Two heavy-hitting World Champion boxers Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr. are facing off tonight to unify the WBC, IBF, and WBO light-heavyweight titles. Beterbiev vs Smith Jr live stream: How can I watch boxing on TV and online in UK tonight?
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Both fighters are title holders with a knack for knockouts, and fans are expecting an exciting fight. If you count yourself among them, read on: Below is everything you need to know about the big fight, including where to watch Beterbiev vs. Smith on TV and how to live stream Beterbiev vs. Smith online.
Inside Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater on June 18, Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr. will face off to determine the sole holder of the WBC, IBF and WBO light-heavyweight titles. The winner of that bout will be one step closer to becoming an undisputed champion.
Beterbiev made his pro debut in 2013 and won the WBA-NABA light-heavyweight title in 2014. In 2017, Beterbiev won the IBF light-heavyweight title against Enrico Kolling. Beterbiev has defended that title five times. In 2019, Beterbiev beat Oleksandr Gvozdyk to win the WBC light-heavyweight title. In his last fight, Beterbiev beat Marcus Browne to retain the titles.
Smith made his pro debut in 2009. To start his career, Smith won 11 fights via knockout. After losing his first bout in 2010, Smith went on a 17-fight win streak. He beat Bernard Hopkins in 2017 in what would be Hopkins' last fight. Smith lost to Dmitry Bivol in 2019 for the WBA light-heavyweight title. Since then, he has won four in a row. He beat Maxim Vlasov for the WBO light-heavyweight title in 2021.
In his last bout in January, Smith beat Steve Geffrard via TKO to retain the title.
What time does Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. start today?
Date: Saturday, June 18
Start time: 6 p.m. ET
Main card: 10 p.m. ET
Main event: 11:30 p.m. ET (approximately)
Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. fight card
Artur Beterbiev (c) vs. Joe Smith Jr. (c) for the WBC, IBF, and WBO light-heavyweight titles
Robeisy Ramirez vs. Abraham Nova; Featherweights
Wendy Toussaint vs. Asina Byfield; Super-Welterweights
Jahyae Brown vs. Keane McMahon; Super-Welterweights
Unification boxing matches always get fans excited, but Beterbiev vs. Smith Jr. is shaping up to be a special one.
For starters, Beterbiev has an immaculate record: In his 17-fight career, the Russian boxer has knocked out every single opponent. He nabbed the IBF light heavyweight title from Enrico Kolling in 2017 and has defended the belt five times since. In 2019, Beterbiev also took the WBC light heavyweight title after beating Oleksandr Gvozdyk, and later defended both titles against Marcus Browne.
But Smith Jr. shares Beterbiev’s killer instinct with a 28-3 record and an impressive 22 KOs. He’s the current owner of the WBO light heavyweight belt, which he won last year from Maxim Vlasov.
Vegas oddsmakers currently have Beterbiev as a heavy favorite with current odds of -800 compared to Smith’s +450.
Besides Beterbiev vs. Smith, there are some great fights happening tonight before the main event. The co-main event sees featherweights Robeisy Ramirez and Abraham Nova facing off, while other undercard fights include Jahi Tucker vs. D’Andre Smith, Troy Isley vs. Donte Stubbs, and Wendy Toussaint vs. Asinia Byfield.
For all of its faults in recent years, the sport of boxing remains on an upswing for the second straight calendar year, with much of that success fueled by the increase of undisputed championship bouts.
Of the eight male boxers to unify all four recognized world titles in a single division over the past two-plus decades, six have happened since 2017, including four times alone in the past 13 months. On the women's side, four of the five undisputed champions of the four-belt era were crowned in the last three years.
Much of the talk around having a single champion reign over boxing's best divisions have included the hope that welterweight and heavyweight, the sport's two money divisions, would quickly follow suit. Given the ongoing talks surrounding an Errol Spence Jr.-Terence Crawford fall clash and rumors that Tyson Fury is seeking the winner of the planned rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua, it's clear we are getting closer.
One of the occasionally forgotten divisions that is closing in on its own undisputed summit is 175 pounds as unified WBC and IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (17-0, 17 KOs) takes on WBO champion Joe Smith Jr. (28-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York. The winner could be headed toward a four-belt showdown against WBA champion Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs), who most recently upset pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez.
The inclusion of Alvarez to one-off light heavyweight fights in recent years hasn't been enough to bring the kind of attention and anticipation to the division for a single big fight that former champions Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson hoped to 10 years ago by circling one another amid anticipation for a four-belt clash that never came to fruition. The closest this division has came was Kovalev headlining a pair of pay-per-view bouts opposite Andre Ward for three world titles and the crown of P4P best at stake.