British ex-world super-middleweight champion, mandatory challenger in the WBC light heavyweight category (up to 79.4 kg) Briton Callum Smith (29-1, 21 KOs) announced his readiness to test himself in a duel with unified division champion Artur Beterbiev (19 -0, 19 KOs) from Canada and inflict his first defeat in the professional ring.
Recall that at the end of last week, Beterbiev, who owns the WBC, IBF and WBO titles, fulfilled his obligations to the WBO, meeting with the contender from Britain, Anthony Yard, who was prematurely delayed in 8 rounds. Our report on it.
“I did my part when I became the mandatory challenger, so now I can just sit and wait for the fight for three titles,” said Callum, who will not really be idle and will enter the ring in early March.
Who will be Smith’s rival is not yet known, but he himself is counting on something interesting: “It must be an opponent who will awaken in me the desire to conduct a full preparation, make me train with all tenacity.”
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According to the Brit, he is not afraid to lose an intermediate fight and because of this lose the chance to fight Beterbiev: “It is clear that there is a risk, but if I am good enough to beat Beterbiev, which I have no doubt about, I should be good enough to beat anyone as long as I stay focused and motivated.”
“I’m sure that I can beat anyone in the world and that I can win these belts,” continued Smith. – He (Beterbiev) has a European style, he puts pressure, but at the same time he does not stupidly rush forward, but does it wisely. Well, striking power – he has it very strong. He was previously shaken up, sent to the floor twice, so he’s not invincible. I’ve seen other fighters shake him up so many times, so I’m pretty sure I can do it too. I’m at my peak right now – it’s time to beat him.”