Don't Miss A Moment Of Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr Boxing tonight live Beterbiev has defended that title five times. In 2019, Beterbiev beat Oleksandr Gvozdyk to win the WBC light-heavyweight title.
By Mark Eisner: Light heavyweight champions Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr. headline tonight in a unification fight at 175 on ESPN. The action will be shown on ESPN and ESPN+ from madison Square Garden in New York.
Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr are set to unify a trio of light heavyweight titles tonight on ESPN, in what promises to be a hard-hitting main event.
In the night’s co-feature, Robeisy Ramirez will face Abraham Nova in a good featherweight matchup set for 10 rounds, and there will also be prelims on ESPN+ featuring notable Top Rank prospects Jahi Tucker, Troy Isley, Bruce Carrington, Floyd Diaz, and more.
Wil Esco will be on the round by round call for the main card fights starting at 10 pm ET, and I’ll be in here from 6:30 pm ET for the prelims with highlights and results, all of that in this stream:
In the scintillating co-feature, featherweights Robeisy Ramirez and Abraham Nova do battle for ten rounds in a fight that has the potential of outshining the main event.
Boxing News 24 will be giving live updates & results below of the action tonight on the Beterbiev vs. Smith card.
“Is your plan to box from long range and walk him into a right hand? Do you want to push the tank backward, the guy that is always coming forward, backward, what’s the plan?” said Max Kellerman on Max on Boxing in talking to Joe Smith Jr about his plan for his fight tonight against Artur Beterbiev.
When Joe Smith Jr. narrowly defeated Maxim Vlasov in April 2021 to win the WBO light heavyweight title, a unification bout with WBC and IBF titleholder Artur Beterbiev instantly became a can't-miss matchup.
Two of the biggest punchers in boxing will meet on Saturday at New York's Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden (10 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+ with prelims on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET) in what shapes up as an explosive action fight for as long as it lasts. Beterbiev, boxing's only champion with a 100% KO percentage, is an 8-1 favorite, according to Caesars Sportsbook, and with good reason.
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Saturday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+: Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. undercard
Saturday, June 18, 10 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+: Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr., 12 rounds, for Beterbiev's WBC and IBF light heavyweight titles and Smith's WBO light heavyweight title
Beterbiev (17-0, 17 KOs), of Russia, is consistently on the cusp of the pound-for-pound list -- if not in the top 10. He is a precise puncher who knows just where and when to place his shots, and has the engine to carry that power into the later rounds.
Never was that more on display than against Oleksandr Gvozdyk in October 2019, a title unification Beterbiev won via 10th-round TKO after he floored his foe three times.
But Beterbiev is 37 and showed vulnerability when he was knocked down by Callum Johnson in a 2018 fight. And he's been inactive, competing only twice since he defeated Gvozdyk. And during that time, Smith (28-3, 22 KOs) has shown vast improvement.