Joe Smith Jr vs Sullivan Barrera

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Joe Smith Jr vs Sullivan Barrera
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Date: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Location: 
Inglewood, California
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
175
Titles at Stake: 
WBC International light heavyweight title

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Joe Smith Jr
                                                                    
10
9
9
9
9
9
9.12
9
9.12
9
Sullivan Barrera
                                                                    
8
10
10
10
10
10
9.87
10
9.87
10


Fan Cards: Joe Smith Jr vs Sullivan Barrera


scorecard by CAPMAN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOE SMITH JR
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
83
SULLIVAN BARRERA
8
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
97


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOE SMITH JR
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
91
SULLIVAN BARRERA
8
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
98


scorecard by RUTHLESS-RKO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOE SMITH JR
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
91
SULLIVAN BARRERA
8
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
98


scorecard by ARJ GUY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOE SMITH JR
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
91
SULLIVAN BARRERA
8
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
98


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOE SMITH JR
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
91
SULLIVAN BARRERA
8
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
98


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOE SMITH JR
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
91
SULLIVAN BARRERA
8
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
98


scorecard by ALBERTOCASTANY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOE SMITH JR
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
92
SULLIVAN BARRERA
8
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
97


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOE SMITH JR
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
91
SULLIVAN BARRERA
8
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
98


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

This is an interesting one, very difficult to predict.

Joe Smith is a good solid fighter with a lot of brute strength and power, his two betst victories, without doubt, are his first round knock out over Andrzej Fonfara, and his eighth round stoppage of the legendary Bernard Hopkins. I think Smith is a good all round boxer with a fair amount of skill, he is a very offensive fighter, I don't think he's much of a defensive fighter, but he is methodical with his pressure, punch output, I think Smith's best attributes are his strength and his power. It is easy for a critic to argue that Smith is not as good as he thinks he is, these explosive first round knock outs, they happen, Breidis Prescott is not a better fighter than Amir Khan, just as Derek Edwards is not a better fighter than Badou Jack, and Johnny Gonzalez is not a better fighter than Abner Mares, (Prescott, Edwards, Gonzalez, were the better boxers on the night, but are not the better boxers in general) and as for the Hopkins victory, well however great a fighter he might have been in his prime, however slowly he may have declined, he was still a 51 year old man who hadn't been in the ring for 2 years, and had lost badly to Sergey Kovalev in November 2014, so there is only so much credit we can give Smith based on that victory. On the other hand, he wins once, explosively, he wins again, explosively, that's twice, what does the guy have to do to get recognition?, wins over Fonfara and Hopkins are great, under the circumstances, maybe they are not quite as impressive as they seem, especially the Hopkins victory, but he still deserves a lot of credit, to be taken seriously and considered in the mix amongst the best in the division. I think Smith desreves more credit than he gets, but also has a lot to prove.

Sullivan Barrera is underrated in my opinion, he may not be so well known, his biggest fight so far in his career and really only fight which was really high profile, he lost, he lost very wide, but to who?, to one of the best boxers on the planet, and Ward didn't look comfortable throughout that fight, and although for last two thirds, he was winning everything, he was only able to maintain his work and level of superiority he had asserted, rather than become increasingly dominant, he wasn't really able to break Sullivan down, and most of the rounds were narrow, so he shouldn't just be remembered as another guy who got schooled, I think he looked no worse than Froch, Abraham, Kessler did against Ward. Barrera has a decent resumé, he records victories over Karo Murat, Jeff Lacy, before he fought Ward, he took a couple of unbeaten records from guys who were at least 7-0, and after losing to Ward, he stopped the previously undefetaed Vyacheslav Shabranskyy. I think this fight is a great opportunity for Barrera, he has been looking for a big fight, the fight against Artur Beterbiev fell apart, which was a shame. I think Barrera is a challenge for anyone, he's big for the weight, he's conventional, but what he does within his own range of skills, he does very well indeed. I think Barrera was the most intelligently selected opponent for Andre Ward to have faced for his first fight at light heavyweight.

I find it very difficult to make a prediction, but I have been able to. I think Joe Smith Jr will win this fight, I think will be competitive, I think it will be close in the eyes of some, but I think Smith will win. I think the first 6 rounds will be very close, I can see Smith pushing Barrera back, but struggling to find the accuracy, I think, at times, Smith might get out boxed by Barrera, which will be interesting, we saw him get out boxed for a certain amount of time against Hopkins, and we know how he finsihed that fight, but it will be interesting to see how he adapts against a man who isn't 51 and coming off a 2 year layoff. I think the second half of the fight will be dramatic, I think if it is close after 8 rounds or so, they will both want to start taking risks, and I think if that happens, then it will be Smith who gets the better of it, I think he will best the second half of the fight, scoring two late knockdowns over a fatigued, hurt Barrera, I think it will anybody's fight on a everyone's scorecard after 10 rounds, and then Smith will take over and swing the fight his way. I think Smith will win an UD (115-111, 115-111, 114-112).

I think Barrera will box out of his skin, I think he is extremely confident, extremely motiavted to win this fight, I can easily see how Barrera might even believe he can make it an easy fight. If Barrera wins this fight, then what a victory, it might not be the victory it would be had Smith beaten an on form Fonfara and a younger, more consistent Hopkins, but it would still be a great win, and it would surely set up big opportunities for the future, maybe a world title shot. I think Barrera will try to capitalise upon the fact that there is more pressure on Joe Smith to win this fight, I think he will use this to try to really frustrate his possibly one dimensional opponent. There is some pressure on Barrera to win this fight, I mean, it is one thing to lose to Andde Ward, but that shouldn't take away much if any of his belief and ambition to box his way to the very top, I think we will see very much an on form Barrera.

I think this is a chance for Joe Smith to really make a statement, people have to give him a lot more credit if he wins this, it's going to be a tough fight, I'm 95% sure, I think he's stepping up in class (although on paper, he's already done that), Barrera should be able to bring the best out of him, I think he'll go 12 rounds for the first time, I think he will have to think, I think he will have to be adaptable, I think he will have to his skill and ability at this level, but I think, when challenged, when he's in a fight which is close, against the best opponent he's faced, I think he'll do very well, he won't come apart, but instead come on strong, and finish the fight in dominant form. If Smith loses this fight, (and it wouldn't surprise me) and it's close, it will obviously be disappointing, his critics may feel they didn't under praise him for his questionable wins, but I think he can use it as a learning experience, if he loses badly, I'd be very surprised, it would be very sad to see, but I very much doubt that will happen. I think win or lose, we will learn a lot about Smith Jr in this fight, but if he wins as I think he will, then there many great match ups to be made, 175 is the most underrated division out of all of them in my opinion, and there are many great fighters there, maybe Ward will take on Smith if he wins against Barrera (maybe Smith will try to outdo Ward's win over him, I think that would be very unlikely, and I think to go out of his way to do so, would be a mistake), and secures a win streak, against good opponents, maybe he can earn that opportunity, I think even with the win over Barrera he wouldn't be an undeserving opponent. Nathan Cleverly, Marcus Browne, Badou Jack, Artur Beterbiev, many others, there are many great fights out there for Joe Smith, if he is as good as I think he is, then I think he might well have the beating of some of these guys, Cleverly, Browne, I think might be very winnable fights for him, definitely interesting ones, as are Smith against opponents in the division who I think are better than these guys, so if Smith wins, then I think it will be good for the light heavyweight division, and make it an even more competitive weight category.

albertocastany's picture

i just cannot get on the Joe Smith wagon. It's true he's got a couple of spotlight victories, but still I see limitations in his boxing. I just don't think he's got the brain to get to the next level.
Barrera is a savvy fighter that will make this fighr Hard for smith. I still think Smith will get the win, but he will look blemished in the process

rorschach's picture

Hope this one delivers!

albertocastany's picture

dafuq? changed to 10 Rounds at mid fight?

rorschach's picture

Lol, yeah strange you'd think they would at least inform HBO. Disappointed in Smith's performance, he could have at least tried to go for it in what he knew was the final round.

albertocastany's picture

crazy...anyway...normal boxing world I suppose

albertocastany's picture

Really happy about the result. Barrera deserved the win, as he proved to be the more intelligent and skilled fighter. Through the fight it looked like Smith could land a massive sledgehammer to turnoever the direction of fight, as he stunned Barrera in a couple of ocassions. Nonetheless, Barrera showed his superior boxing through most of the fight as he was successful on neutralizing most of Smith's harder weapons. Good win.

Champion97's picture

Unbelievable performance from Sullivan Barrera! I think he beats Adonis Stevenson.