Originally slated to fight on July 16th, due to injury the fight was postponed. Now scheduled for August 20th at the MGM Grand Conference Center (to be aired in the US on ESPN+), Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (25-1, 13 KO’s) and Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr. (25-3, 20 KO’s) are set and raring to go.
Eleider Alvarez: “This fight is critical for both of our careers. I respect Joe Smith, who has proven to be an elite fighter. However, I have all the tools to beat him, and that’s what I intend to do. My goal is to become a two-time light heavyweight world champion.”
Joe Smith Jr: “This fight means everything to me. It’s my path to a world title fight, and I know this is my second chance to turn my dream into reality. Alvarez is a former world champion, and in my mind, I am treating this as a world title fight. To get there, I have to, and will, win this fight.”
Promoter Bob Arum: “I can’t wait to sit back and watch this fight, which features two of the light heavyweight division’s biggest punchers. It’s a 50-50 fight and a great way to kick off our return to MGM Grand.”
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