The Beast from the East – Joe Smith Jr. has spoken ahead of his much anticipated light heavyweight title blockbuster against Steve Geffrard on Saturday [January 15, 2022] at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Speaking at Thursday’s press conference ahead of fight night, Joe Smith who has held the WBO light heavyweight title since April 2021 said his focus in to retain the title:

“I can’t wait to be on ESPN this Saturday defending my world title in front of the whole world. I’m extremely happy to be here. There were a couple of moments where I thought I wasn’t going to be here. I can’t wait! Thanks to everyone that made this happen.”

“Since I became a world champion, the only thing that has really changed for me is that I’m holding this title, and I want to keep it that way.”

“Geffrard has been inside the ring training with the best. I’m sure he is going to give it his all and will try to take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Joe Smith became the first boxer to score a stoppage victory [TKO] over former undisputed middleweight world champion Bernard Hopkins at The Forum, Inglewood on December 17, 2016.