Joe Smith Plans To ‘Hunt Down’ Artur Beterbiev After Maxim Vlasov Fight

Joe Smith Jr. has big plans if he’s able to defeat Maxim Vlasov.

This Saturday night, April 10, Smith will take on Vlasov for the vacant WBO Light-Heavyweight Title. The championship scrap will headline a Top Rank Boxing card. If Smith can emerge victorious, it’ll be his first world title win.

During an interview with BoxingScene.com, Smith said he will target WBC and IBF Champion Artur Beterbiev if he gets past Vlasov.

“Right now, all I have on my mind is getting this guy (Vlasov) out of there as early as possible and then enjoying my honeymoon,” notes Smith. “I plan on going away right after the fight. We’re doing our honeymoon as soon as this fight is over.

“Once we get back, the goal is to hunt down Beterbiev and become a unified world champion.”

The good news for Smith is that negotiating for a fight with Beterbiev isn’t likely going to pose a challenge. That’s because like Smith, Beterbiev also competes under Top Rank. Beterbiev is coming off a TKO finish over Adam Deines to retain his gold.

In his last outing back in August 2020, Smith shared the ring with Eleider Alvarez. Smith scored the ninth-round knockout victory.

Vlasov is riding a three-fight winning streak. In that span, he’s beaten Omar Garcia, Isaac Chilemba, and Emmanuel Martey.

Smith vs. Vlasov will air LIVE on the major ESPN network and on FIGHT SPORTS in over 30 countries. Check your local listings.

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