- Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr goes Saturday, June 18th, at 9:00 pm ET
- Beterbiev is highly favored to secure the win
- Check out the Beterbiev vs Smith Jr odds, analysis, and predictions, below
Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr transpires at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York, and broadcasts on ESPN+. The former is hugely favored over the latter in the Beterbiev vs Smith Jr betting odds, priced at -800.
Let’s analyze the Beterbiev vs. Smith Jr odds via DraftKings Sportsbook as we provide our best bet for the bout.
Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr Odds
|Joe Smith Jr||+550|
Odds as of June 13th via DraftKings Sportsbook.
This fight features 75 percent of the major light-heavyweight hardware on the line.
The looming title unification affair sees Beterbiev bringing in his WBC and IBF belts while Smith Jr enters the ring as WBO champion.
Artur Beterbiev’s Betting Outlook vs Smith Jr
Beterbiev is the most accomplished KO puncher among reigning world champions and his one100% finishing rate stands out like a neon sign on a pound-for-pound level.
The undefeated berserker is readying for his first fight of the calendar year. Beterbiev aims to make the sixth defense of his IBF crown and the third of his WBC reign.
The remaining 25 percent of the light heavyweight championship picture can be filled out with the context of WBA champion Dmitry Bivol.
A subsequent title unification clash could very well await the winner of Saturday’s collision. Beterbiev is the only unified champion in the division, has been a recognized world champion for the better part of the last half-decade, and is poised to follow his path to the end ie/ an undisputed championship affair.
Beterbiev vs. Smith Jr Recent Fights
|Marcus Browne, win via KO||Fight 1||Steve Geffrard, win via KO|
|Adam Deines, win via TKO||Fight 2||Maxim Vlasov, win via MD|
|Oleksandr Gvozdyk, win via TKO||Fight 3||Eleider Alvarez, win via TKO|
|Radivoje Kalajdzic, win via KO||Fight 4||Jesse Hart, win via SD|
While Beterbiev has a tremendous track record for knockouts, he has supremely refined fundamentals and a high fight IQ that creates those highlight-reel moments.
Despite the lopsided line for this one, he does have a very stiff test in front of him in the form of Joe Smith Jr.
Joe Smith Jr’s Betting Outlook vs Beterbiev
While not flawless like his opponent, Smith Jr has an high stoppage rate in his own right.
An impressive 79% of Smith Jr’s victories have taken place inside the distance and the ringside judges will more than likely have a night off in relation to this main event.
While a sizable betting underdog, the former construction worker from Long Island has shocked the oddsmakers many times over and Smith Jr has been quite the inspiring story over the last few years.
This fight has far more parity than the oddsmakers’ betting line conveys.
Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr Tale of the Tape
Artur Beterbiev vs Joe Smith Jr Prediction
This prizefight is scheduled for twelve rounds but I do not see this one encroaching past that final bell.
Smith Jr has only previously been stopped one time as a professional. But I think that will change this weekend.
Prop bets on this bout not going the distance, Beterbiev winning via KO or TKO, and Beterbiev winning between rounds 7-9 all present good value in my estimation.
Pick: Artur Beterbiev (-800)