Alvarez vs Smith Jr Info
Joe Smith Jr beat Eleider Alvarez by knockout in the 9th round on Saturday 22nd August 2020 at The Bubble, MGM Grand in Nevada.
The fight took place over rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
Alvarez vs Smith Jr stats
Eleider Alvarez stepped into the ring with a record of 25 wins, 1 loss and draws, 13 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Joe Smith Jr made his way to the ring with a record of 25 wins, 3 loses and draws, with 20 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Smith Jr had a large advantage in power over Alvarez, boosting at 80% knock out percentage over Alvarez's 52%.
Eleider Alvarez was the older man by 5 years, at 36 years old.
Both Eleider Alvarez & Joe Smith Jr fought out of an orthodox stance.
Alvarez's experience as a professional fighter was relatively equal to Smith Jr's, having had 2 less fights, and made his debut in 2009, 2 months earlier than Smith Jr, who’s first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 66 more professional rounds, 180 to Smith Jr's 114.
Eleider Alvarez went into the fight ranked number 6 by the WBC and 3 by the WBO in the 175lb division.
Joe Smith Jr was ranked number 8 by the WBC, 4 by the WBO and 7 by the IBF in the 175lb division.
Alvarez vs Smith Jr form
Alvarez had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 4 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Jean Pascal on 3rd June 2017 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada.
Previous to that, he had defeated Lucian Bute on 24th February 2017 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Centre Videotron, Quebec City.
Going into that contest, he had beat Robert Berridge on 29th July 2016 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Centre Videotron, Quebec City.
Before that, he had won against Isaac Chilemba on 28th November 2015 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Centre Videotron, Quebec City.
He had beat Isidro Ranoni Prieto on 15th August 2015 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Bell Centre, Montreal.
Smith Jr had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Jesse Hart on 11th January 2020 by split decision in their 10 round contest at Mark G. Etess Arena, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, New Jersey, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Dmitry Bivol on 9th March 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Light Heavyweight championship fight at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, New York.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Sullivan Barrera on 15th July 2017 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Forum, Inglewood.
Before that, he had defeated Bernard Hopkins on 17th December 2016 by knockout in the 8th round at Forum, Inglewood.
He had won against Andrzej Fonfara on 18th June 2016 by technical knockout in the 1st round at UIC Pavilion, Chicago.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Eleider Alvarez had been fighting more than Joe Smith Jr.
Going to this contest, Eleider Alvarez had last fought 3 years 3 months and 23 days ago, while Joe Smith Jr's last outing had been 8 months and 15 days ago.
Alvarez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year 9 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 51 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.2 rounds on average.
Smith Jr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years 6 months and 24 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 41 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.2 rounds on average.
What time did Alvarez vs Smith Jr start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:30 pm EST / 8:30 pm PST at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada, United States, which was around 4:30 am BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Alvarez vs Smith Jr?
Alvarez vs Smith Jr was broadcast on ESPN+ in the US.