At the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden on June 18, Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr. will face off to determine the sole holder of the WBC, IBF and WBO light heavyweight titles. The winner of this fight will be one step closer to becoming an undisputed champion.
Beterbiev 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 this 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.
Smith made his professional debut in 2009. Earlier in his career, Smith won 11 fights by knockout. After losing his first fight in 2010, Smith went on a 17-fight winning streak. He beat Bernard Hopkins in his last fight in 2017. Smith lost to Dmitry Bivol in 2019 for the WBA light heavyweight title. Since then he has won four times in a row. He beat Maxim Vlasov for the WBO light heavyweight title in 2021.
In his last fight in January, Smith defeated Steve Geffrard via TKO to retain the title.
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The Sporting News provides you with all the information you need to watch Saturday’s fight, including the time, channel and fight card.
When does Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr start today?
- Date: Saturday June 18th
- Start time: 6 p.m. ET
- Main card: 10 p.m. ET
- Main event: 11:30 p.m. ET (approximately)
Beterbiev vs. Smith will take place on June 18th. Preliminaries begin at 6 p.m. ET. The main card starts at 10:00 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.
What channel is Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. on?
The Beterbiev vs. Smith main card will air on ESPN+.
In the UK, you can watch the fight on Sky Sports.
Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. Price: How much is the card?
You can pay $6.99 for a monthly subscription to ESPN+ or purchase an annual subscription for $69.99.
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Fight card between Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr
- Artur Beterbiev (c) vs. Joe Smith Jr. (c) for the WBC, IBF and WBO light heavyweight titles
- Robeisy Ramirez vs. Abraham Nova; featherweights
- Wendy Toussaint vs. Asina Byfield; Super welterweights
- Jahyae Brown vs. Keane McMahon; Super welterweights