Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of Beterbiev Vs Smith Jr

We've got you covered ahead of an intriguing light-heavyweight unification in New York
06:55, 13 Jun 2022

New York plays host to a fascinating light-heavyweight unification this weekend when IBF and WBC world title-holder Artur Beterbiev takes on WBO champion Joe Smith Jr at the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden.

Beterbiev has built a reputation as one of the sport’s premier knockout artists with 17 wins from 17 fights all coming by way of stoppage. The fight marks the Russian-born Canadian’s sixth title defence since picking up the vacant IBF strap in 2017, and third since acquiring the WBC title in 2019. Smith Jr meanwhile is making the second defence of the WBO bauble he picked up in April last year.

Here’s everything you need to know about an intriguing showdown in the Big Apple. 

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Where: Hulu Theater, Madison Square Garden, New York.

When: Saturday 18th June.

How To Watch: Sky Sports Action. The card will begin at 2am UK time (Sunday 19th), with the main event expected at approximately 4am. 

Tale Of The Tape:

Beterbiev

Place Of Birth: Khasavyurt, Russia

Age: 37

Alias: N/A

Record: 17-0 (17)

Height: 5’11½’’ 

Reach: 73’’

Stance: Orthodox

Last Fight: Beterbiev survived a nasty cut to stop Marcus Browne in nine rounds in Montreal back in December, retaining his IBF and WBC light-heavyweight straps in the process. 

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Smith Jr

Place Of Birth: Long Island, New York, USA

Age: 32

Alias: The Common Man 

Record: 29-3-2 (22)

Height: 6’0’’

Reach: 76’’

Stance: Orthodox

Last Fight: Steve Geffrard took a fight with Smith Jr at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in New York on just eight days’ notice, stepping in for Callum Johnson. Smith Jr won in style, landing a 16-punch combination in the ninth to send the late replacement to his knees and force his corner to wave the fight off.

What They Say:

Beterbiev

“I look forward to the challenge ahead of me. Joe Smith Jr. is a worthy champion, but I am coming to Madison Square Garden to add another world title to my collection.

“This fight will get me one step closer to becoming undisputed champion.”

Smith Jr

“I am extremely excited and focused on this task I have ahead. Facing Beterbiev is huge. It is going to be a fight that fans remember forever, with two of the biggest punchers in boxing today facing off. This opportunity is a dream of mine to accomplish. Fighting with three titles on the line is one step closer to becoming undisputed.”

Full Fight Card (Subject To Change):

Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith, WBC, IBF & WBO light-heavyweight world titles

Abraham Nova vs Robeisy Ramirez, featherweight 

Wendy Toussaint vs Asinia Byfield, super-welterweight

Jahyae Brown vs Keane McMahon, super-welterweight

Bruce Carrington vs TBA, featherweight 

Jahi Tucker vs TBA, super-lightweight

Troy Isley vs TBA, middleweight

Kurt Walker vs TBA, super-featherweight

Kieran Molloy vs TBA, super-welterweight 

Betfred Odds (Subject To Change):

Beterbiev: 1/9

Draw: 25/1

Smith Jr: 6/1

Betfred's Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr Fight Odds*

*18+ | BeGambleAware

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