This past Saturday, December 17th, Mastic-Shirley’s Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr. retained his WBC International Light Heavyweight title with a “special 8th round knockout of Philadelphia legend Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins.
The 27-year-old Smith a graduate of William Floyd High School a former amateur standout at Shirley’s long time Atlantic Veteran’s Boxing Club claiming the title with a devastating first round knockout of Andrzej Fonfara in June turned the legend’s retirement party, to a “Beast” coming out party, blasting the “The Executioner” through the ropes for an 8th round TKO win LIVE on HBO from the LA Forum, in Inglewood, California.
Promoted by Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing and trained by the fighting Capobianco’s Phil and Gerry, Smith a laborer for Local 66, known as “The Beast” for his grueling training sessions, unfazed by the legends “Special vs Common” pre-fight psych out came out hard, keeping it simple sticking with his all pressure, power punching attack pushing the action imposing his will forcing “The Executioner” to fight his fight, at his pace, setting the tone putting the former champion on his heels with high hard right to the temple, in round one.
Continuing to stick to his fight plan, the well-coached Long Islander known early on as “The Irish Bomber” for his power punching attack, remained in control for most of the scheduled 12 rounder pressuring and pounding Hopkins to the body and head forcefully breaking him down, backing the Philadelphia legend to the ropes in round eight with thundering right launching his Philly opponent from the ring with a heavy five punch combination.
“The Executioner” clearly hurt and unable to return to the ring and continue Smith by rule was rightfully declared the KO winner at 0:53 of the round, making him the sole fighter to stop the 65-fight future Hall of Famer.
Always in negotiations to fight, Smith, 23-1, 19Ko’s doing much of his training at Shirley’s Unique Fitness is expected to return to action after a short but well-deserved break early in 2017.
Our congratulations goes out to our homegrown champion!
Story submitted by Coach K, www.StrictlyBusinessBoxing.com