Artur Beterbiev is set to defend his unified light heavyweight titles in August against the former middleweight champion Callum Smith in Canada.
It has been officially announced that Artur Beterbiev will put his WBO, IBF, and WBC light heavyweight titles on the line against Callum Smith on August 19 at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada.
The fight will be distributed by Top Rank as the promoter outbids Matchroom Boxing. Top Rank submitted a bid of $2,115,000 against Matchroom’s bid of $2,100,000. As a result, it is guaranteed that Beterbiev will earn around $1.33 Million whereas Smith will get around $571K. Moreover, the winner of this bout will receive 10% of this purse.
Artur Beterbiev is still undefeated and is also the only champion who holds a 100% knockout record. He is coming off an eighth-round TKO win against Anthony Yarde earlier this year in January.
On the other hand, Callum Smith rebounded from his loss against Canelo Alvarez by having two back-to-back finishes. First, he beat Lenin Castillo via a second-round KO, then he went on and defeated Mathieu Bauderlique via a fourth-round KO in his most recent match.
Now, it will be interesting to see whether Callum Smith is able to become a two-division champion or not, and if Artur Beterbiev manages to keep his 100% knockout record on August 19.