Joe Smith Jr (27-3, 21 KOs) makes the first defense of his WBO light heavyweight title against Steve Geffrard (18-2, 12 KOs) live from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York on Saturday, January 15. The pair squares off in the scheduled for twelve rounds bout headlining the Top Rank Boxing fight card. The date when the event airs live in the UK and Australia is Sunday, January 16.
In the co-main event Abraham Nova (20-0, 14 KOs) goes up against William Encarnacion (19-1, 15 KOs) in a ten-rounder at featherweight. Among the undercard bouts, Omar Rosario (5-0, 2 KOs) meets Raekwon Butler (4-1, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder at junior welterweight, Jahi Tucker (5-0, 3 KOs) faces Akeem Black (6-4, 1 KOs) in a six-rounder at welterweight, and Troy Isley (3-0, 2 KOs) battles it out against Harry Cruz (6-2, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder at middleweight. Kicking off the action Lyubomyr Pinchuk (13-2-2, 8 KOs) takes on Jose Mario Flores (8-2-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder at cruiserweight.
How to watch Joe Smith Jr vs Steve Geffrard live stream
Date: Saturday, January 15
Time: 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT
Prelims: 7:45 pm ET / 4:45 pm PT
Broadcast: Sky Sports
Date: Sunday, January 16
Time: 3 am GMT
Broadcast: FITE TV
Date: Sunday, January 16
Time: 2 pm AEDT
Smith vs Geffrard results
- Joe Smith Jr def. Steve Geffrard by KO (R9 at 0:37) | Watch highlights
- Abraham Nova def. William Encarnacion by TKO (corner stoppage, R8 at 0:55) | Watch TKO
- Omar Rosario def. Raekwon Butler by unanimous decision
- Jahi Tucker def. Akeem Black by TKO (referee stoppage, R2 at 1:18) | Watch TKO
- Troy Isley def. Harry Cruz by unanimous decision (59-53, 59-54, 59-54)
- Lyubomyr Pinchuk def. Jose Mario Flores by unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73, 79-73)
Joe Smith Jr vs Steve Geffrard live blog
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That’s all for today. Until the next fight.
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This is how Joe Smith Jr TKO’d Steve Geffrard.
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Joe Smith Jr stops Steve Geffrard in Round 9 to make the first successful defense of his WBO light heavyweight title.
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Main Event: Joe Smith Jr defends his WBO light heavyweight title against Steve Geffrard. The world championship bout is scheduled for twelve rounds.
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Abraham Nova defeats William Encarnacion BY TKO in Round 8 (corner stoppage).
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Nova dominates Encarnacion.
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Joe Smith Jr warming up.
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Abraham Nova makes his ringwalk.
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Joe Smith Jr backstage.
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Co-main event: Abraham Nova up against William Encarnacion. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds at featherweight.
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Omar Rosario defeats Raekwon Butler by unanimous decision.
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Abraham Nova backstage.
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Rounding up the preliminary card Omar Rosario squares off against Raekwon Butler. The bout is scheduled for six rounds at junior welterweight.
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Jahi Tucker stops Akeem Black.
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Next: Jahi Tucker meets Akeem Black. The bout is scheduled for 6 rounds welterweight.
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Troy Isley defeats Harry Cruz by unanimous decision after six rounds at middleweight.
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Jahi Tucker warming up.
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Up next Troy Isley faces Harry Cruz. The bout is scheduled for six rounds at middleweight.
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The first fight goes the distance. Lyubomyr Pinchuk defeats Jose Mario Flore by unanimous decision after eight rounds.
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Troy Isley warming up.
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This is how Lyubomyr Pinchuk vs Jose Mario Flores unfolding.
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Action begins in five minutes. First up Lyubomyr Pinchuk takes on Jose Mario Flores in an eight-rounder at cruiserweight.
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Joe Smith vs Jr vs Steve Geffrard tale of the tape.
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For those who haven’t seen – check out the full fight video featuring Joe Smith Jr in his previous bout last April when he took a majority decision against Maxim Vlasov to lift WBO light heavyweight title. Highlight clip is below.
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Here is the six-fight bout sheet for tonight/today topped by Joe Smith Jr making a long awaited defense of his WBO light heavyweight title against Steve Geffrard.
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Kicking off live blog. In case you missed it, check out below the final Smith vs Geffrard faceoff at the official weigh-in ceremony conducted yesterday.
Smith vs Geffrard fight card
The full Smith vs Geffrard fight card comprises six bouts in total. The two-fight main card follows four preliminary bouts.
The lineup looks as the following:
- Joe Smith Jr vs. Steve Geffrard, 12 rounds, light heavyweight – Smith Jr’s WBO light heavyweight title
- Abraham Nova vs. William Encarnacion, 10 rounds, featherweight
- Omar Rosario vs. Raekwon Butler, 6 rounds, junior welterweight
- Jahi Tucker vs. Akeem Black, 6 rounds, welterweight
- Troy Isley vs. Harry Cruz, 6 rounds, middleweight
- Lyubomyr Pinchuk vs. Jose Mario Flores, 8 rounds, cruiserweight