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Top Rank Boxing

Joe Smith Jr.’s style does not change fight-to-fight; he fights face-first with a steady diet of pressure and volume. That turned out to be the perfect recipe to knock out Eleider Alvarez in the light heavyweight main event of Top Rank’s card from “the bubble” in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Smith came out from the first round pushing the pace, keeping Alvarez from getting comfortable and throwing with enough volume to force Alvarez into an old bad habit of simply not letting enough punches go. As Smith threw shot after shot, Alvarez only rarely sat down on his dangerous right hand. 

With the rounds ticking by, Smith appeared to be building up a big…

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