Will Beterbiev-Smith Winner Face Canelo? The promoter argues


The undisputed middleweight champion Mexican Saul Cannelo Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs) conquered light heavyweight in 2019 by knocking out WBO champion Russian Sergey Kovalev. But the second attempt to return to 79.4 kg ended in failure for the superstar Mexican – in May he lost by decision of the judges to Dmitry Bivol from Russia.

Already this Saturday in New York (USA) the winner of three titles in this weight will be determined – WBC / IBF champion Russian Artur Beterbiev (17-0, 17 KOs) and WBO champion American Joe Smith Jr. (28-3, 22 KOs).

Show promoter Bob Arum (Top Rank)
reasoning on how realistic it is to see the winner of this fight against Canelo: “To be honest, it seems to me that Alvarez will remain in super middleweight. As for me, he has a lot of interesting opponents there. There is the same David Benavidez, and this is an incredible fighter. So I don’t think Canelo will come back to light heavyweight. Although I could be wrong. They make the decision. But it seems to me that he will remain at 76.2 kg.”

“I’m on friendly terms with Canelo, we often chat. I tell them: “Wait for the winner of the fight between my two light heavyweights Beterbiev and Smith.” I’m joking that in the confrontation with them, he will have to work hard to earn his fee. I know that Beterbiev would be a solid challenge for Canelo. The same goes for Smith. How realistic is this? Wait and see. But, apparently, this fight before the end of the year is a priori unrealistic, since Canelo already has an opponent – in September he will fight Gennady Golovkin, ”Arum recalls.

In fact, Arum already knows who the winner of the Beterbiev-Smith fight will fight. Meanwhile, Joe told how he plans to beat Arthur. We do not really believe that he will succeed – here is our forecast and bets for this fight.

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