Artur Beterbiev and fellow light heavyweight titleholder Joe Smith Jr. will unify three of the four major titles Saturday at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York (ESPN).Boxing Junkie will post results of the featured bouts on the card immediately after they end. Simply return to this post when the time comes.
In the co-feature, Abraham Nova is scheduled to face Robeisy Ramirez in a 10-round featherweight bout.
The televised/streamed portion of the card begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Full coverage – a fight story, photo gallery and analysis – will follow on separate posts the night of the fight and the following day.
The IBF and WBC light heavyweight champion is a heavy favorite over the WBO titlist.
On Saturday, IBF and WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev and WBO titlist Joe Smith Jr. lock horns in a title unification bout from the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The much-anticipated bout Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr for the WBC, IBF, And WBO Light-Heavyweight Title is scheduled to take place on 18th June, 2022, we take a look at the venue, betting odds, predictions, tickets, undercard, date, time, purse PPV price for the fight
The world’s attention will once again be drawn to New York, where WBC and IBF light-heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev will face WBO champion Joe Smith Jr. in a major unification bout.
With all 17 of his victories coming by means of stoppage, Beterbiev has established himself as one of boxing’s best knockout artists. However, on Saturday night, he will face an opponent in Smith Jr. who will not be hesitant to fight toe-to-toe with the WBC and IBF champion.
Whoever wins in New York will be aiming for an outright title fight against WBA (super) champion Dmitry Bivol, who defeated Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez last month.
Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr Fight Schedule, Date, Time, Purse, Tickets, Full Undercard, Odds, Prediction, Venue And Live Stream
The battle will take place at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York on Saturday, June 18th, 2022. On the undercard of Beterbiev vs Joe Smith, Robeisy Ramirez vs Abraham Nova will battle in a featherweight contest. Tickets can be bought from here.
The main card will begin at 2 a.m. BST / 9 p.m. ET, with main event ring walks beginning at 4 a.m. BST / 11 p.m. ET. The fight between Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr. will be a 12-round Light Heavyweight Division match with the WBC, IBF, And WBO Light Heavyweight Title at
Full Fight Card
Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr. : For Beterbiev’s WBC and IBF Light Heavyweight Division Title & Smith’s WBO title
Robeisy Ramirez vs Abraham Nova: Featherweight
Wendy Toussaint vs Asina Byfield: Super Welterweight
Jahyae Brown vs Keane McMahon: Super Welterweight
Betting Odds And Prediction
Beterbiev’s knockout-to-win ratio of 100 percent also aids his chances. Anyone who is in the way of the Russian’s lethal strength will be crippled. Beterbiev averages 18.8 knockout shots per round while throwing 63.4 shots per round. Smith is lagging behind, averaging 13.2 shots per round and throwing 52.6. Beterbiev has a total connect percentage of 34.4 percent, whereas Beterbiev has a total connect percentage of 36.9.
Experts are backing Beterbiev to snatch a victory from Joe Smith and maintain his perfect winning record with 100% KO wins.
Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr. When And Where to Watch: Live Stream And Telecast
In the United States, the fight will be shown on ESPN+, while in the United Kingdom, the unification bout will be broadcast on Sky Sports. To watch the match, fans can become ESPN+ subscribers by paying $6.99 for a monthly membership or $69.99 for an annual subscription.
As always, there are plenty of bets to be made with a big-time boxing card. Let's take a look at some of them.
BetMGM (as of Friday, June 17) has Beterbiev installed as a massive favorite — coming in at -800, meaning you'd need to bet a whopping $800 just to win $100. Meanwhile, Smith is a live underdog at +500, meaning if you pluck down $100, you will win $500 if the American can score the upset and walk out of New York City with three-fourths of the light heavyweight titles.
Beterbiev (17-0, 17 KOs) has only one time in each of the last two times. His sole 2021 outing was in December, knocking out Marcus Browne in the ninth round to continue his streak of being the only champion in the sport to win every fight by KO.
Smith (28-3, 22 KOs) became the WBO titleholder, defeating Maxim Vlasov in April 2021. He successfully defended the belt in January, knocking out Steve Geffrard in the ninth round.
Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. prediction
Thinking about this fight give fans all kinds of good feeling inside. Why? Because Beterbiev and Smith only know one way to fight, and that's going forward. They are willing to eat a shot to land a significant shot.
The odds are high in favor of Beterbiev which is shocking considering both guys are champions and Smith is a better fighter than many are making him out to be. Beterbiev is one of the best in the sport but Smith is no slouch. He gave WBA champion Dmitry Bivol a tough test, beat Jesse Hart and knocked out Eleider Alvarez.
Unless you have an obscene amount of money or are bored, putting any currency on Beterbiev is a bad play. Smith by stoppage is the best play +900 as Beterbiev has been knocked down in the past by Callum Johnson in October 2018. Smith is a heavier puncher than Johnson.
I think both guys will score knockdowns in the fight, but the power of Beterbiev will be too much for Smith to overcome, and he will hold three 175-pound titles. Don't count Smith out there by any means, as he has the power to put the lights out on Beterbiev and bet the +900 on a Smith stoppage.