Smith and Vlasov meet at the final press conference
Joe Smith Jr: “I was 100 percent ready to come back in February, but it's okay. I had time to enjoy my wedding day and now I'm ready to go again. I know what I'm going for. He is a dangerous and aggressive guy with a lot of experience, but I have prepared well and am going to give my all 100 percent to come out the winner, become the world champion and hear the words “and the new!” - it will be an amazing feeling. That's all I've been striving for since I was 15”.
Maxim Vlasov: “I am sure you will not see rust on me in the ring. I prepared well. I have honed my skills and am ready to give my best 100 percent. I feel just like a younger boxer who is less experienced because this is a great chance for me. This is a big responsibility, a big risk. I am very motivated for this fight."
“I took preparation seriously, watched many of his fights and learned a thing or two. I do not like to talk about the weakest or strongest sides of my opponents or divulge any strategies or plans related to the battle," Vlasov said.