A huge title unification bout between WBC and IBF light-heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev and WBO title holder Joe Smith Jr. headlines a Top Rank Boxing fight card at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, June 18 (6/18/2022).
The main fight card will air on ESPN at 10 p.m. ET, and can be streamed live on fuboTV, ESPN+ and other live TV services. The undercard will be exclusive to ESPN+, and begins at 6:30 p.m.
Beterbiev has gone undefeated for 17 fights, and has knocked out every single one of his opponents. The Russian fighter has defended his IBF title five times since winning it in 2017, and has defended the WBC title once since winning it in 2019.
Smith is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with Beterbiev, however. He beat Maxim Vlasov for the WBO light-heavyweight title in 2021, and defended it in January against Steve Geffrard.
Here’s a look at the main card for Saturday, which will air on ESPN and ESPN+:
Light heavyweight: Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr
Featherweight: Robeisy Ramirez vs. Abraham Nova
And here’s a look at the undercard, which will air only on ESPN+:
Featherweight: Bruce Carrington vs. Adrian Leyva
Welterweight: Jahi Tucker vs. D’Andre Smith
Junior featherweight: Floyd Diaz vs. Daniil Platonovschi
Middleweight: Troy Isley vs. Donte Stubbs
Junior middleweight: Kieran Molloy vs. Jonathan Ryan Burrs
Super welterweight: Wendy Toussaint vs. Asinia Byfield
Super welterweight: Jahyae Brown vs. Keane McMahon
Can I bet on the bout?
DraftKings has Beterbiev at -750 to win, while Smith is the +500 underdog.
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