Dhafir Smith Returns to FL Facing the Cuban Savigne Tonight!
Dhafir Smith Returns to FL Facing the Cuban Savigne Tonight!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 30, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Mike McGuigan)
Dhafir Smith
Dhafir “No Fear” Smith, 26-22-7 (4), of Philadelphia returns to the state of FL Friday night to challenge Cuban Umberto Savigne, 9-1 (7), now out of Miami for his WBA Fedelatin light heavyweight title he won in May over Richard Hall in a knock down drag down battle! The fight will be at the BB&t Center in Sunrise, FL.

Just shy of 2 years ago Smith came to St. Petersburg, FL, and upset former IBF/IBO super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy, over 10 rounds.  Lacy has yet to fight again since.  In Smith’s last fight he won the PA light heavyweight title over Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante in May. 

The 33-year old Savigne had 3 fights as a cruiserweight before losing his only fight and dropping down to the light heavyweight division.  He has scored knockouts in 5 of his last 6 fights except to Quinton Rankin whom Smith also decisioned 3 weeks later in January of this year. 

The 30-year old Smith who trains at the James Shuler Gym, in West Philadelphia is managed by gym owner Buster Custus.  Sharing the training are former IBF light middleweight champion Rob “Bam Bam” Hines and Marty Shuler for whom his brother James Shuler the gym was dedicated to.   Smith helped prepare Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack for his losing effort last weekend in the UK in an attempt to defeat Carl Froch for his IBF super middleweight title.  Smith has also been sparring with former NBA champion Prince Badi Ajamu.

“The winner of this fight is promised a ranking in the WBA.  Savigne has had 490 amateur fights.  I saw his last fight with Hall and took the fight when they offered it,” said Smith.  The card promoted by Henry Rivalta’s Acquinity Sports and will feature 6 bouts at 10 rounds headlined by former world WBO super bantam, super featherweight and IBF lightweight champion the unbeaten Joan Guzman who meets Russia’s Khabib Allakhverdiev for the vacant WBA and IBO light welterweight title.   Johnny Bos will serve as matchmaker.


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