Joe Smith Jr and Maxim Vlasov went head to head in a twelve-round world championship bout taking place at Osage Casino in Tulsa, OK on Saturday April 10 (Sunday April 11 in Australia). The pair battled it out for a vacant WBO light heavyweight title, headlining the Top Rank Boxing fight card live on ESPN in the US and FITE TV internationally.
The contest saw a back and forth action, with both competitors determined to claim the win. In the end one judge had it 114-114, while two other judges scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Smith Jr, who as a result took the win, as well as the belt, by majority decision.
Check out some of the Smith Jr vs Vlasov fight video highlights up top and below.
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With the win Joe Smith Jr takes a vacant WBO light heavyweight title and becomes a new champion. He also updates his record to 27-3, 21 KOs and secures the third win in a row.
Maxim Vlasov drops to 45-4, 26 KOs. The defeat snaps his three-win streak.