Artur Beterbiev Injured, Smith Fight Postponed



Artur Beterbiev Injured, Smith Fight Postponed

Artur Beterbiev had surgery on his jaw Sunday, so his August 19 battle versus Brit Callum Smith is postponed.

The WBC/WBO/IBF light heavyweight world champion was to meet former super middleweight world champion Smith at Videotron Centre in Quebec City.


A release referenced a “infection to Beterbiev's jaw,” no details on how that condition arose.

This clash is promoted by Eye of the Tiger and Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing.

Beterbiev (19-0, 19 KOs), a Russian born Montreal resident, is boxing's only world champ with a 100 percent knockout ratio.

He does have rough luck in scheduling fights though.

Smith (29-1, 21 KOs) is the WBC's mandatory challenger.

He won two bouts by stoppage after badly losing his 2020 title unification fight against Canelo Alvarez.

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