Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. Prediction

On Saturday, June 18, Artur Beterbiev, the unified light heavyweight champion, will collide with the WBO light heavyweight title-holder Joe Smith Jr. inside the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Before the fight goes down, here is a critical analysis of both the fighters.

To determine who has a better chance, we break down the fighting styles of Smith Jr. and Beterbiev.

Here is a brief look at what works out well for each of them and where their strength lies. To all the curious boxing fans with a love for analysis, here is who we feel will deliver ahead of the unforgettable night.

Beterbiev occupies the center of the ring, maintains a high guard, and he takes his time to load and land. Even when he is not attempting his shots, he stays close to his opponent and almost suffocates the latter with his 5′ 11½″ tall presence.

He likes to push his opponent against the ropes and unload a bunch of 1-2s just when there is a chance. Beterbiev is tall and since he maintains a top guard, it relatively makes the job of his opponent slightly tougher.

He stands close to his opponent and forces the latter to remain busy. Beterbiev knows well that he has power and he will always search for that big straight hand.

The wide gap he maintains sometimes between the two legs helps him swiftly cut the distance and simultaneously generate a powerful right. This was well-witnessed in his last fight against Marcus Browne.

With 2:43 on the clock, as Browne neared a corner, Beterbiev measured him with his jab and sprightly attacked the target with a penetrating straight hand.

His posture was perfect in the sense that he made himself squat and accurately turned on his heel. Although a well-spirited fighter, it is not that Beterbiev does not get hit.