WBC orders Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Smith

The World Boxing Council has ordered WBC light heavyweight champion, Artur Beterbiev, to make his mandatory defense against Callum Smith. Negotiations should start as soon as possible. The teams of both fighters must reach an agreement before April 11, otherwise a purse bid will be held.

In his most recent bout, Beterbiev knocked out contender Anthony Yarde in eight rounds of an instant Fight of the Year candidate, while Smith comes from knocking out Mathieu Bauderlique in the fourth round of a WBC elimination bout.

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  • Yarde is better than Smith. does anyone other than team Smith excited about this?

    • Canelo walked down and beat up Smith, who honestly doesn’t even know how to throw a right hand. Bietrbiev is a Frankenstein, he will absolutely brutalize Callum. Smith is tough so he may get seriously hurt in this fight. Let’s hope not.

      • WillisLV
        Beterbiev would beat Canelo. unless of corse he is too old when they fight. lol

    • wow!!!…..stronger then Beterbiev??? Then, Smith in 8 ??? You dreaming in: ” Full iconoclastic-prosomotics colors” to write things like that!!.If you ever bet on your pronostic, well! Keep some, don’T go all-in,cause if you bet on Smith to win……..You gonna need some money left!!!.Have a good day…..from Montréal

  • Maybe I was the only one at the time, but I thought Smith had a chance to beat Canelo when they fought and he did nothing. Can’t trust him at this level anymore, but we’ll see.

  • CSmith gone within 4rounds…ABeterbiev too strong & smarter than the Brit. Dun dun dun..another Brit bites the dust!

  • Nice to see the WBC doing their best to derail a Beterbiev fight with Bivol…. Glad they have the fans in mind with that. Nothing like taking away a super fight when you can have a less deserving mandatory.

    • Bivol was talking about another fight first anyway and like it or lump it these guys need to fight their mandatories or pay step aside money

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