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Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov date, fight time, odds, TV channel and live stream

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Joe Smith Jr. fell short of becoming a champion in the only time he challenged for a world title, but that was against the undefeated Dmitry Bivol. So, there's no shame in that.

Now, more than two years since that loss, the blue collar bruiser will once again look to become a world champion when he clashes with Maxim Vlasov for the vacant WBO light heavyweight title. It all takes place Saturday night at the Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event's co-feature will pit undefeated heavyweight Efe Ajagba against Brian Howard.

Since losing by unanimous decision to Bivol in March 2019, the 31-year-old Smith has defeated Jesse Hart via split decision in January 2019 — although it clearly should have been a unanimous decision — and then delivered a ninth-round knockout of Eleider Álvarez in August of the same year.

Of course, Smith is still known best for ending the career of Bernard Hopkins by knocking him out of the ring in December 2016, as he holds the distinction of being the only man to ever defeat the boxing legend by stoppage.

Vlasov is on a winning streak himself, having recorded three consecutive victories including a unanimous decision over Emmanuel Martey in November 2019 — his last time out. The 34-year-old Russian has managed to do this after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Krzysztof Głowacki during the World Boxing Super Series in November 2018.

Only one man can be crowned world champion. Here's everything you need to know about Smith vs. Vlasov.

Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov fight date, start time

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  • Date: Saturday, April 10 (Sunday, April 11 in the UK)
  • Coverage: 10 p.m. ET/3 a.m. GMT
  • Smith vs. Vlasov event (approx): 11:15 p.m. ET/4:15 a.m. GMT

The Smith vs. Vlasov fight card takes place on Saturday, April 10 at 10 p.m. ET/3 a.m. GMT. Smith and Vlasov are expected to make their ring walks at approximately 11:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. GMT, although that depends on the length of the earlier bouts.

Smith vs. Vlasov TV channel, live stream

  • TV / Stream (US): ESPN/ESPN+
  • TV / Stream (UK): Boxnation

Smith and Vlasov will have their WBO light heavyweight championship tilt live on ESPN, while the main card and undercard will stream live on ESPN+.

Where is the Smith vs. Vlasov fight?

Smith vs. Vlasov will be held live from the Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Smith has never fought in Oklahoma, however, Vlasov fought at the venue back in 2011.

Smith vs. Vlasov fight odds

As of early Tuesday (April 6), BetMGM has Smith as a -350 favorite, meaning that you'd need to bet $350 to earn $100. Meanwhile, a $100 wager on Vlasov could net you $240 if the Russian generates an upset.

Joe Smith Jr. record and bio

  • Nationality: American
  • Born: September 20, 1989
  • Height: 6-0
  • Reach: N/A
  • Total fights: 29
  • Record: 26-3 with 21 knockouts

Maxim Vlasov record and bio

  • Nationality:  Russian
  • Born: September 11, 1986
  • Height: 6'3 1/2"
  • Reach: 76 1/2 inches
  • Total fights: 48
  • Record: 45-3 with 26 knockouts

Smith vs. Vlasov fight card

  • Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov for the vacant WBO light heavyweight championship
  • Efe Ajagba vs. Brian Howard; Heavyweights
  • Jared Anderson vs. Jeremiah Karpency; Heavyweights
  • Robson Conceicao vs. Jesus Antonio Ahumada; Junior Lightweights
  • Albert Bell vs. Manuel Rey Rojas; Junior Lightweights
  • Sonny Conto vs. Waldo Cortes; Heavyweights
  • Troy Isley vs. LaQuan Evans; Middleweights
  • Duke Ragan vs. Arturo de Islas; Featherweights
  • Jeremiah Milton vs. Jayvone Dafney; Heavyweights

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