Boxing

LAS VEGAS — Leave the judges at home because Eleider “Storm” Alvarez and Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr. are coming for the knockout.

Alvarez and Smith will face off in a WBO light heavyweight world title eliminator in Top Rank’s return to the MGM Grand Conference Center Saturday, Aug. 22. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), Alvarez vs. Smith and a co-feature will stream live on ESPN+ starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

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Oscar Valdez was not interested in a distance fight. The former featherweight world champion, in his second fight as a junior lightweight, knocked out Jayson Velez (29-7-1, 21 KOs) with 37 seconds remaining in the 10th and final round Thursday evening at the MGM Grand Conference Center — Grand Ballroom.

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Top Rank's current run in the "bubble" in Las Vegas concludes Tuesday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN) with one of their best cards to date. In the main event, Oscar Valdez takes on Jayson Velez in a junior lightweight fight that serves as the final get-right fight for Valdez before he takes on WBC champ Miguel Berchelt.

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