Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov live updates, results and highlights from the full card

The vacant WBO light heavyweight title will be on the line live from the Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday night.

Joe Smith Jr. has flirted with becoming the light heavyweight champion of the world before. However, he fell short to the undefeated Dmitry Bivol via unanimous decision back in March 2019.

Since then, however, Smith has pieced together back-to-back wins over Jesse Hart (by split decision) and Eleider Álvarez (ninth-round KO) in January and August 2020, respectively. And now, Smith returns with another chance to become world champ. Smith faces Maxim Vlasov for the vacant WBO light heavyweight title live from the Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday night.

"Becoming world champion and hearing the words, 'and new!' it's going to be an amazing feeling," Smith said at the press conference earlier in the week. "This is everything I have been working for since I was 15-years-old."

A win would also give the 31-year-old Smith (26-3, 21 KOs) another feat to be synonymous with other than being the only man to hand legend Bernard Hopkins a stoppage loss in what would be Hopkins' final fight back in December 2016.

The 34-year-old Vlasov (45-3, 26 KOs) is riding a three-fight winning streak, including a unanimous decision over Emmanuel Martey in November 2019.

Which man will become world champion when Smith clashes with Vlasov?

Follow DAZN News here for all the live updates, results and highlights from Smith vs. Vlasov.

Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov fight card

  • Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov for the vacant WBO light heavyweight championship
  • Efe Ajagba vs. Brian Howard; Heavyweights
  • Jared Anderson def. Jeremiah Karpency via second-round TKO; Heavyweights
  • Robson Conceicao def. Jesus Antonio Ahumada by seventh-round TKO; Junior Lightweights
  • Albert Bell def. Manuel Rey Rojas via unanimous decision (78-74, 78-74, 78-74); Junior Lightweights
  • Sonny Conto def. Waldo Cortes by first-round KO; Heavyweights
  • Duke Ragan def. Charles Clark via unanimous decision (60-54, 60-54, 60-54); Featherweights
  • Jeremiah Milton def. Jayvone Dafney by first-round TKO; Heavyweights

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