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[Vlasov vs Smith Jr: boxing] Joe Smith Jr. vs Maksim Vlasov Live fight Card, tv channel, start time
April 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tonight on ESPN+ and ESPN — as well as BoxNation in the UK — Joe Smith Jr and Maxim Vlasov headline Top Rank’s first non-bubble card in over a year, fighting for the vacant WBO light heavyweight title in Tulsa.
How to Watch Smith vs Vlasov
Date: Saturday, April 10 | Start Time: 10:00 pm ET (Main) / 5:30 pm ET (Undercard)
Location: Osage Casino – Tulsa, OK
Streaming: ESPN+ | TV: ESPN (Main)
Online Coverage: BadLeftHook.com
Smith is coming off of a career year in 2020, when he beat Jesse Hart and Eleider Alvarez back-to-back, while Vlasov hasn’t fought since Nov. 2019 and recently had a positive COVID test, which pushed this fight back from its February date.
Prelim action starts at 5:30 pm ET on ESPN+ and features Robson Conceicao, Albert Bell, Sonny Conto, Duke Ragan, and more.
Undercard (ESPN+, 5:30 pm ET)
Robson Conceicao (15-0, 7 KO) vs Jesus Antonio Ahumada (17-3, 11 KO), junior lightweights, 8 rounds
Albert Bell (17-0, 5 KO) vs Manuel Rey Rojas (20-4, 6 KO), junior lightweights, 8 rounds
Sonny Conto (6-0, 5 KO) vs Waldo Cortes (6-3, 3 KO), heavyweights, 4 rounds
Duke Ragan (3-0, 1 KO) vs Charles Clark (3-6-1, 1 KO), featherweights, 6 rounds
Jeremiah Milton (2-0, 2 KO) vs Jayvone Dafney (2-2, 2 KO), heavyweights, 4 rounds
Main Card (ESPN and ESPN+, 10:00 pm ET)
Joe Smith Jr (26-3, 21 KO) vs Maxim Vlasov (45-3, 26 KO), light heavyweights, 12 rounds, for vacant WBO title
Efe Ajagba (14-0, 11 KO) vs Brian Howard (15-4, 12 KO), heavyweights, 10 rounds
Jared Anderson (8-0, 8 KO) vs Jeremiah Karpency (16-2-1, 6 KO), heavyweights, 8 rounds
Smith vs. Vlasov preview
Wise knows both fighters will be motivated to take advantage of the elusive opportunity to become a world champion after coming short in their previous attempts.
Smith (26-3, 21 KOs), 31, is a Long Island native whose rugged style fits the background of someone who is accustomed to paying his dues.
He also owns the most noteworthy moment between the two fighters: In December 2016, he knocked iconic former champion Bernard Hopkins through the ropes and on to press row on live cable television, ending the career of “The Executioner” with a startling uppercut that lifted him off his feet and out of the ring.
However, Smith has gone 3-2 since and missed out on a chance at a major world title. He dropped a unanimous decision to Dmitry Bivol in March 2019 for the WBA light heavyweight title.