HUNTINGTON, New York, April 9
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Known simply as Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr., the 25-year-old boxer from Mastic is heading to The Paramount on April 18 for the 18th installment of Star Boxing President and CEO Joe DeGuardia’s “Rockin’ Fights” series.
Smith Jr. (17-1; 14 KOs) will face Baltimore-veteran Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (18-8-1; 13 KOs) in a light heavyweight 10-round main event – with an undercard still to be announced in the days leading up to the fight.
Smith Jr., a six-year pro, earned his first main event at The Paramount after defeating Maxell Taylor via TKO in just 37 seconds on Dec. 12, 2014. The win extended Smith Jr.’s winning streak to 11-straight with his only defeat coming on Aug. 7, 2010 to Eddie Caminero at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.
Born in Mastic, Smith Jr. enjoyed an impressive resume as an amateur, including two New York Gold Glove and New York City Metro titles. His fighting style has been described as a combination of Philadelphia Jack O’Brien, former light heavyweight world boxing champion, and Irish Bob Murphy, former Irish-American light heavyweight boxer.
But after Smith Jr.’s only defeat, the boxer was forced to sit out for nearly entire year as he recovered from surgery to repair multiple fractures in his jaw, which he suffered in the bout with Caminero. Since then, however, Smith Jr. has returned to the ring in style with seven knockouts in his last 11 fights.
In fighting Cummings, however, Smith Jr. is expected to face one of the toughest matchups of his fighting career. Cummings – a boxer who started his career with 15-straight wins – has stepped into the ring with some of the best top super middleweights and light heavyweights in the game.
“Joe Smith takes a big step up in class taking on Cory Cummings,” DeGuardia, Smith Jr.’s promoter through Star Boxing, said in a press release. “Cummings is no easy mark for anyone and Smith knows he will be in for a fight.”
DeGuardia said that Smith Jr. and his team – including manager Jerry Capobianco – asked for matchups with quality boxers like Cummings because they truly believe in “The Irish Bomber’s” ability.
“I can guarantee another action-packed night,” DeGuardia said.
Tickets for “Rockin’ Fights” are available from the box office or at http://www.paramountny.com for $50-$200. The doors are set to open at 7 p.m. on April 18, with the fights scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, April 9, 2015; A19)