Joe Smith Completes the Unexpected Dream, Wins Vacant World Title by Beating Vlasov in Contested Fight

Long Islands posterboy for the working class 🇺🇸Joe Smith Jr. (27-3-0, 21KO👊) wins the WBO Light-Heavyweight title after defeating 🇷🇺Maxim Vlasov (45-4-0, 26KO👊) by majority decision in a great fight in Tulsa, Oklahoma Saturday night.  Judge Dave Sutherland scored the bout 114-114 while judges Pat Russell and Gerald Ritter overruled him with scores of 115-113 and 115-112. 

“It’s a great feeling. It was definitely a close, tough fight.” “I have to give it to Vlasov. He’s a great fighter. He really put on a great show tonight and toughed it out.”        – Joe Smith Jr.

Is a Smith vs current boogeyman and WBC/IBF World Light-Heavyweight Champion 🇷🇺Artur Beterbiev unification next?

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