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Joe Smith Jr.’s light heavyweight world title defense against Steve Geffrard is live on Sky Sports in the early hours of Sunday |  Boxing News

Joe Smith Jr’s battle with Steve Geffrard for the World Light Heavyweight Championship will be broadcast live on Sky Sports on Sunday morning.

The fight in New York will start at 1 a.m. in the early hours of Sunday and give Smith Jr. a chance to justify himself as the world’s first 175-pound fighter.

Smith Jr’s WBO belt is on the line against short-notice opponent Geffrard, Britain’s replacement Callum Johnson who was forced to step down due to testing positive for Covid-19.

Long Island’s Smith Jr is best known for sending boxing legend Bernard Hopkins crashing into the ropes and inflicting his only stoppage loss in his final fight.

Joe Smith Jr is the WBO Champion

He aims to assert his authority over Artur Beterbiev (IBF and WBC champion) and Dmitry Bivol (WBA) as the top dog in the light heavyweight division.

Unbeaten, Beterbiev clinched a landslide victory over Marcus Browne last month.

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Artur Beterbiev had to negotiate a deep cut caused by a head clash but found an explosive finish to stop Marcus Browne in the ninth round

Pound-for-pound boxing superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez could be an unlikely incentive for Smith Jr.

“Canelo expressed his interest in fighting Beterbiev or Joe Smith Jr to me,” their promoter Bob Arum told Sky Sports.

“I would look forward to May or September, the two dates Canelo loves to fight, that he would fight one of those light heavyweights.”

Sky Sports Boxe schedule

Sunday January 16 – Top Rank in New York
Joe Smith Jr vs. Steve Geffrard – WBO Light Heavyweight Title

Sunday January 30 – Top Rank in Tulsa
Robson Conceicao vs Xavier Martinez – WBC Super Featherweight Title Eliminator

Saturday 5th February (targeted) – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs. Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA & WBC Middleweight Titles

Sunday February 6 – Top Rank in Fresno
José Ramirez vs. José Pedraza

Saturday 19 February – BOXXER in Manchester
Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook

Saturday February 26 – BOXXER and Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed welterweight titles

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