Bivol vs. Smith WBA Title Fight
Set For March 9 At Turning
Matchroom USA, Star Boxing, and World of Boxing held a press
conference to announce the site and date of the highly
anticipated light heavyweight showdown between undefeated
WBA World Champion DMITRY BIVOL (St. Petersburg, Russia,
15-0 11KO's) and title challenger, the "common man" JOE "THE
BEAST" SMITH JR. (Mastic Beach, NY, 24-2 20KO's)
With a room full of media in attendance, Bivol's exciting
and eagerly anticipated fourth title defense against Long
Island's own, Smith Jr. was announced and is set to take
place on MARCH 9TH at TURNING STONE RESORT & CASINO located
in Verona, New York. The fight will be live on DAZN.
Bivol is coming off of a 2018 that included three title
defenses against SULLIVAN BARRERA, ISSAC CHILEMBA, and JEAN
PASCAL. Argued by many as the top light heavyweight in the
world, Bivol will be taking on a challenge in the arguably
the hardest hitting light heavyweight in the world, Smith
Jr. Smith Jr., burst onto the boxing scene as a fighter of
the year finalist and knockout of the year winner in 2016
due to his devastating knockout of hometown favorite,
ANDRZEJ FONFARA, and later that year, his unimaginable
knockout of legend BERNARD HOPKINS through ropes.
QUOTES AND PHOTOS:
CEO of Star Boxing Joe DeGuardia:
"We know about [Joe Smith Jr.'s] humble background as a
laborer, working with the union. He comes from a real hard
"Joe always seems to be doing the things that are not
expected. I know he's humble, but he has a real knockout
"Joe has made the best of his opportunities. He did it
against Fonfara and he did it against Bernard Hopkins. We
are very excited for him to have this opportunity to go win
a world title."
Matchroom Promoter Eddie Hearn:
"The main event for the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship
of the World is going to be a fabulous fight"
"This is a big opportunity for Joe Smith, and its a pleasure
again to be working with Joe DeGuardia"
JOE SMITH Jr. addressed the media:
"This is a huge opportunity for me and I am going to take
advantage of it."
"I've worked very hard, trained very hard. I'll give it
everything I have and come March 9th, hopefully take the
"Thank you DAZN, Bivol and Star Boxing for giving me this
DMITRY BIVOL said this about March 9TH:
"Thank you all the guys who work with me and help me. I am
glad that my team decided the way of my career, and the way
we will work with DAZN."
"Thank you [to] Joe Smith Team and Joe Smith for taking this
fight. I think we will make a good fight. I will keep my