Eleider Alvarez Vs. Joe Smith Jr. Results
The path to championship glory will start inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight, August 22, Two light-heavyweights will look to go to war against one another.
The main event of Top Rank’s latest show will be Eleider Alvarez v. Joe Smith Jr.
Smith is 2-2 in his last four fights. “The Irish Bomber” last fought in January, beating Jesse Hart via split decision. A former WBC International Light-Heavyweight Champion, Smith has only fought for a world title once. Back in March, the 30-year-old lost to Dmitry Bivol for the WBA Light-Heavyweight Title.
Alvarez also last fought in January, beating Michael Seals via KO in the seventh round. He won the WBC Continental Americas Light-Heavyweight Title in the process. A former WBO Light-Heavyweight Champion, Alvarez lost the title to Sergey Kovalev back in February 2019 after initially beating him for it.
The winner of Smith (25-3) v. Alvarez (25-1) will face the winner of Umar Salamov v. Maxim Vlasov to determine a new WBO Light-Heavyweight Champion. The two had a planned bout for July 16 but was nixed when Alvarez had to back out due to an injured shoulder while training.
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Main Card (ESPN+, 7:30 p.m. ET)
Joe Smith Jr. def. Eleider Alvarez via TKO (:026 into round nine)
Rob Brant def. Vitalii Kopylenko via retirement (3:00 into round five)
Julian Rodriguez def. Anthony Laureano via TKO (2:50 into round one)
Robert Rodriguez def. Abel Soriano via TKO (2:59 into round one)
Clay Collard def. Maurice Williams via TKO (1:54 into round two)
Duke Ragan def. Luis Alvarado via TKO (1:54 into round one)
Israel Mercado def. Adrian Valdovinos via unanimous decision (59-55, 60-54, 60-54)
Wendy Toussaint def. Isiah Jones via unanimous decision (79-73, 80-72, 79-73)