By Landon Smith

Joe Smith vs Maxim Vlasov WBO Light Heavyweight Title Preview and Picks 4/10/21

Joe Smith Will Meet Maxim Vlasov at the Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma -WBO Light Heavyweight Title Bout Saturday April 10, 2021 Live on ESPN.

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Joe Smith vs Maxim Vlasov WBO Light Heavyweight Title
DateSaturday, April 10, 2021
ArenaOsage Casino in Tulsa
LocationOklahoma
Time10:00p ET
TVESPN

If the good nights of Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions on Saturday weren't enough in themselves to keep us focused on a very interesting day of boxing, the Top Rank company will also offer a card on the same day in which there will be several good duels and , above all of them, a world championship for the vacant WBO light heavyweight belt between American Joe Smith Jr. 26 (21KO) -3 (1) and Russian Maxim Vlasov 45 (26KO) -3.

Given that Vlasov is a versatile boxer, in principle it would be in his hand to decide what type of fight this was going to be, since it is well known that Smith is an offensive fighter who without artifice seeks to connect his strong power blows to break his opponents .

First of all, although it is true that he has more skill and more resources than Smith, Vlasov has rarely kept steadily backing away, but usually stops not too far from his rival, waiting for his failure to find gaps. Thus, Smith could be in a position to trade as soon as he uses his push.

On the other hand, many of Vlasov's fights have ended up having a great load of physical exhaustion (with struggles in clinches included) in part due to overcoming his attacks, so that against a boxer as strong as the American, who has shown a great resistance even in his defeats, he could expose himself to considerable danger in the long run.

Thus, it seems logical that the local Smith, who has improved somewhat in his simple boxing recently by better using his blocks and creating opportunities with his jab, is a light favorite to prevail even if it is because of the tendency of many judges to value aggressiveness more.

In any case, it should not be forgotten that Vlasov is a fighter with a lot of experience, who has never been beaten before the limit, who has achieved long winning streaks against relevant names and who has competed at a high level against larger opponents in the Cruiserweight, so with his astute punch selection, counter dexterity and better shot execution, he could generate an intricate combat in which Smith must maintain a complex balance between his great tenacity on the attack and a necessary caution .

 

{{14} Joe Smith Jr @ -350

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By Landon Smith, on 10 Apr 2021, at 12:30p ET