs) learned another lesson in his young career, as Brooklyn’s Rickwon Butler nearly finished (4-2, 2 KOs) in the opening round before having to hit the six-round distance and win By unanimous decision (59-54 2x and 58-55). Rosario outscored Butler 111-49.

Lightweight: Jahi Tucker (6-0, 4 KOs) is fighting past his years. The 18-year-old knocked down Akeem Black (6-5, 2 KOs) heavily in the opening round and then finished things off with a punch per second. Tucker became the second man to drop Black and landed 47 of 98 punches.

Middleweight: US Olympian Troy “Transformer” Isley (4-0, 2 KOs) threw everything, including the kitchen sink, but Harry Keenan Cruz Cubano (6-3, 2 KOs) withstood the heavy blows to survive the Six rounds. Isley colorized Cruz-Cubano in capital letters in the first rounds and was able to decide with a score of 59-53 and 59-54 2x.

Cruiserweight: Ljubomir Pinchuk (14-2-1, 8 KOs) snagged an eight-round unanimous decision over Jose Mario Flores (8-3-2, 4 KOs) by 80-72, 79-73 2x.

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