Joe Smith Jr vs Maxim Vlasov at 10 p.m. ET on April 10


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Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+ @ Osage Casino (Tulsa)

• Joe Smith Jr. 174.8. lbs vs. Maxim Vlasov 175 lbs
(vacant WBO Light Heavyweight World Title — 12 Rounds)
Judges: David Sutherland, Pat Russell, Gerald Ritter
Referee: Gary Ritter

• Efe Ajagba 239.6 lbs vs. Brian Howard 218 lbs
(Heavyweight— 10 Rounds)

(ESPN+, 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT)

• Jared Anderson 251.8 lbs vs. Jeremiah Karpency 226.6 lbs
(Heavyweight — 8/6 Rounds)

• Albert Bell 132.2 lbs vs. Manuel Rey Rojas 132
(Junior Lightweight — 8 Rounds)

• Robson Conceição 128.4 lbs vs. Jesus Antonio Ahumada 129
(Junior Lightweight — 8 Rounds)

• Trey Lippe Morrison 225.8 lbs vs. Jason Bergman 256
(Heavyweight — 8 Rounds)

• Duke Ragan 125.8 lbs vs. Charles Clark 126.6
(Featherweight — 6 Rounds)

• Jeremiah Milton 231.8 lbs vs. Jayvone Dafney 222.6
(Heavyweight — 4 Rounds)

• Sonny Conto 230.4 lbs vs. Waldo Cortes 262
(Heavyweight — 4 Rounds)

Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr. and Maxim Vlasov are headed to the Sooner State to fight for the vacant WBO light heavyweight world title Saturday, April 10 at Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

They were originally scheduled to fight Feb. 13, but Vlasov tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the weigh-in, forcing a postponement.

In the 10-round co-feature, unbeaten heavyweight contender Efe Ajagba will take on Brian “MVP” Howard.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Tony Holden Productions, Smith-Vlasov and Ajagba-Howard will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ at 5:30p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT, including a trio of big-punching heavyweights: Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson and Tulsa natives Trey Lippe Morrison (16-0, 16 KOs) and Jeremiah Milton (2-0, 2 KOs).

“Joe Smith Jr. deserves this opportunity, and I know Maxim Vlasov will give him a great challenge,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “The light heavyweight division is one of the hottest in boxing, and the winner will have no shortage of lucrative opportunities.”

“I am extremely motivated after all I have been though in my career,” Smith said. “I am proud of all I have accomplished, and I am confident I will bring the belt home on April 10 and move forward with my goal of unifying belts and proving I am the best light heavyweight in the world.”