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Eddie Hearn: “Callum Smith is going to knock Artur Beterbiev spark out!”

Callum Smith (left) with Eddie Hearn (right). Photo credit: Sky Sports

Promoter Eddie Hearn is adamant that his boxer Callum ‘Mundo’ Smith 29-1 (21) will spring the upset on WBC, WBO and IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev 19-0 (19) when they meet at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada on August 19.

And not by any means, either. Hearn has tabbed Smith to win by savage knockout.

“Callum Smith is going to knock Beterbiev spark out. You know, like a face-down type of knockout?” the Matchroom Boxing boss said over the weekend.

“Beterbiev is going to come in like he does and square up his feet and Callum is going to do what he does best, which is to catch-counter with the left hook with a one-punch knockout.”

Russian-born Canadian citizen Beterbiev, 38, had his hands full in his last outing against Anthony Yarde 23-3 (22), eventually knocking out the Brit in the 8th round in January in a bout he was trailling on two of the judges’ scorecards.

“He’s definitely slipping. He’s like 39 years old, but he’s also a beast. He’s unbelievable. Sooner or later [he’s going to get beat],” Hearn continued.

Hearn lost the purse bid to Beterbiev’s promoter Top Rank by a measly $5,000, giving the champion the home ground advantage.

“I bid $2.15 million and they bid $2.155 million,” said Hearn. “Everyone thought it was a fix, but it wasn’t because we were there in fucking Mexico City in person and I was gutted.

“Listen, I know Beterbiev is the favourite. I’m not saying he’s not the favourite, but I can see it in my own eyes this one-punch knockout.”

Asked if he would apologise if Smith lost, Hearn replied: “I’m not going to apologise. I’m not going to be sorry. I should say, ‘Congratulations, you’re right’, but not ‘Sorry, you’re right. Congratulations, you’re right.’”

Hearn wants the winner of Beterbiev-Smith to face WBA champion Dmitry Bivol 21-0 (11), but that bout is problematic as the WBC has decided that no Russian boxer will fight for one of their titles while the war in Ukraine continues.

“But whatever happens, we will try and make Bivol against the winner of that fight. Mauricio Sulaiman is saying that [Beterbiev vs Bivol] cannot be for the undisputed because the WBC will not allow him [Bivol] to fight for the WBC title because he’s from Russia,” Hearn said.

“I respect Mauricio Sulaiman. He’s a friend of mine. We don’t always agree with everything. It’s difficult because Dmitry is my friend and he’s probably one of the nicest, most peaceful guys you could ever meet.

“I don’t feel like a man’s legacy should be defined by one or a small group of people running his country that he does not agree with that regime or movement.

“If he turned around and said, ‘Yes, I support this, I agree.’ But it’s very difficult when a guy is saying, ‘I don’t even know anything about that. I’m just training in LA. I want everyone to get along.’

“I think you can appeal it, but Errol Spence made some interesting comments recently about the belts. You saw the biggest fight of the year had no belts between Tank [Davis] and Ryan Garcia. Do you care if it’s not undisputed between Beterbiev and Bivol?

“We’d prefer it to be. We know the fighters would much prefer it to be but when it comes down to it, if it’s the case of losing it and making it, that’s what we will have to do.”