In an unexpected move, Liverpool’s Callum Smith is set to face off against Montreal resident Artur Beterbiev in a highly anticipated bout for the WBC, IBF and WBO championships on August 20.
The fight will take place in Quebec City, Canada where Beterbiev is considered a hometown hero. With his impeccable record of 100% knockout ratio, he’s regarded as one of the most formidable punchers in boxing today.
But Smith has never been one to shy away from tough fights. Formerly known as the WBA super-middleweight titlist, he now has his sights set on becoming a two-weight world champion with this upcoming match.
“Quebec is my second home, so I’m very happy to finally defend my titles on home turf,” Beterbiev said regarding his home advantage. “When you are world champion, everyone wants the opportunity to take your belt.”
“There was no hesitation from me going to Canada to fight Artur Beterbiev,” said Smith confidently about accepting this challenge. “I will be returning to Liverpool as a world champion once more.”
Having previously taken over the super-middleweight division after defeating George Groves back in 2018 and winning both the WBA championship and World Boxing Super Series title that same year; Smith later lost his title during a unification bout with Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez.
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