Callum Johnson is out of January 15 but against Joe Smith Jr due to Covid, and now the reports came out that Steve Geffrard would replace him.
Dan Rafael confirmed that Joe Smith Jr would put his WBO Light Heavyweight Championship against the unranked Steve Geffrard.
According to DAZN, the promoters of Joe Smith contacted several fighters for the January 15 bout. However, they either turned down the offer or they were not in the correct weight to accept it. Since Steve Geffrard was preparing for his fight against Gonzalo Andreasen, he accepted this bout.
Steve Geffrard only lost the first two fights of his boxing career. Since then, he hasn’t faced any defeat and went on to win 18 consecutive fights.
On the other hand, Smith Jr last defeated Maxim Vlasov last year in April to win the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight Championship.
On January 15, 2022, Joe Smit Jr will defend his title for the first time against Steve Geffrard at the Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, US.