Smith Jr: “I Have To Beat Zurdo To Move Forward At Cruiserweight”

Smith Jr. to Bring Everything he Has to Beat Ramirez

Joe Smith Jr. fully focuses on beating Zurdo Ramirez
Joe Smith Jr. fully focuses on beating Zurdo Ramirez | credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank, Sye Williams/Golden Boy/Getty Images

Joe Smith Jr. Sees his Title Shot Through Zurdo Ramirez

Fighting in the cruiserweight division, one-time WBO light heavyweight champion Joe “Common Man” Smith Jr. (28-4, 22KO) is on a mission to capture a second world title. However, before he can realize that dream, he must first deal with former WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (44-1, 30KO) on October 7.

Both former champions are determined to rebound from devastating losses, and their journey to redemption begins with this crucial fight. With Ramirez ranked #7 and Smith #8 by the WBA, the winner could be on the path to a world title shot.


Recognizing the fight’s significance, Common Man expressed his ambition to become a two-time world champion in an interview with Fighthype.

“If I’m offered the opportunities, I believe I can get there quickly, get a title shot, and possibly become a two-time world champion. But, I have to get past Zurdo to even consider moving forward in the cruiserweight division. I’m going to give it 100 percent and see what happens.”

Smith hasn’t stepped into the ring since his title unification loss against hard-punching unified champion Artur Beterbiev in June 2022. Days after the devastating defeat within two rounds, Smith shared a message on social media expressing uncertainty about his future.

For Smith, this fight is a must-win situation. A defeat at this stage in his career could push him out of the main-event spotlight. Boxing fans can catch all the action live from Las Vegas on DAZN.

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