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Joe Smith: Barrera Fought a Good Fight, I Congratulate Him

Los Angeles - Newly crowned WBC Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KOs) gave a career-making performance, getting off the deck in the first round to take a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Joe Smith, Jr. (23-2, 19 KOs). The judges scored the fight 96-93 and 97-92 twice.
 
"I feel very happy about this win. Joe Smith, Jr. is a great champion, and I respect him very much," Barrera said.

"This title wouldn't have been possible with my amazing team, and my father here tonight was also amazing. When Smith, Jr. knocked me down in the second round, I got back up cause that's who I am. In my fight with Shabranskyy the same thing happened. I shoot back up to get the victory."
 
"Sullivan Barrera fought a good fight and I congratulate him," said Joe Smith, Jr.

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Manny "Chato" Robles, Jr. (13-0, 5 KOs) broke Christian Esquivel (29-12, 22 KOs) down to land the technical knockout victory in the fifth round of a scheduled eight-round featherweight fight. The fighters were in a heavy exchange when Esquivel's corner waved the towel to stop the fight.
 
"It was a strange ending, but he was getting a lot of punishment from me. The referees were actually going to call it after the fifth round finished," said Manny Robles, Jr. "I think my preparation allowed me to win each round, and I am glad I got to do that in front of all my friends and family who were cheering me on here at the Forum."
 
Kick-starting the evening Samar Philippines; Recky Dulay (10-2, 7 KOs) stopped Curundu, Panama's Jaime "Jaimito" Arboleda (10-1, 8 KOs) in the third round in a super lightweight bout that was scheduled for eight-rounds. With a right hand cross to the head that left Arboledo unsteady, Dulay handed Arboleda his first loss.
 
"This was my first fight in California, so it means a lot as I continue to develop my career," said Recky Dulay. "I've been training here in the U.S for about 2-3 months, so I am ready to fight more here now."
 
Berchelt vs. Miura, was a 12-round fight for the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship, was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Teiken Promotions. Corrales vs. Castellanos was presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Smith vs. Barerra was presented by Star Boxing in association with Main Events. The event was sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD and Casa Mexico Tequila.

 

 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by firstborn on 07-19-2017

Earned my respect. Look forward to seeing him make a comeback.

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 07-19-2017

Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post Smith honest and legit even in defeat. He just needs to work on some more skills, more body shots, less relying on power. He is young enough that there can still be many…

Comment by GrandmasterWang on 07-17-2017

Kudos to Joe! He did great with Fonfara and Bhop. He was due for a loss. He's a down to earth, likeable guy. Didn't he get Bhops autograph after their fight? Bhop gave him credit in an interview i saw.

Comment by BoxingFan85 on 07-17-2017

Stay classy Joe!

Comment by p4ptbe on 07-17-2017

[QUOTE=danceswithfire;17865976]ward is the real p4p king as of this moment, no legit excuses there[/QUOTE] if he beats bellew like i think he could even his haters would have to bow down....

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