In a devastating turn of unforeseen events, the realm of boxing mourns the tragic loss of Alex Smith. The younger brother of ex-WBO light heavyweight champion, Joe Smith Jr., who fell victim to a heart-wrenching shooting incident over the weekend.
Alex Smith gunned down in a horrible New York bar altercation!
The unfortunate incident took place in Mastic Beach, New York. Reports from various Long Island news sources reveal that the 30-year-old Alex Smith was engaged in a heated confrontation in the parking lot of the popular local bar, Linsa Torr’s Place, situated on Neighborhood Road.
Tragically, at about 2:00 a.m. Smith was shot by an unnamed assailant on Saturday, leaving him dead at the crime scene. The location was pretty quickly blocked off by the authorities so that they could conduct proper investigation, but no real clues have yet been found.
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) May 22, 2023
Alex Smith was a valued member of the Smith family, who ran the successful Team Smith Tree Service business in the neighboring town of Shirley. Notably, Joe Smith Jr., renowned for his prowess in the boxing ring, also actively contributed to the family enterprise while simultaneously pursuing his boxing career.
Left behind are Alex’s wife and four young children, aged between ten months and nine years, as they struggle to comprehend the immense loss they have suffered. During this difficult time, our team extends deep condolences to the grief-stricken Smith family, with a special acknowledgment of Joe Smith Jr., who understandably remains unavailable for comment.
How has Joe Smith Jr. been doing inside the ring?
Joe Smith Jr. (28-4, 22KOs) last competed in the ring in a thrilling match against unified light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev, securing a second-round knockout victory in their much-anticipated multi-belt championship unification clash at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York City.
The fight marked the end of Smith’s reign as the WBO light heavyweight titleholder, a position he had proudly held for over a year since his triumphant twelve-round points win over Maxim Vlasov in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in April 2021.
The aftermath of Alex Smith’s shooting!
To aid with the funeral and memorial expenses, as well as to provide support for Alex’s bereaved family, a dedicated online donation portal has been established through GiveSendGo by Joe Smith Sr., the patriarch of the family.
The diligent detectives assigned to the investigation are pleading with anybody with information to contact the Suffolk County Murder Department at 631-852-6392 or call the Crime Stoppers confidential tip line at 1-800-220-TIPS in order to secure their cooperation in bringing justice to this horrible tragedy.