By Coach K
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.
The 26 year old Smith a power punching a talent with a impressive amateur pedigree including three Junior Olympic Championships, three Empire State titles, four New York Metro Championships and two NY Golden Glove titles returns to action when the Local 66 Union worker headlines Star Boxing’s popular “Rockin Fights 23” card April 23rd at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island. (click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPy5tY4rM_o to see “The Beast”)
Trained by the “Fighting” Capobianco’s Jerry and Phil, the fast rising “Beast” of a light heavyweight come off his best performance in his toughest test to date decisively outpointing the more experienced Will Rosinsky in his own back yard.
Smith, 20-1, 16Ko’s, carrying a 76% KO ratio, first known as “The Irish” Bomber” for his raw punching power now going by the “The Beast” mostly for his rigid training habits and “all in, give no quarter” boxer / puncher fighting style takes on LA based Brazilian “Pitbull”, Fabiano Pena in the Rockin Fights ten round main event.
The 28 year old “Pitbull” 16-4-1, 12Ko’s who’s loses come to unbeatens Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, Trevor McCumby, Ahmed Elbiali and D’Mitrius Ballard comes in off a January 20th 3rd round TKO stoppage of previously unbeaten se Mendoza.
The lethal punching “Beast” kicking off his pro career October 31st, 2009 with a first round stoppage of David Brown, ran running off seven straight KO wins when fighting with a multi fractured jaw suffered his first and only defeat August 7th, 2010 dropping a freak 4th round TKO loss to Lawrence, Massachusetts, “banger” Eddie “Thunder” Caminero.
The Caminero loss labeled as “freak” because after dominating the first round and all but the last twenty seconds of the second the Smith hit by a “Thunder” combination never wobbled or showed he was injured until the sturdy gladiator was examined by the ringside doctor between rounds.
Unknown to the all ringside Smith, displaying more courage and heart than anyone not carrying an M-16, the young Irishman went on to fight and win most of the next six minutes before succumbing to the pain after being shouldered in a clinch from what was diagnosed later that evening as a double fractured jaw.
Following surgery and a liquid diet Smith returning to action eleven months later would rebound winning his next five inside the distance before then being forced to go the distance in his next three bouts scoring dominant point wins over Hamid Abdul-Mateen, Lamont Williams and Sacramento, California’s cagey veteran Otis Griffin.
The “Irish Bomber” would return to his KO ways March 2014 stopping Michael Gbenga, Tyrell Hendrix, Maxell Taylor and Cory “Black Ice” Cummings in his last bout this past April.
Smith a fight fans fighter, trained by the “Fighting” Capobianco’s, Gerry and Phil, carrying a good stiff, Tunney styled tactical jab, moves with the prowess of a Billy Conn. Armed punching with bilateral power showcasing Fitzsimmons left hook and “Sailor” Tom Sharkey right staying behind a Jack O’Brien high guard defense attacks to the body and head with a relentless unforgiving assault reminiscent of “Irish” Bob Murphy.
Evaluating the whole package, Smith with his composed aggressive style, impressive offensive skills, tight defense and battle tested chin, parlayed with his natural punching power “The Beast” is destined to be someone to be reckoned with when some of the ducking dodging upper echelon of the light heavyweight division decides to get busy.
That said, there is no doubt that “The Beast” the oldest of seven brothers and one sister to second generation Irish immigrants runs green inside and out. Nor is there any question of the high quality boxing skills and pulverizing punching power represented in his impressive record.
Just ask Will “Power” Rosinsky or Newark, New Jersey veteran Cory “Black Ice” Cummings who having fought some of the best professional fighters, including Chris Henry, Keith Holmes, William Joppy (twice), Montell Griffin, Isaac Chilemba, Azea Augustama and Yusaf Mack was stopped in the second round on Smith’s last bout in April.
Better idea, get your ticket and come see for yourself April 23rd when “The Beast” is released on LA’s Fabian Pena in the main event of Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing Rockin Fights 23rd card at Paramount Theatre, in Huntington, New York.
In chief support of the Smith Jr. vs Pena main event is a very attractive ten round jr. welterweight co-feature matching a pair of popular Paramount warriors in a crossroads fight with Huntington’s, Alan Gotay, 8-2, 4Ko’s taking on Hicksville’s, Anthony “Showtime” Karperis, 11-2, 4Ko’s.
In a special battle of Brooklyn super welterweight’s Courtney Pennington, 8-3-1, 4Ko’s takes on Shawn Cameron, 10-1, 5Ko’s with Woodhaven, New York, welterweight Danny “El Gallo” Gonzales, 10-0-1, 4Ko’s, Coram, NY super bantamweight Michael Stoute, 1-0 and Elmont, NY super lightweight Terrell Bostic, 1-0, 1Ko all scheduled to see action with their opponents expected to be announced soon.
For ticket information you can call Star Boxing, (718) 823-2000 or The Paramount box office, (631) 673-7300, or Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1 (800) 745-3000. Tickets are selling very fast so get your orders now.