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WBO light heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr. (27-3, 21 KOs) will make the long-awaited first defense of his world title against Callum Johnson (20-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday, Jan. 15 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Smith-Johnson kicks off the Top Rank on ESPN 2022 schedule. Smith was supposed to defend his title Oct. 30 in New York City, but a COVID-19 diagnosis delayed his return to 2022.


Joe Smith: “I am glad to be getting back into the ring as quickly as I am to defend my WBO world championship after having COVID. It is not the fight the fans or I expected, but this will be an explosive fight between two huge punchers. I look forward to facing Johnson and defending my belt in front of my fans, as well as putting on a great show for the ones watching at home.”


Callum Johnson: “Joe is a good world champion, and we’re both big punchers. I’m looking forward to it as much as I’m sure he will be. I also would like to thank Frank Warren and the team at Queensberry, who said they would deliver me a world title shot. They’ve done their job, and now it’s time for me to do my job in the ring and become the new WBO light heavyweight champion.”


In the 10-round featherweight co-feature, the undefeated Abraham “El Super” Nova (20-0, 14 KOs) will face Jose Enrique Vivas (21-1, 11 KOs).

Source: Fightnews


Good fight. Must end in a knockout.

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