Two-Part  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. , Debuts Sunday, June 5

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Two-Part  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. , Debuts Sunday, June 5

Part One Debuts Sunday, June 5, at 11:30 a.m. ET / 8:30 a.m. PT on ESPNEWS

Part Two Debuts Sunday, June 12, at 1:30 a.m. ET / 10:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2

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Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr.,  is a two-part series that goes inside the fight camps of WBC/IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (17-0, 17 KOs) and WBO light heavyweight champion Joe Smith, Jr.  (28-3, 22 KOs) ahead of their title unification bout Saturday, June 18, from the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.    

The two half-hour specials debut Sunday, June 5, at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPNEWS and Sunday, June 12, at 1:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2, respectively. Both shows will reair multiple times on ESPNEWS and ESPN2 leading up to the much-anticipated fight. They will also be available after their initial airing on-demand on the ESPN App and ESPN.com.  

Beterbiev is boxing’s only active world champion in any weight division with a perfect 100% knockout rate, and Long Island’s own Joe Smith, Jr., is a construction and tree-service laborer by day and world champion knockout artist by night. This high-stakes fight promises to feature plenty of action between two of the sport’s most dangerous punchers.   

In addition to the Beterbiev-Smith, Jr. main event, the telecast includes a 10-round featherweight co-feature between Robeisy Ramirez (9-1, 5 Kos) and Abraham Nova (21-0, 15 KOs).   

Beterbiev-Smith, Jr., and Ramirez-Nova will air live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. The undercard will stream exclusively on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.   

Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. 

Date  Time (ET)  Program  Network 
Tue., June 7  9 p.m.  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. (Part 1)  ESPN2 
Wed., June 8  2:30 a.m.  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. (Part 1)  ESPN2 
Fri., June 10  12:30 a.m.  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. (Part 1)  ESPN2 
Sun., June 12  1:30 a.m.  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. (Part 2)  ESPN2 
9:30 p.m.  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. (Part 1)  ESPNEWS 
10 p.m.  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. (Part 2) 
Mon., June 13  1 a.m.  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. (Part 1)  ESPN2 
1:30 a.m.  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. (Part 2) 
Wed., June 15  10 p.m.  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. (Part 2)  ESPN2 
Sat., June 18  5 p.m.  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. (Part 1)  ESPNEWS 
5:30 p.m.  Blood, Sweat & Tears: Beterbiev vs. Smith, Jr. (Part 2) 

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