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Artur Beterbiev Vs. Callum Smith Finalized For August 19

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Artur Beterbiev (L) and Callum Smith (R) are officially set for August 19 at the Videotron Centre in Quebec.

The Light-Heavyweight division will witness one of its two champions, Artur Beterbiev, defending his titles against a noteworthy contender, former Super Middleweight world champion Callum Smith. After the necessary negotiations, the two fighters have settled to face each other on August 19 at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada.

Artur Beterbiev (19-0, 19 KOs) maintains a 100% knockout ratio and aims to preserve both his undefeated record and knockout streak as he takes on Callum Smith (29-1, 21 KOs). The British Light-Heavyweight, who recently moved up to the division, faces a challenging task against the 38-year-old Beterbiev, who has shown no signs of decline in his last few fights and will be fighting in his adopted home country of Canada.

Callum Smith faces the risk of becoming another victim of the Russian-Canadian’s knockout prowess. However, the potential rewards outweigh the challenges, as Smith has the opportunity to win the WBC, WBO, and IBF world titles currently held by Beterbiev.

Smith’s chances are further complicated by Artur Beterbiev’s previous success against British fighters in recent years. The Russian champion hopes to continue that trend when he steps into the ring with Smith.

Furthermore, if the winner emerges victorious, there is a possibility of a future undisputed battle against Dmitry Bivol (21-0, 11 KO’s). Smith’s victory could facilitate the matchup, considering that both Callum Smith and Bivol are signed to Matchroom Boxing.

Although the odds favor Artur Beterbiev, Callum Smith’s short tenure as a Light-Heavyweight has showcased an impressive two-win streak by knockout or stoppage, proving that he is in excellent form and capable of causing an upset. Following his loss to Canelo Alvarez (59-2-2, 39 KO’s) in 2019, the 33-year-old British former world champion recognizes that this may be one of his last opportunities to regain a world title, making him highly motivated to achieve an unexpected victory.

In contrast, Artur Beterbiev will always face questions about his age, but thus far, he has effectively managed the pressure of being a champion and exceeded expectations regarding his declining abilities due to age. It is highly likely that he will prove to be more than a match for any contender or champion, including Callum Smith, on August 19 at the Videotron Centre.