INSIDE RINGSIDE 2016 Upset Of The Year: Joe Smith Jr Defeats Andrzej Fonfara

Posted: December 31, 2016 in Breaking News, Personal Thoughts
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Image result for joe smith jrThere were a few fights to choose from for the INSIDE RINGSIDE 2016 upset of the year, and the two that i had trouble choosing between, both involved Joe Smith Jr (23-1, 19 KO’s).   Construction worker from Long Island New York by day, and fighter on the rise by night, had two very memorable victories this year.  He just defeated the future hall of famer Bernard Hopkins a few short weeks ago, which was a huge upset for sure, but not the biggest of the year 2016.  Hopkins was entering the final fight of his career at age 51, something that is unheard of in any sport, so his age prevented me from picking this as the upset of the year.  Hopkins, as great as he once was, is now way past his prime, and it was not that surprising that Joe Smith was able to defeat him.  It was more surprising the way he knocked him out.

The INSIDE RINGSIDE 2016 upset of the year, is Joe Smith’s fight before the Hopkins fight.  Smith shockingly knocked out Andrzej Fonfara in the first round, in a fight where he was a huge underdog.  The fight was supposed to be a tune up for Fonfara, before his potential rematch with Adonis Stevenson.  Joe Smith had other plans that night though.  Plans to put his name on the map, and get another big fight, which eventually led him to a showdown with the great Bernard Hopkins.  Smith rocked Fonfara with a huge counter right hand in the first round.  Fonfara was barely able to stand, stumbling around the ring like a drunk man, and the end would soon come.  Smith would then bull rush Fonfara with another huge right hand that hurt him again.  After a flurry of uppercut/left hook combinations, Smith would daze Fonfara with another left hook, and put him down for good with a straight right hand.  Joe Smith Jr defeating Andrzej Fonfara goes down as the INSIDE RINGSIDE upset of the year.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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