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In a unification world title fight, Artur Beterbiev (King Artur) and Joe Smith Jr. (The Irish Bomber) put their light-heavyweight belts on the line. Beterbiev brings the WBC and IBF belts. Smith Jr. brings the WBO belt. Let's take a look at the stats, odds of winning, and the prediction for this fight.
This fight between Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr. took place on at the Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.
At 183 cm, Joe Smith Jr. is the taller of the two by 3 cms; Artur Beterbiev is 180 cm. Besides being the taller fighter, with a reach of 193 cm, Smith Jr. also has a good reach advantage of 8 cms over Beterbiev's 185 cm. On top of that, Smith Jr. also has a 5 cm ape index advantage over Beterbiev.
Beterbiev is coming in to this fight with an undefeated record of 17-0 (17 KOs). His last fight was 6 months and 1 day ago against Marcus Browne, which he won via 9th round KO.
Smith Jr. comes in with a record of 28-3 (22 KOs). His last fight was 5 months and 3 days ago against Steve Geffrard, which he won via 9th round TKO.
Both the fighters fight out of the orthodox stance.
On the day of the fight, Beterbiev will be 37 years and 4 months old. Smith Jr. will be 32 years and 8 months old.
After considering the both the fighters' stats and their performance patterns, the winning odds is calculated to be at 58-42 in favor of Artur Beterbiev. Here is the prediction for Beterbiev vs Smith Jr.
Artur Beterbiev defeated Joe Smith Jr. via 2nd round TKO to win the WBO light-heavyweight title and retain the WBC and IBF light-heavyweight titles. Smith Jr.'s 4 fight win streak comes to an end, and Beterbiev advances his win streak to 18. Beterbiev is now 18-0, and Smith Jr. 28-4.