Artur Beterbiev has a home fight in January 2024 as he defends his IBF, WBO and WBC light heavyweight titles against former super middleweight champion Callum Smith.
Smith will return to the ring for the first time in well over a year as he bids to become a two-weight world champion in a fight that was originally pencilled in to take place in September only for an injury to the Russian to delay the showdown.
|What||Artur Beterbiev v Callum Smith|
|Where||Videotron Centre, Quebec City|
|When||Sunday 14th January, 2024|
|How to watch||Sky Sports Arena & Main Event|
|Odds||Artur Beterbiev 3/10, Callum Smith 5/2|
The unified light heavyweight title fight will take place in the early hours of Sunday 14th January, 2024.
The fight is being held on a Saturday night in Quebec City, meaning that it will take place in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 14th January for viewers in the UK.
The main card is expected to begin at around 02:00, with ringwalks for the main event taking place at 04:30. These timings are subject to change depending on the duration of the undercard fights.
The event is taking place in Beterbiev’s adopted homeland of Canada at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.
The Russian-born 38-year-old’s first eight fights took place in Canada and this will be his first clash in the country since stopping Marcus Browne in the ninth round in December 2021.
Yes, the fight will be broadcast by Sky Sports in the UK and will be shown on Sky Sports Arena and Main Event.
The action can also be streamed via the NOW TV or Sky Go app, both of which are available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
Beterbiev is the clear favourite at 3/10 to win by any method and the unbeaten champion is rated at 8/13 to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification, having won all 19 of his contests inside the distance so far.
Beterbiev holds the IBF, WBO and WBC light heavyweight world titles and he is defending those three belts for the second time.
The Montreal-based boxer has been a world champion since claiming the IBF title by stopping Enrico Koelling in the 12th round in November 2017.
Beterbiev has a perfect record with 19 wins in as many fights and all of those victories have come inside the distance.
After an impressive stint as an amateur, Beterbiev relocated to Montreal in 2013 to pursue a professional career and he overcame Christian Cruz with a second-round victory in his debut.
Beterbiev became a world champion in 2017 by winning the then vacant IBF light heavyweight title against Koelling.
He added the WBC belt to his collection in 2019 by seeing off the previously unbeaten Oleksandr Gvozdyk with a 10th-round win.
A second-round stoppage victory over Joe Smith Jr saw Beterbiev claim the WBO title in 2022 and he was last in action earlier this year in a thrilling contest with Britain’s Anthony Yarde.
Callum Smith has 29 wins and just one defeat in a 30-fight career, with 21 of his victories coming inside the distance.
Smith has spent the majority of his career at super middleweight and won the British title at that level with a victory over fellow Liverpudlian Rocky Fielding in 2015.
The 33-year-old became European champion the following year and claimed his first world title by beating George Groves in 2018 to pick up the WBA (Super) and the vacant The Ring super-middleweight titles, as part of the World Boxing Super Series: super-middleweight tournament.
Smith successfully defended those titles twice before suffering a first professional defeat as he lost via unanimous decision to Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
‘Mundo’ then made his light heavyweight debut by beating Gilbert Castillo Rivera in the second round, and he was last seen when stopping Mathieu Bauderlique in the fourth in August 2022.
Only the main event has so far been confirmed for the January date, with scheduled bouts due to be included on the previously agreed September showdown now likely to take place prior to the New Year.