Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. – Predictions and Free Betting Pick

Last Updated on June 16, 2022 3:37 pm by Erwin Noguera

This Saturday, Madison Square Garden gets a show that no boxing fan wants to miss. 

The Hulu Theater will host the Light Heavyweight Unification fight between Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr. as the main event of the night.

With these two excellent lightweight champions in the ring, there are no chances to blink, as we expect one hell of a fight.

Boxing Preview – Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. Betting Odds & Free Pick – Info

When: Saturday, June 18th at 10:00 pm ET

Moneyline odds: Artur Beterbiev -640 / Joe Smith Jr. +470

Draw Offs: 

Where To Watch: ESPN+

Why Bet on Artur Beterbiev

Beterbiev made his pro debut in 2013 and won the WBA-NABA light-heavyweight title in 2014. In 2017, he won the IBF light-heavyweight title against Enrico Kolling. 

Beterbiev has defended that title five times and in 2019, he beat Oleksandr Gvozdyk to win the WBC light-heavyweight title. 

In his last fight, he beat Marcus Browne to retain the titles. He also held onto his undefeated knockout-to-win ratio.

Why Bet on Joe Smith Jr.

Smith made his pro debut in 2009. To start his career, he won 11 fights via knockout. 

After losing his first bout in 2010, he then went on a 17-fight win streak. 

He beat Bernard Hopkins in 2017 in what would be Hopkins’ last fight. 

Smith lost to Dmitry Bivol in 2019 for the WBA light-heavyweight title. Following that, he has won four in a row. 

He beat Maxim Vlasov for the WBO light-heavyweight title in 2021. 

Final Betting Analysis – Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr.:

It could be said that Beterbiev has been tested a bit more recently. 

Smith’s rise to the top after the loss against Bivol cannot be denied, however. Can “The Beast from the East” overcome Beterbiev’s vicious blows? 

Smith will have a three-inch reach advantage, and while both are the same height, Beterbiev has been known to attack right through his opponent. 

It won’t be an easy night for the American, as Beterbiev may just end up being too much for the Long Islander, turning him into another victim of his KO power

Beterbiev vs. Smith Jr. Betting Pick: Artur Beterbiev

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