Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr Fight: What You Need To Know

Latest Update / Jun 17,2022

Get ready for a hard-hitting Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr match for the WBO light heavyweight titles. Artur will seek to continue his march in his professional boxing career when he goes against his upcoming rival, who is more experienced than him. The match will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The venue will give a great backdrop to the Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr WBO light heavyweight title fight. The night is sure to see fans from all over the country pour in to view this exciting event. There are thousands of fans who will tune in for the night. Bob Arum is promoting the match on both live streaming apps and television. The match will have some light heavyweight world championships on the line. The victor of this match will get the belts of that division from WBO, IBF, and WBC. The match will be very highly fought without any wasting of time. Saul Alvarez had found that out when he stepped into the ring earlier that year, only to be handed a humiliating points defeat.

There is just no space for candidates in this division that have not done their homework. This is because the boxers in this division are in better shape than they have been for many years. The winner of this match will go up the ladder in their professional boxing career. They will go on with the unification match everyone would like to see. This may be the year that the fans may finally have a single recognized champion in the globe in this weight division. The overall scenario will get much clearer on this point after the Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr match. This is because Artur wants to continue on his winning path by defeating a rival who has fought more bouts. But he has also experienced some defeats recently. But this does not mean that you can take your eyes off any one of these boxers.


Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr Odds


The odds before the Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr match show that there is not much to get excited about for the fans if they want to back Artur to win this match. There are a few ways that fans can go about with this match. The odds offered by most high-ranking betting apps are not a lot on Artur. That means that if a fan plans to go big on the favorite for the night and back him at high stakes, they will not get a huge return for their money. This data may save the fans some effort and time when they consider what kind of bets to place. This is because these odds will chase away most of the casual and regular bettors of the sport. Putting in a substantial amount for a small profit is a big risk when the result can go either way in the sport. A single night of upsets and the betting journey can be over for many people. They may turn away from betting on the sport ever again. If that is the case, you may bypass the bets for the night's winner and instead bet on the various specials on offer.

The winning method challenges the bettors to choose the boxer they think will win on the night and how they will get that result, by points or by knockout. When you research any prospective match and find out about the form of both the boxers involved in the match, you may find a probable method of victory in this match. That is what has happened this time also.


Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. Prediction


Arthur has fought sixteen matches in his professional boxing career. He has won all those matches, and all of them have come by knockouts. The boxer is a resident of Canada and has great power in his hands. In his last match half a year ago, he defeated Marcus Browne in Canada near the end of the match. When we go back even further, we can see that he has been able to stop each of his previous couple of rivals late in his matches, when there were only a few rounds remaining. He has great power, which has been experienced by the fans who have seen him fight. Still, he is not a knockout king who only has the power of a single punch. The boxer enjoys taking his time and grinding down his rivals before knocking them out. The higher the rankings, the better the rivals he will face. He will have to go even harder during his training sessions and be prepared to get involved in a slugfest in the near future.

Several boxers have great power but do not have the stamina to continue if they cannot get rid of their rivals in the early rounds. The other boxers do not have the ring intelligence and the tactics to win a match if they go against a rival who can tackle their power and keeps coming forward. There is no other plan for them as their power means they never needed many skills in the ring. But that is usually not the situation with Artur. He has the boxing ability, patience, skills, and stamina to blast any rival out of the match or the skills not to take hits from his rivals. He can also use good counter punches and dispatch his opponent when the speed finally catches up with them.

Former champ and analyst Duke McKenzie said, "With the recent spate of unification fights, this is the best of the bunch. Beterbiev is a human wrecking ball. No, he's more than that. He also possesses an intelligence not gifted to men his weight. Beterbiev is a brilliant all-rounder who will surely be put through the wringer when he fights Smith Jr. in this mouth-watering unification fight. Smith goes into this on a four-fight winning run. I wouldn't back against Smith if he was fighting anyone else, and I mean no one. But I see Beterbiev as the winner via split decision." Professional boxing trainer Rudy Hernandez said, "Beterbiev vs. Smith looks to be a really good fight as they both seem to like to engage. The fight will be competitive as long as it lasts. Smith's jab will give Beterbiev a bit of a problem at the beginning, but once Beterbiev overcomes it, he'll break down Smith little by little. I think Beterbiev will stop Smith in the second half of the fight. Beterbiev is getting older and is slowing down a bit, but in this fight, I think he will have enough of what it takes to beat Smith by late stoppage."


Artur Beterbiev Stats 

Nationality: Russian 

Born: January 21, 1985 

Height: 6-0

Reach: 73 inches

Total fights: 17

Record: 17-0 with 17 wins via knockout


Joe Smith Jr. Stats 

Nationality: American

Born: September 20, 1989

Height: 6-0

Reach: 76 inches

Total fights: 31

Record: 28-3 with 22 wins via knockout


Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. Fight Card

  • 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



The Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr fight should be a great match for the fans of the sport. This is because they will see a matchup of offensive punchers. The question among the fans is who will land their punches first. If the fight becomes one of the grinds, the person that is able to absorb the power of his rival will emerge as the winner. Artur is quite old already and has had a long amateur career. He may now start to show some signs of wear and tear. There are also questions regarding the ability of Smith to deal with the pressure of a boxer who is as relentless and strong as Artur.