Like a movie: Shirley’s blue collar hero Joe Smith Jr. fights mighty Russian for title Feb. 13

It’s “‘Rocky IV’ come to life,” says boxing promoter Bob Arum, and it stars none other than Shirley’s own Joe Smith Jr. as the hard-punching, blue collar hero. Smith’s light heavyweight championship bout against Russian veteran Maxim Vlasov in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 13, will be televised live on ESPN at 10 p.m. The … Continue reading Like a movie: Shirley’s blue collar hero Joe Smith Jr. fights mighty Russian for title Feb. 13