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Jessie Vargas vs Liam Smith Preview & Picks – Liam Smith To Earn Decision Win

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  • Jessie Vargas vs Liam Smith picks for Saturday, April 30
  • Fight is taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York City
  • Preview, predictions and head to head stats
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    Jessie Vargas vs Liam Smith Preview & Picks
  • Jessie Vargas vs Liam Smith Preview & Picks
  • Jessie Vargas Form
  • Liam Smith Form
  • Verdict
  • Jessie Vargas vs Liam Smith FAQs

Jessie Vargas vs Liam Smith Preview & Picks


Liam Smith is backed to earn a decision win over Jessie Vargas.

Smith is an experienced light-middleweight with a world title reign to his name, and he was active last year.

Vargas, on the other hand, has not fought in over two years and is moving up in weight class.

  • Liam Smith fought twice in 2021
  • Liam Smith has won 4 of his last 5 fights
  • Jessie Vargas has won just once since December 2017
  • Jessie Vargas has not fought since February 2020
  • Jessie Vargas has never been knocked out

Jessie Vargas Form


Jessie Vargas returns to the professional boxing ring for the first time in over two years.

Vargas’ form nose-dived after he lost to Timothy Bradley in a fight for the WBO interim welterweight title in June 2015.

Including that defeat, he has now won three, lost three and drawn two of his last eight fights.

He rebounded from the loss to Bradley with a ninth-round knockout loss to Sadam Ali, but then lost a decision to Manny Pacquiao later that year.

Vargas won his sole outing of 2017 as he claimed a decision win over Aaron Herrera.

However, 2018 proved to be a disappointing year as he went to a majority draw with Adrien Broner and split decision draw with Thomas Dulorme.

He finally returned to winning ways with a sixth-round stoppage of Humberto Soto in April 2019.

Vargas lost his sole outing of 2020 though, losing by decision to Mikey Garcia, and he has not fought since then.

He has a 29-3-2 professional record with 11 wins by knockout. All three of his losses have been via decision.

Liam Smith Form


Liam Smith has won seven of his nine fights since losing the WBO light-middleweight title to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

He bounced back from that loss with a decision win over Marian Cazacu, and then beat Liam Williams when his opponent retired after the ninth round.

Smith then edged Williams by majority decision in the rematch before dropping a decision to Jaime Munguia.

‘Beefy’ rebounded from that setback with a fifth-round stoppage of domestic rival Sam Eggington in March 2019.

That summer he travelled to Mexico to knock out Mario Alberto Lozano, and he then closed out the year with a unanimous decision win over Roberto Garcia in the US.

Smith’s streak was once again halted at three fights, this time courtesy of a decision defeat to Magomed Kurbanov in May 2021.

He ended the year on a positive note, stopping another domestic rival, Anthony Fowler, in the eighth round.

Smith now boasts a 30-3-1 professional record with 17 knockout wins and one knockout defeat.

Verdict


Smith may be the ‘visiting’ fighter but he is rightly favoured by the bookmakers.

Vargas is not in good form and has not fought for over two years – Smith is tipped to take advantage of that.

Will The Fight Go The Distance - Yes @ -138
Method Of Victory - Smith by Decision @ +175

Jessie Vargas vs Liam Smith FAQs

Where can I watch the Jessie Vargas vs Liam Smith live stream?

You can watch the Jessie Vargas vs Liam Smith live stream at DAZN.

Where is Jessie Vargas vs Liam Smith taking place?

Jessie Vargas vs Liam Smith is taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, April 30.