After developing a bone infection in his jaw, Artur Beterbiev’s title defense against Callum Smith at light heavyweight has been postponed.
Beterbiev, who holds the combined WBC, WBO, and IBF crowns, was scheduled to fight Smith in Quebec City, Canada, on August 20 at the Videotron Center.
In due course, the contest’s scheduled date should be revealed.
Beterbiev, a Montreal resident with a 19-0 (19) record, is the only boxing world champion with a 100% knockout rate.He most recently defeated Anthony Yarde of Great Britain in London.
Smith, a fighter from Liverpool, once held the super-middleweight title.
Smith, who defeated George Groves to win the World Boxing Super Series, has never previously suffered a defeat. In a 2020 title unification, he lost the match through points decision to Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez.
Smith has established himself as the mandatory contender for Beterbiev’s WBC title after stopping his next two opponents at light heavyweight.
The only boxing champion with a 100% knockout rate is Beterbiev (19-0, 19 KOs). The native of Russia recently defeated Anthony Yarde through eighth-round technical knockout in London in January.
The second-ranked boxer on ESPN at 175 pounds is Beterbiev, who holds the WBC, WBO, and IBF titles. The possible undisputed light heavyweight title fight with Dmitry Bivol, ESPN’s top 175-pounder, is much anticipated. It is unclear how Beterbiev’s injury will affect how soon he could face Bivol. Beterbiev will have to cope with his WBC-mandated defense against Smith once he is fully cleared to begin training