Smith edges Vlasov by decision, wins WBO title

It has been a long road towards a world championship for Joe Smith Jr. He scored knockout victories over the likes of Bernard Hopkins and Andresz Fonfara but also lost to Dmitry Bivol and Sullivan Barrera, and the loss to Bivol made it look like it would be tough for the native of Long Island to get another title shot. A big win over former … Continue reading Smith edges Vlasov by decision, wins WBO title

Smith-Vlasov fight postponed due to COVID test for Vlasov

The WBO light heavyweight title fight between Joe Smith Jr. and Maxim Vlasov which was scheduled for February 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has been postponed. Vlasov received news that his COVID-19 test results came back positive. Therefore he is unable to compete on that date. Vlasov said, “I am devastated with the postponement of my world title fight against Joe Smith … Continue reading Smith-Vlasov fight postponed due to COVID test for Vlasov

Joe Smith vs. Maxim Vlasov for vacant title on February 13th

The light heavyweight division will crown a new world champion in February as Joe Smith Jr. will take on Maxim Vlasov for the WBO light heavyweight title. It will be held in the MGM Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas and promoted by Top Rank in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Patriot Promotions. Smith and Vlasov are fighting for a title that has been … Continue reading Joe Smith vs. Maxim Vlasov for vacant title on February 13th

Top Rank signee Maxim Vlasov part of WBO tournament

On March 10th, Top Rank Boxing signed 33 year old Maxim Vlasov (45-3, 26 KOs) to a promotional contract, and he will be participating in a tournament to determine who will be the WBO light heavyweight champion. Vlasov will fight Umar Salamov (25-1, 19 KOs) in the summer, and the winner will fight for the WBO title against Joe Smith Jr. or Sullivan Barrera. Vlasov … Continue reading Top Rank signee Maxim Vlasov part of WBO tournament