By: Coach K
(August 26th, 2015) After seeing the widely broadcast video of a Irish boxer tourist, Mohammed Fadel Dobbous taking on a Turkish crowd last week I couldn't help but think of Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith Jr.
Watching the video and seeing the man described as a tourist / Irish professional boxer deck one of the attacking mob with a single shot, Smith's natural punching power quickly came to mind.
Smith, 25 years old from Mastic, Shirley Long Island, is a talented professional boxer who comes from a impressive amateur career, including two New York Gold Glove and four New York Metro titles. Smith who carries the moniker "The Irish Bomber" because of his raw punching power is 18-1, 15Ko's as a pro . Thats a 80% KO ratio higher than that of greats like Marvin Hagler and Stanley Ketchel .
The lethal punching Smith, kicked off his pro career October 2009 with a first round stoppage of David Brown, running off seven straight KO wins before suffering his first and only defeat August 2010 suffering a freak 4th round TKO loss to Lawrence, Massachusetts, banger Eddie "Thunder" Caminero.
The Caminero loss labeled as "freak" because after dominating the first round and all but the last twenty seconds of the second the Smith hit by a "Thunder" combination never wobbled or showed he was injured until the sturdy gladiator was examined by the ringside doctor between rounds.
Unknown to the all ringside Smith, displaying more courage and heart than anyone not carrying an M-16, the young Irishman went on to fight and win most of the next six minutes before succumbing to the pain after being shouldered in a clinch from what was diagnosed later that evening as a double fractured jaw.
Following surgery and a liquid diet Smith returning to action eleven months later would rebound winning his next five inside the distance before then being forced to go the distance in his next three bouts scoring dominant point wins over Hamid Abdul-Mateen, Lamont Williams and Sacramento, California's cagey veteran Otis Griffin.
The "Irish Bomber" would return to his KO ways March 2014 stopping Michael Gbenga, Tyrell Hendrix, Maxell Taylor and Cory "Black Ice" Cummings in his last bout this past April.
Smith a fight fans fighter, trained by the “Fighting” Capobianco's, Gerry and Phil, carrying a good stiff, Tunney styled tactical jab, moves with the prowess of a Billy Conn. Armed punching with bilateral power showcasing Fitsimmons left hook and "Sailor" Tom Sharkey right staying behind a Jack O'Brien high guard defense attacks to the body and head with a relentless unforgiving assault reminiscent of “Irish” Bob Murphy.
Evaluating the whole package, Smith with his composed aggressive style, impressive offensive skills, tight defense and "steel" tested chin, parlayed with his natural punching power it shouldn't be long before he makes his way to big name fights at the upper echelon of the light heavyweight division.
News Update: Turns out it has been miss reported that tourist in the above video was Irish, nor is he a professional boxer but is a Kuwaiti-born "Irish citizen" named Mohammed Fadel Dobbous with no professional boxing experience. That said, there is no doubt that Smith Jr. a second generation product Irish immigrants runs green inside and out. Nor is there any question of the high quality boxing skills and pulverizing power represented in his impressive record.
(photo Joe -Cummings or video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68DDsNDFivw)
Just ask Newark, New Jersey veteran Cory "Black Ice" Cummings who having fought some of the best professional fighters, including Chris Henry, Keith Holmes, William Joppy (twice), Montell Griffin, Isaac Chilemba, Azea Augustama and Yusaf Mack was stopped in the second round on Smith's last bout in April.
Better idea, get your ticket and come see for yourself September 11th when "The Irish Bomber" takes on Flint, Michigan's, Shujaa El Amin in the main event of Joe Deguardia's Star Boxing Rockin Fights 20 card at Paramount Theatre, in Huntington, New York.
Also scheduled for action on Rockin Fights 20:
Hicksville, New York's Anthony "Showtime" Karperis, 10-2, 3Ko's faces Denver, Colorado's Jose "El Asesino Caro Niño" Morales, 8-6, 2Ko's in eight rounds of super featherweight action.
In a scheduled six round female super featherweight bouts Brooklyn, New York's, Ronica "Queen" Jeffrey, 13-1, 1Ko squares off against Moriarty, New Mexico's, Brenda "Boom Boom" Gonzales, 4-1, 1Ko.
In six round super featherweight action Huntington, New York's, John "Hitman" Hernandez, 4-1, 1Ko takes on Longmont, Colorado's, Helario Medina, 2-7.
The complete "Rockin Fights 20" undercard is expected to be announced soon be announced soon.
For ticket information you can call Star Boxing, (718) 823-2000 or The Paramount box office, (631) 673-7300, or Ticketmaster or by calling 1 (800) 745-3000. Tickets are selling very fast so get your orders now.