Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr go head to head in a huge light-heavyweight unification clash this Saturday, June 18th, in New York City.
The fearsome WBC and IBF light-heavyweight champion, Beterbiev, faces the current WBO title holder Joe Smith Jr under the famous lights of the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden. Beterbiev has become one of boxing’s most entertaining and destructive fighters, there’s rarely a dull moment with not a single one of his 17 wins having gone the distance.
The American Smith last suffered defeat to Dmitry Bivol for the WBA light-heavyweight title in 2019. Since then he has gone on a four fight win streak including a majority decision victory over Maxim Vlasov for the WBO light-heavyweight title last year.
With Canelo opting to fight GGG in September, the winner of Beterbiev vs. Smith could potentially face WBA champion Dmitry Bivol in an undisputed title fight. This would either be an all Russian blockbuster or a chance for Smith to avenge his 2019 defeat.
Read Boxing Social’s full fight preview of Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr and find out everything you need to know below.
How can I watch Beterbiev vs Smith?
US fans require a ESPN+ subscription at a cost of $6.99 per month.
UK fans will require a subscription, monthly or daily pass to Sky Sports.
Where is Beterbiev vs Smith?
The fight takes place at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden, New York, USA.
What time does Beterbiev vs Smith start?
Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr takes place on Saturday, June 18th.
The main card is set to begin at 9pm ET for US viewers and 2am UK time. Main event ring walks are scheduled for 11pm ET time which is 4am for UK fans.
All times are subject to change.
Beterbiev vs Smith fight card
- Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. – WBC, IBF, and WBO light-heavyweight titles
- Robeisy Ramirez vs. Abraham Nova – Featherweight
- Wendy Toussaint vs Asina Byfield – Super-welterweight
- Jahyae Brown vs Keane McMahon – Super-welterweight
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