The man who knocked out Bernard Hopkins, Joe Smith Jr, has earned himself a speaking appearance next month in New York.
The Joe Smith Jr story is as inspiring one as you’ll come across in boxing.
It’s little surprise that people are starting to take notice really.
Humility and hard work have been prevalent throughout Smith’s tenure as a professional thus far (23-1-19KO).
Smith still works as a full-time construction labourer in between fights, something you don’t that often hear in top level boxing, particularly for a guy that just beat a living legend in Bernard Hopkins (December 2016).
This down to Earth approach to life and blue collar work ethic has unsurprisingly won him many fans since beating Hopkins.
Prior to that, big hitting Smith also defeated the highly respected Polish operator Andrzej Fonfara inside the distance.
Next month on February 23rd Joe Smith Jr has been invited to speak as a guest in New York at the latest meeting of the organization Ring 8.
It will take place at 7pm at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant which is at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square, New York.
Ring 8 is an interesting group who represent boxers’ and ex-fighters’ best interests.
They are run by a group of veteran boxers themselves in New York.
They look to help people in the boxing community who may have fallen on hard times and have a short, but powerful message of:
“Boxers helping boxers.”
No doubt WBC international light-heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr’s tale perseverance will inspire all in attendance.