Joe Smith Jr. wins vacant WBO light heavyweight title by majority decision
April 10, 2021:
Joe Smith Jr. won the vacant WBO light heavyweight championship in what appeared to be a controversial majority decision over Maxim Vlasov. The first half of the fight
Vlasov was the quicker puncher and seemed to be outlanding Smith. In the later rounds Smith did manage to hurt Vlasov with some clean shots. In round 11 Vlasov went down
but the referee did not ruled it an official knockdown because the shot was landed on the back of the head. After the 12 rounds one judge had it even 114-114. Both of the
other judges scored the fight 115-112 for Smith.