Joe Smith Jr. Vs. Maxim Vlasov: Smith Jr. Appears to be like To Be part of Mout Rushmore Of Lengthy Island Boxing Royalty — Boxing Information



When Lengthy Island’s, JOE SMITH JR. (26-3 21KO’s) takes on Russian veteran, MAXIM VLASOV (45-3 26KO’s) for the WBO World Gentle Heavyweight Championship on April 10, on ESPN in Oklahoma, he has the chance to engrain his identify amongst Lengthy Island boxing royalty.

Lengthy Island, compromised of simply two counties, Nassau and Suffolk, has a powerful home-grown boxing inhabitants. Boxing gyms are scattered throughout the island breeding each newbie {and professional} expertise. Nevertheless, solely 4 Lengthy Island born boxers have ever held an elusive World Championship.

In 1988, BUDDY MCGIRT (73-6-1 48KO’s) grew to become the primary Lengthy Island born world champion. Hailing from Brentwood, Lengthy Island, McGirt would go on to have a corridor of fame profession, turning into a three-time world champion.

In 2011 Star Boxing began its critically acclaimed Lengthy Island collection, “Rockin’ Fights.” Because of this, simply 5 years from the collection inception, however 38 years after McGirt’s championship, Lengthy Island had its second World Champion when Star Boxing’s CHRIS ALGIERI (24-3 9KO’s) gained the WBO Tremendous Light-weight World Title on the Barclay’s Middle. In an unbelievable effort, Algieri received off the canvas to beat the “Russian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov in 2016 to safe the World Championship.
(Watch Provodnikov-Algieri HERE).

The hassle to construct Lengthy Island boxing continued when, in 2019, Coram Lengthy Island born Marine, JAMEL HERRING (22-2 10KO’S) gained the WBO Tremendous Featherweight World Title towards Japans, Masayuki Ito. Additionally, whereas not normally counted amongst Lengthy Island born and bred Champions, recognition should be given to former world champion, Jake Rodriguez, who resides in Central Islip Lengthy Island, however was born in Puerto Rico.

Now, this Saturday, 2021 may deliver the largest bang for Lengthy Island combat followers. With a win on April 10, Smith Jr. will be a part of the Mount Rushmore of Lengthy Island boxing royalty. “Bringing that title again to Lengthy Island is the whole lot I’ve labored for” mentioned Smith Jr. “It will likely be a giant accomplishment for me, and it’ll result in larger and higher fights.”

In “Widespread Man” trend, this combat has not come with out its hurdles. Initially scheduled for February 13, however later postponed on account of Vlasov testing constructive for COVID-19, Smith has discovered his silver lining, “I’m placing within the work and I ought to be in even higher form than I used to be the primary time. I’ve been by way of a whole lot of up and downs in my profession, however I consider that is going to be the time that I win the World Championship. It’s going to be a fantastic night time.”

“We’ve had great help from Lengthy Island boxing followers and it is extremely rewarding to see the World Championship belts right here once more. Joe Smith Jr is an exhilarating fighter and we look ahead to having one other home-grown Lengthy Island World Champion. Be sure you watch ESPN on April tenth and help Joe Smith Jr. in his quest to win the World Championship.” acknowledged JOE DEGUARDIA, the President of Star Boxing.

Promoted by High Rank, in affiliation with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, the Smith-Vlasov World Championship card might be televised stay on ESPN and ESPN Deportes on April 10 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.


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