Three of the four world light-heavyweight belts are on the line today as Artur Beterbiev puts his WBC and IBF straps against WBO champion Joe Smith Jr at the world-famous Madison Square Garden. Beterbiev (17-0, 17 KOs) is the knockout artist, while Smith Jr (28-3, 22 KOs) has the pedigree of more famous names on his CV and has the home crowd with him in what promises to be a fascinating clash of styles.
Ring walks are expected at approximately 11 pm ET / 4 am BST (Sunday morning). The fight is available on standard cable and satellite channels in the US, UK and Australia, including a free streaming option. Make sure you know how to get a Beterbiev vs Smith Jr live stream from wherever you are.
Date: Saturday 18th June 2022
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York
Start time: 9 pm ET / 2 am BST (Sun) / 11am AEST (Sun)
Ring walks: 11 pm ET / 4 am BST (Sun) / 2pm AEST (Sun)
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UK stream: Sky Sports (opens in new tab) / Now TV (opens in new tab)
US stream: ESPN+
Artur Beterbiev is a contender for one of the biggest knockout artists in world boxing today. The 37-year-old Russian, who now lives in Canada, has stopped every one of his 17 opponents so far in an impressive professional career in which he has held a version of the world title since 2014. A brilliant amateur who fought at the 2008 Olympics – losing controversially to home favourite and eventual gold medallist Zhang Xiaoping – Beterbiev has evolved his front-foot pressure style into an aggressive one-punch philosophy which is yet to miss its mark.
Joe Smith Jr may be the big underdog coming into the fight, but the Long Island native will certainly have the benefit of the home turf in his back pocked as he looks to add Beterbiev's WBC and IBF belts to his own WBO strap he picked up in a controversial April 2020 decision against Maxim Vlasov.
The Irish Bomber packs a strong right hand, one which was good enough to defeat former two-weight world champion Bernard Hopkins earlier in his career. He hasn't quite managed to live with the elite, however, and lost to Dmitry Bivol in March 2019.
The fight takes place over 12 rounds in the light-heavyweight division at the world-famous Madison Square Garden, New York, United States. Boxing fans will be treated to a packed card featuring two-time Olympic gold medallist Cuban Robeisy Ramirez vs Abraham Nova over 10 rounds in the featherweight, plus a handful of local up-and-coming prospects as yet awaiting opponents including Bruce Carrington and Jahi Tucker.
Fans in the US can enjoy the fight tonight (Sunday morning in the UK and Australia). Make sure you know how to watch a Beterbiev vs Smith Jr live stream from where you are.
AUS: Watch a Beterbiev vs Smith Jr FREE live stream
Those in Australia can watch Beterbiev vs Smith for free with a Kayo Sports free trial. ESPN is the rights holder for the the big fight in Australia and you can tune into ESPN on the Kayo Sports platform. Ring walks will be at approximately 2pm AEST on Sunday afternoon.
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US: Watch Beterbiev vs Smith Jr free live stream
Beterbiev vs Smith Jr is available in the States on cable channel ESPN. You can also watch via ESPN+, and even catch a free live stream of the fight through cable-cutting service Hulu Live thanks to the 7-day free trial of Hulu Live.
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Watch Beterbiev vs Smith Jr live stream in UK
Boxing fans in the UK will be able to watch Beterbiev vs Smith Jr on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action in HD. Take a look at the best Sky TV deals if you're interested in signing up and watching this fight and many more in top quality.
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Beterbiev vs Smith Jr full card
Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr – 12 rounds, WBC, IBF, WHO world light-heavyweight titles
Robeisy Ramirez vs. Abraham Nova– 10 rounds, featherweight
Bruce Carrington vs. TBA – 6 rounds, featherweight
Jahi Tucker vs TBA – 6 rounds, welterweight
Troy Isley vs. TBA – 6 rounds, middleweight
Kurt Walker vs TBA – 4 rounds, featherweight
Kieran Molloy vs TBA – 4 rounds, junior middleweight
Wendy Toussaint vs Asinia Byfield – 8 rounds, super welterweight
Jahyae Brown vs. Keane McMahon – 6 rounds, super welterweight
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