Dmitry Bivol is looking to make the fifth defence of his title as current holder of the WBA light heavyweight belt, this time it's Joe Smith Jr that's taking a shot at the champ, and it's shaping up to be a cracker. Keep reading to see how to get a Bivol vs Smith Jr live stream.
Dmitry Bivol vs Joe Smith Jr - where and when
The Bivol vs Smith Jr fight will take place at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York today, Saturday March 9.
The undercard is set to start at 6pm ET (3pm PT, 11pm GMT) with the main event likely to commence at 9pm ET (6pm PT, 2am GMT).
While Bivol (15–1, 11 KOs) won his last fight against Jean Pascal in a unanimous decision, Smith Jr (24–2, 20 KOs) is also coming off a win after dropping Melvin Russell in the first round with a powerful knockout.
That wasn't a one off for Smith Jr though. He also famously knocked Bernard Hopkins clear out of the ring in what ended up being the veteran and legend's last fight. This is the power Bivol faces as he tries to avoid dropping his title tonight.
The highly skilled 28-year-old champ should, technically, be able to outmanoeuvre the big slugger that is the 29-year-old Smith Jr. But it only takes one good punch so there's still everything there to be won.
Bivol says about his challenger: "I saw his fights against Fonfara and Hopkins live and always wanted to test my skills against him. Thank you to World of Boxing, Matchroom Boxing USA and DAZN — I hope to put on a great performance for everybody!"
Talking of DAZN, that's just one of many ways that you can catch this fight, depending on where you are in the world. Read on to find out how to live stream the Dmitry Bivol vs Joe Smith Jr fight from absolutely anywhere.
Live stream the Bivol vs Smith Jr fight from outside your country with a VPN
In the US, UK or Canada tonight? Then scroll just a little further down this page and we'll tell you who's broadcasting the boxing from where you are.
But if you're abroad this weekend (or if the country where you live simply doesn't show boxing matches like this one) then you'll need another way to watch and avoid possible geo-blocking. That's where using a VPN comes in.
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How to watch Bivol vs Smith Jr: US live stream
DAZN is hosting the fight exclusively in the US
Streaming service DAZN has added yet another event to its ever growing roster with the Bivol vs Smith Jr fight. This time the main event will be available from 9pm ET, 6pm PT.
If you're not already a subscriber, a DAZN contract will set you back $9.99 per month, but the first month is FREE. The channel is promising 'over 70 fight nights per year'.
If signing up to DAZN appeals but you're outside the US this weekend, then using a VPN will let you watch like you're back at home.
How to watch a Bivol vs Smith Jr live stream in Canada
DAZN has the rights in Canada too
DAZN is the channel holding the cards for Dmitry Bivol vs Joe Smith Jr in Canada, too. Canadians are also offered the one month free trial, though subscriptions are $20 per month or $150 annually at present.
Of course, if you are outside Canada, you can follow the VPN route above and tune in with a DAZN log-in all the same.
How to watch the Bivol vs Smith Jr fight: UK stream
Sky Sports Action will be showing the fight in the UK
If you're a Sky Sports customer, you can watch all the action from New York from 11pm on Saturday via Sky Sport Main Event and Sky Sports Action. The main event is expected to start around 2am GMT so make sure you've had that pre-fight nap.
If you're not a Sky subscriber, you can watch the fight by purchasing a one-off Sky Sports pass with NOW TV, costing £8.99 per day, £14.99 a week, or £33.99 a month depending on how much Sky Sports you wish to take in outside of Sunday morning's boxing.
Not in the UK? Then you'll need a VPN to watch this live stream as if you were back at home