Joe Smith Jr. Optimistic About His Chances Against Artur Beterbiev
At one moment, Joe Smith Jr. (28-3, 22 KOs) was extremely unlikely to get a shot at the world title.
However, the Long Islander became strong mentally and physically.
When the American secured consecutive victories against the likes of Jesse Hart, Eleider Alvarez and Maxim Vlasov, he chased a dream. The dream was to become the WBO light heavyweight champion and establish himself as one of the biggest names in WBO history.
The 32-year-old is set to take on Artur Beterbiev and elevate his career even further. The fight will take place on June 18 at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.
If the American overcomes Beterbiev, he will secure three out of the four major titles. After that, there is a huge possibility that he could meet WBA champ Dmitry Bivol next.
“There has never been a better chance for me to unify the division. In the light heavyweight division, there has never been a unified champion. Who knows that I can become the first one to do it,” Smith told the Big Fight Weekend podcast.
“However, I have to keep the poker face and stay committed to the task in hand. Beterbiev isn’t an easy challenge. I have to be up for it,” Smith concluded.