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Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. date, start time, odds, schedule & card for 2022 light-heavyweight unification fight, The fight marks Beterbiev’s (17-0, 17 KO) sixth title defense since smashing Enrico Koelling for the vacant IBF belt in 2017 and his third since adding the WBC belt to his collection with a 2019 knockout of Oleksandr Gvozdyk. Smith (28-1, 20 KO), meanwhile, makes his second appearance as champion, having stopped late replacement Steve Geffrard in January. It’s an excellent matchup even without considering the stakes, pitting arguably the premier knockout artist in the spot against an inordinately tough and relentless foe.

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“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,” Beterbiev said. “This fight will get me one step closer to becoming undisputed champion.”Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr official for June 18th on ESPN

A huge light-heavyweight unification fight will be taking place under the bright lights of New York City on June 18. Inside Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater, Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr. compete to determine the sole holder of the WBC, IBF, and WBO light-heavyweight titles.

A 2009 World Championships gold medalist, Beterbiev also competed in the Olympics. He made his pro debut in 2013 and won the WBA-NABA light-heavyweight title in 2014. In 2017, Beterbiev won the IBF light-heavyweight title against Enrico Kolling. Beterbiev has defended that title five times.

In 2019, Beterbiev beat Oleksandr Gvozdyk to win the WBC light-heavyweight title. In his last fight, Beterbiev beat Marcus Browne to retain the titles and to hold onto his undefeated knockout-to-win ratio.

Smith made his pro debut in 2009. To start his career, Smith won 11 fights via knockout. After losing his first bout in 2010, Smith went on a 17-fight win streak. He beat Bernard Hopkins in 2017 in what would be Hopkins' last fight. Smith lost to Dmitry Bivol in 2019 for the WBA light-heavyweight title. Following that, he has won four in a row. He beat Maxim Vlasov for the WBO light-heavyweight title in 2021.

In his last bout in January, Smith beat Steve Geffrard via TKO to retain the title.

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The winner of Beterbiev vs. Smith will most likely face WBA champion Dmitry Bivol in an undisputed title fight.

Here is a complete guide for Beterbiev vs. Smith, including the start time, fight card, price, updated betting odds, and more. The Sporting News will be providing updates as time goes on.

When is Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr.?

Date: Saturday, June 18

Start time: 6 p.m. ET

Main card: 10 p.m. ET

Main event: 11:30 p.m. ET (approximately)

Beterbiev vs. Smith takes place on June 18. The prelim fights will start at 6 p.m. ET. The main card begins at 10 p.m. ET and Beterbiev and Smith should make their way to the ring around 11:30 p.m. ET. That depends on how long the undercard fights last.


[[LiveStream]]Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr Boxing Match June 18th, 2022

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