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Joe Smith Jr. Maxim Vlasov Final Press Conference



Light heavyweights Joe Smith Jr. of New York and Maxim Vlasov faced off ahead of their showdown for the vacant WBO light heavyweight world title this Saturday evening at Osage Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma on ESPN. The two were originally scheduled to face off on February 13 but Vlasov tested positive for COVID-19 that day,


Joe Smith Jr.


"I was 100 percent ready to go back in February, but it's OK. I had time to enjoy my wedding day and now I'm just ready to go once again."


"I know what I'm going up against. He is a busy and aggressive guy with a lot of experience, but I have prepared well and I'm going to give 100 percent of myself to come out victorious."


"Becoming world champion and hearing the words, 'and new!' it's going to be an amazing feeling. This is everything I have been working for since I was 15 years old."


Maxim Vlasov


"I’m sure that you will see no ring rust at all this time. I’ve been preparing well. I’ve been sharpening my skills, and I’m ready to give it my all, 100 percent.”

“I feel the same as a younger boxer who is less experienced because this is a great chance for me. This is a great responsibility, a great risk. I am very excited and motivated for this fight.”

“I have taken preparation seriously, watched many of his fights, and learned some things. I don’t like to talk about his weakest or strongest points or divulge any strategies or plans related to the fight.”

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