DMITRY BIVOL and JOE SMITH JR. faced off for the last time at today’s weigh-in at Turning Stone Resort Casino, before they exchange blows tomorrow night for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Title live on DAZN tomorrow night.
Smith Jr (24-2 20KOs) fights for a first time for the World title and will be full of confidence going into the bout, with his last four wins coming by impressive KO’s, including a first round demolition of Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara in Chicago and sending modern-great Bernard Hopkins into retirement.
Bivol (15-0 11 KOs) defends his title for the fifth time against the Long Island man and is hoping Smith Jr comes for a war – and the 29 year old challenger promises to bring everything he’s got to a night he’s been waiting for his entire life.
12-ROUND WBA WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD TITLE BOUT
DMITRY BIVOL: 173.5 lbs.
JOE “BEAST” SMITH JR.: 173 lbs.
Featured on the undercard, newly signed Georgian super lightweight, GIORGI GELASHVILI, will take on the challenge of amatuer standout, 13 time national champion OTHA JONES III. Jones making his pro-debut will look to begin his career in the win column, against Gelashvili, who has his sights on earning a huge win over the amatuer prodigy.
6-ROUND LIGHTWEIGHT BOUT
OTHA JONES III: 132.5 lbs. lbs.
GIORGI “GOGA” GELASHVILI: 134.25 lbs.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow night live on DAZN. The Jones-Gelashvili fight is set to go at approximatley 7:00PM/ET, and the Bivol-Smith Jr. world title main event is set to go at approximatly 10:00PM/ET LIVE on DAZN.
The main event is promoted by Eddie Hearns Matchroom Boxing in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
DMIRTY BIVOL (L) & JOE SMITH JR. (R) POSE FOR THE MEDIA.
ONE FINAL FACEOFF BEFORE BIVOL (L) & SMITH JR. (R) FIGHT TOMORROW NIGHT FOR THE WBA WORLD TITLE.
OTHA JONES III (L) & GIORGI GELASHVILI (R) MAKE WEIGHT BEFORE TOMORROWS FIGHT.