Light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. caused quite a stir in the boxing world Saturday night by scoring a sensational first-round stoppage win over local favorite Andrzej Fonfara at the UIC Pavilion, presented by Premier Boxing Champions on NBC.
Neither fighter even had much time to warm up before Smith caught Fonfara with a devastating overhand right that dropped him. Fonfara beat the count, but remained on very unsteady legs.
A huge left hook scored a second knockdown for Smith and crumpled Fonfara into the corner. He was in no shape to beat the count, let alone continue, and referee Hector Afu halted the contest just 2:32 into round one.
“Now everybody knows who I am. This is the best thing that could have happened,” Smith said. “I’ll talk to my promoter, but I’m hoping for another big fight to get myself to a world title.”
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