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HBO Boxing: 1-on-1 with Joe Smith Jr.

Joe Smith Jr. takes on Sullivan Barrera tomorrow on HBO’s Berchelt-Miura card.

Light heavyweight contender Joe Smith Jr. takes some time catch up with Kieran Mulvaney, in what appears to be a parking lot, to talk about his big fight this weekend against Sullivan Barrera. Check out some excerpts of what he had to say below...

Smith Jr. on juggling a job as a construction worker while training as a professional prizefighter:

“It’s tough sometimes but, uh, you know, now I can manage the two. When I need to I take off work and I focus on my training, but whenever I can use some extra work I always have a job to fall back onto.”

On if he got additional satisfaction by knocking Bernard Hopkins out after he kept teasing him about being a ‘common man’:

“Yeah, definitely. I mean, um, I’m a common man and I feel I still have to prove myself a little bit and with every fight I’m gonna improve on things and prove to the world that I deserve a title shot and hopefully I get it soon.”

On what opportunities he expects to open up with a win over Barrera:

“Well yeah, after this fight I hope that I either get [Adonis] Stevenson, [Sergey] Kovalev, or [Andre] Ward. You know, those are the three fights that I really want. I’m looking to fight for a world title and any one of those fights would be great.”

On what he thinks the key is to beating Barrera:

“Just to stay busy, outwork him, and use my power when I can.”

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