Joe Smith Jr. will look to finally defend his WBO light-heavyweight title against a much different opponent in Steve Geffrard, who is fighting for the title for the first time.
Smith beat Maxim Vlasov in April to win the WBO light-heavyweight title. Umar Salamov was originally supposed to face Smith for the title back in October at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater, but Smith tested positive for COVID-19 and was in the hospital for several days. His original opponent, Callum Johnson, also recently tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in another change.
Geffrard was supposed to fight Gonzalo Andreassen on January 8 but was pulled to make this matchup happen. Since losing two in a row to start his career, Geffrard has won 18 in a row. His last fight was a unanimous-decision win over Denis Grachev in March 2021, the first time he fought since 2018. The 31-year-old has 12 wins via knockout. Geffrard is ranked just outside the top fifteen in the division.
Sporting News has you covered with all the information you need to watch the fight on Saturday, including time, channel, and fight card.
What time does Joe Smith Jr. vs. Steve Geffrard start today?
Date: Saturday, December 15
Event start: 7:45 p.m. ET
Main card: 10 p.m. ET
Main event: 11:15 p.m. ET (approximate)
The undercard of Joe Smith Jr. vs. Steve Geffrard begins at 7:45 p.m. ET and the main card begins at 10 p.m. ET. Fans will be waiting until around 11:15 p.m. ET for Smith and Geffrard to make their way to the ring, depending on the length of the undercard fights.
What channel is Joe Smith Jr. vs. Steve Geffrard on?
TV Channels: ESPN, ESPN+
Fight fans can watch the title fight and the entire main card on ESPN. The card, including the prelims, will also air live on ESPN+.
Where is Joe Smith Jr. vs. Steve Geffrard taking place?
Venue: Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York
Smith returns to the Turning Stone Resort Casino for the first time since 2019, where he suffered his last loss against Dmitry Bivol. Since then, he has won three in a row. This will be the first time Geffrard has fought at the Turning Stone Resort Casino.
Joe Smith Jr. vs. Steve Geffrard fight card
- Joe Smith Jr. (c) vs. Steve Geffrard for the WBO light-heavyweight title
- Abraham Nova vs. William Encarnacion; Featherweights
- Troy Isley vs. Harry Keenan Cruz Cubano; Middleweights
- Lyubomyr Pinchuk vs. Jose Mario Flores; Heavyweights
- Jahi Tucker vs. Akeem Black; Welterweights
- Omar Rosario vs. Raekwon Butler; Junior-Welterweights