WBO light heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr defends his title against Steve Geffrard live from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York on Saturday, January 15. The pair squares off in the scheduled for twelve rounds world championship bout headlining the Top Rank Boxing fight card. The date when the event airs live in the UK and Australia is Sunday, January 16.
Smith Jr (27-3, 21 KOs) won the belt by majority decision against Maxim Vlasov last April. Before that he knocked out Eleider Alvarez in Round 9 and took a split decision against Jesse Hart.
Geffrard (18-2, 12 KOs), who took the fight on a short notice replacing Callum Johnson, is coming off the win by unanimous decision against Denis Grachev. Prior to that he stopped Zoltan Sera in Round 4 and took a pair of victories via RTD against Dmitry Sukhotskiy and William Johnson.
Smith Jr vs Geffrard tickets
In the co-main event Abraham Nova (20-0, 14 KOs) takes on William Encarnacion (19-1, 15 KOs) in a ten-rounder at featherweight. Among other Smith Jr vs Geffrard undercard bouts, Jahi Tucker (5-0, 3 KOs) battles it out against Akeem Black (6-4, 1 KOs) in a six-rounder at welterweight, and Troy Isley (3-0, 2 KOs) meets Harry Keenan Cruz Cubano (6-2, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder at middleweight. The full lineup can be found below.
How to watch Joe Smith Jr vs Steve Geffrard live stream, date and time
Boxing fans in the United States can watch Joe Smith Jr vs Steve Geffrard live stream on ESPN+. The start time is scheduled for Saturday, January 15 at 10 pm ET / 7 PT. The main event ringwalks are expected at 11 pm ET / 8 pm PT.
In the United Kingdom Joe Smith Jr vs Steve Geffrard airs live on Sky Sports on Sunday, January 16/ The start time is scheduled for 3 am GMT. The main event fights are expected to make their ringwalks at 4 pm GMT.
In Australia Joe Smith Jr vs Steve Geffrard airs live stream on FITE TV. The date and start time is scheduled for Sunday, January 16 at 2 pm AEDT. The main event ringwalks are expected at 3 pm AEDT.
Smith Jr vs Geffrard fight card
The full Smith Jr vs Geffrard fight card looks as the following:
- Joe Smith Jr vs. Steve Geffrard, 12 rounds, light heavyweight – Smith Jr’s WBO light heavyweight title
- Abraham Nova vs. William Encarnacion, 10 rounds, featherweight
- Jahi Tucker vs. Akeem Black, 6 rounds, welterweight
- Omar Rosario vs. Raekwon Butler, 6 rounds, junior welterweight
- Troy Isley vs. Harry Cruz, 6 rounds, middleweight
- Lyubomyr Pinchuk vs. Jose Mario Flores, 10 rounds, heavyweight
- Bruce Carrington vs. Rafael Arauz, 4 rounds, featherweight
- Kasir Goldston vs. Nelson Morales, 4 rounds, junior welterweight