IBF/WBC mild heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev and WBO champion Joe Smith Jr. combat tonight in a 12-round unanimous match at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York. ESPN and ESPN+ will likely be exhibiting this excellent Prime Rank promoted occasion tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Robeisy Ramirez fights Abraham Nova within the can’t-miss co-feature bout in featherweight motion.
Boxing 247 will likely be giving stay updates & outcomes under of the motion:
“Beterbiev fought numerous guys, however not numerous punchers like Joe Smith, who fought with a damaged jaw, who answered the bell in all types of conditions, and but, Beterbiev is the favourite for a purpose right here,” mentioned Max Kellerman on Max on Boxing.
Beterbiev-Smith Jr. undercard:
Robeisy Ramirez vs. Abraham Nova
Wendy Toussaint vs. Asinia Byfield
Bruce Carrington vs. Adrian Leyva
Jahi Tucker vs. D’Andre Smith
Floyd Diaz vs. Daniil Platonovschi
Troy Isley vs. Donte Stubbs
Jahyae Brown vs. Keane McMahon
“If he wins as a result of Smith has already fought Bivol [and lost], the winner of this combat, at any charge, has Dmitry Bivolout there in the event that they’re . We all know Joe Smith is keen to make these sorts of fights.
“If Beterbiev is and we get Beterbiev, the tank, the come ahead man that breaks everybody down, the man within the Russian system that everybody feared vs. Bivol, the grasp boxer, who simply boxed circles round Canelo. Each are undefeated for all of the marbles at mild heavy.
“There’s a great probability that occurs, however first he has to get by means of the facility of Joe Smith, and for so long as this combat is happening, not solely will you see motion, however you’ll be on the fringe of your seat as a result of it may finish at any second,” mentioned Kellerman.
“Max, you bought to grasp that when you’ve got two energy punchers, two strain fighters within the ring, while you have a look at the historical past and have a look at George Foreman, Ron Lyle. You’ll be able to have a look at Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, additionally when he fought towards Joe Frazier, these typical fights don’t final greater than six rounds,” mentioned Bradley.
“The tank fighter, the Joe Frazier type of man when he fights the George Foreman, and I’m not saying Joe Smith is George Foreman, however stylistically, he’s obtained to get by means of the hazard zone so as to get mid-range, short-range the place Beterbiev excels,” mentioned Kellerman.
“He’s obtained to get by means of the long-range bombs of Joe Smith. He might have to soak up a few of these coming in, and if he can, what does Joe Smith do? He can’t simply let Beterbiev come at him the entire combat. He can’t simply transfer. He’s obtained to determine a solution to make the tank go backward,” mentioned Kellerman.
“He’s going to should combat slightly bit and field slightly bit. He has to combine up his assault,” mentioned Tim Bradley.
“In the event you like boxing, particularly violent boxing, don’t miss the sunshine heavyweight unification combat,” mentioned Kellerman.