Jesse Hart Vs. Joe Smith Jr: Date, Time, TV And Live Stream LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 15: Jesse Hart (C) prepares for his light heavyweight fight against … [+] Sullivan Barrera at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 15, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hart won by unanimous Fight fans who tune into ESPN may be in for a treat on Saturday when Jesse Hart (26-2, 21 KO) and Joe Smith Jr. (24-3, 20 KO) meet. This one has the potential to produce an epic KO and a slugfest for as long as it lasts.
Here’s how you can watch.
Date: Saturday, January 11
Time: 10 pm ET
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 14: Boxer Jesse Hart poses during a ceremonial weigh-in at MGM Grand … [+] Garden Arena on June 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hart will meet Sullivan Barrera in a light heavyweight bout on June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Often criticized for his penchant for slugging over boxing, Hart always seems to deliver exciting performances. The former 168-pound title challenger will be in his second fight at light heavyweight when he faces Smith on Saturday.
The only man that has been able to defeat Hart is former 168-pound champion turned light heavyweight contender Gilberto Ramirez. Zurdo has downed Hart twice and a third meeting could happen at 175 pounds if both men continue to win in their new weight class.Bernard Hopkins v Joe Smith Jr.
INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 17: Joe Smith Jr. reacts after punching Bernard Hopkins out of the ring … [+] for a ninth round TKO to win the WBC International Light Heavyweight title at The Forum on December 17, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Smith is going to do everything in his power to prevent himself from becoming a stepping stone. His best attribute is his titanic punching power. He had a fantastic year in 2016 when he scored KO victories over Andrzej Fonfara and Bernard Hopkins. Those wins led to opportunities against Sullivan Barrera and Dmitry Bivol.Because Smith lost a lopsided decision to Bivol in his last fight, he needs a win over Hart if he hopes to get another title shot any time soon.
Hart-Smith isn’t exactly a pay-per-view attraction, but it does deliver an intriguing stylistic matchup. The potential title shot implications spices it up.The UndercardThe co-main event will be the Steve Nelson vs. Cem Kilic bout at super middleweight. However, the real gem of the Hart-Smith preliminaries is the third professional fight for 17-year-old Xander Zayas.
After two impressive KO wins to start his career, the former amateur standout and youngest fighter ever signed to Top Rank will take on Corey Champion.With a record of 1-1, Champion has had the same amount of pro bouts as Zayas, and he’s had a pro MMA fight as well.Zayas is expected to roll, but catching a glimpse of a kid who has the potential to become a future world champion should carry some value for the viewer.