Maxim Vlasov Prepared To Battle Joe Smith Jr Saturday
The wait is lastly over. This Saturday, Joe Smith Jr. and Maxim Vlasov will lastly sq. off for the vacant WBO mild heavyweight title from the Osage On line casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The title bout has suffered delays attributable to Vlasov (45-3, 26 KOs) sustaining a constructive COVID-19 check days earlier than their authentic scheduled struggle again in February. Talking with the media yesterday, Vlaslov fell sufferer to the false-positive check and is able to go.
“I felt okay and prepared, however the check was constructive, so I didn’t must get better from it. The toughest half was the time misplaced and fly again to Russia from Vegas however had nothing to do with the coaching,” Vlasov mentioned to the media on Monday afternoon.
We’ve heard through the pandemic how many individuals have been testing constructive for COVID-19 however weren’t feeling the results and even testing adverse after the very fact. Most notably, Mikaela Mayer earlier than right here contest final yr throughout Prime Rank’s “bubble season. All of that apart, the primary present for Prime Rank in the USA can be outdoors of that bubble format in entrance of an anticipated 800 followers on the Osage On line casino.
For Vlasov, this is a chance at a title he has been lengthy ready for and said as a lot when he takes on Smith Jr. (26-3, 21KOs), who will come into this contest the favourite.
“All I can do is simply do my job and plan to destroy these plans subsequent Saturday,” Vlasov mentioned.
The large image of this struggle is the winner will tackle Artur Beterbiev in a unification bout, hopefully, this yr. Earlier than we get to that attainable bout, Vlasov must upset Smith first. The primary occasion portion of this card will begin on ESPN Saturday evening beginning at 10 p.m. ET.