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Dmitry Bivol vs Joe Smith Jr preview
When is Bivol vs Smith Jr II?
Dmitry Bivol could fight Joe Smith Jr in Autumn/Fall 2023 in the United States.
The fight would take place over 12 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which means the weight limit would be 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
Bivol vs Smith Jr II stats
Dmitry Bivol would step into the ring with an undefeated record of 21 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Joe Smith Jr would make his way to the ring with a record of 28 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 22 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Smith Jr would have a large advantage in power over Bivol, boosting at 79% knock out percentage over Bivol's 52%.
Dmitry Bivol is the younger man by 1 year, at 32 years old.
Both Dmitry Bivol & Joe Smith Jr fight out of an orthodox stance.
Bivol is currently arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 11 less fights, and made his debut in 2014, 5 year later than Smith Jr, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He has fought 26 more professional rounds, 172 to Smith Jr's 146.
Dmitry Bivol goes into the fight ranked number 1 by the RING at light heavyweight.
Joe Smith Jr is currently ranked number 5 by the WBA, 4 by the WBC, 5 by the WBO, 4 by the IBF and 5 by the RING in the 175lb division.
Bivol vs Smith Jr II form
Bivol remains undefeated as a professional.
In his last fight, he won against Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez on 5th November 2022 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight championship fight at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had won against Canelo Alvarez on 7th May 2022 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat Umar Salamov on 11th December 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight championship fight at KRK “Uralets”, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Before that, he had defeated Craig Richards on 1st May 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
He had won against Lenin Castillo on 12th October 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight championship fight at Wintrust Arena, Illinois, United States.
Smith Jr has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight, he lost to Artur Beterbiev on 18th June 2022 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBC World Light heavyweight, IBF World Light heavyweight and WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Steve Geffrard on 15th January 2022 by knockout in the 9th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, New York.
Going into that contest, he had beat Maksim Vlasov on 10th April 2021 by majority decision in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Osage Casino, Oklahoma.
Before that, he had won against Eleider Alvarez on 22nd August 2020 by knockout in the 9th round at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada.
He had beat 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.
In terms of recent activity, Joe Smith Jr has been fighting more than Dmitry Bivol.
Dmitry Bivol last fought 4 months and 18 days ago, while Joe Smith Jr's last outing was 9 months and 5 days ago.
Bivol's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 5 months and 11 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 8 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 60 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 12 rounds on average.
Smith Jr's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 12 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 8.4 rounds on average.
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