Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith in Play, Says Michel

By Luke Furman

According to Yvon Michel, promoter for IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev, the next fight for his boxer would take place on a date in December.

And the opponent is almost certain to be Joe Smith Jr.

Smith, who is best known for his career-ending knockout of Bernard Hopkins, is still being mentioned as the next opponent for WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol - but that fight has been staggering on the shelf since HBO announced their intention to walk away from boxing by the end of the year.

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Beterbiev (13-0, 13 KOs) has just retained his title against the British banger Callum Johnson, on October 6th. In that contest, Beterbiev recovered from the second knockdown of his career to stop Johnson in the fourth round.

The fight with Smith (24-2, 20 KOs) would take place on December 15 or 22 at Madison Square Garden or Atlantic City.

"It is almost certain that Artur will fight against Joe Smith. What is less certain is when," said Michel to LA Presse.

"But one thing is certain, this next fight will take place in 2018."

What's interesting is Michel stating that Beterbiev vs. Bivol is a lock to be carried on DAZN - since Beterbiev is co-promoted by Eddie Hearn, who signed an exclusive eight year agreement with the streaming service.

The interesting piece of that information, is Beteriev-Smith potentially taking place on the Canelo vs. Rocky Fielding undercard on December 15 - if it takes place on that date - would mean DAZN is picking up the Canelo-Fielding event.

If DAZN fails to secure the Canelo-Fielding card, then Beterbiev-Smith would land on the date of December 22.

Canelo became a network free agent in September, after his contract with HBO expired.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by KTFOKING on 10-16-2018

The fight to me is meh, but I like the fact that Beterbiev is keeping active. Dude had been too inactive and needs to get fights. Sharpen up his skills for when he faces a legitimate threat in Jack or…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 10-16-2018

I have absolutely no problem with this fight whatsoever. Fans write off Smith Jr, but really the guy has the power to easily put Beterbiev's lights out, and vice versa. And neither fighter will be tough to find in the…

Comment by richardt on 10-16-2018

[QUOTE=DaBeastO;19198520]all of his own doing too he had the kovalev fight in the bag and dropped it thanks thanks to outside the ring issues. he's kicking himself right now.[/QUOTE]Yep, that is true for sure.

Comment by DaBeastO on 10-16-2018

[QUOTE=richardt;19196561]Marcus Browne sure dropped off the radar in recent months.[/QUOTE]all of his own doing too he had the kovalev fight in the bag and dropped it thanks thanks to outside the ring issues. he's kicking himself right now.

Comment by AdonisCreed on 10-15-2018

This is a trap fight for sure!!

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