Russian champions WBC and IBF Beterbiev to face American boxer Joe Smith Jr. this fall
MOSCOW, May 4. / TASS /. Russian WBC and IBF light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev is set to hold his next fight this fall against Joe Smith Jr. of the United States, Top Rank company chief Bob Arum told TASS on Tuesday.
Arum said in an interview with a TASS correspondent that Artur Beterbiev is now scheduled to face Joe Smith Jr. in the fall and that the fight is to take place under certain conditions at Madison Square Garden Arena.
Top Rank CEO Arum also added that he wanted to see spectators present during the Beterbiev-Smith Jr. clash, but fixes in the organization of the fight would follow.
Beterbiev, 36, has an unblemished boxing career record of 16 wins (all by KO / TKO) and zero losses.
The Russian boxer has kept the IBF (International Boxing Federation) champion belt since 2017 and the WBC (World Boxing Council) champion belt since 2019. Less than two months ago, he beat the German Adam Deines.
Ahead of facing Deines this year, Beterbiev faced Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk defending his two league belts with a knockout victory over his Ukrainian opponent.
Joe Smith Jr. currently has a record of 27 wins (21 by KO) and three losses. The American boxer last fought against Russian Maxim Vlasov in April 2020 and beat him. The American fighter currently holds the World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion belt.