Beterbiev-Callum Johnson is Done For October 6, Says Hearn

By Keith Idec

Eddie Hearn had more pressing, Anthony Joshua-related business to address to Tuesday, but that didn’t stop him from announcing another title fight.

Hearn revealed through his Twitter account that he has reached an agreement for British contender Callum Johnson (17-0, 12 KOs) to challenge IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (12-0, 12 KOs). According to Hearn, whose company promotes Johnson, their fight for Beterbiev’s 175-pound championship will take place October 6 at an undetermined location in the United States.

The Beterbiev-Johnson fight is expected to be streamed by DAZN as part of Hearn’s content deal with Perform Group. That agreement – which could last eight years and become worth $1 billion – was officially announced last month in New York.

beterbiev-koelling-fight (10)

The 33-year-old Beterbiev’s last fight, in which he knocked out Germany’s Enrico Koelling to win the then-vacant IBF title, was televised by ESPN as part of the network’s partnership with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. The Russian knockout artist hasn’t fought since defeating Koelling (26-2, 8 KOs) on November 11 in Fresno, California, largely due to his legal battle with promoter Yvon Michel.

Quebec’s Michel recently won his case against Beterbiev in a Montreal superior court and his company, Group Yvon Michel, will remain Beterbiev’s promoter until 2021. Beterbiev attempted to terminate his contract with Michel by contending that its terms weren’t honored, but a Canadian judge disagreed and ruled June 8 that their contract is valid.

Smith, meanwhile, realizes this is a chance to completely change his career. Boxing Beterbiev also represents a huge step up in competition for the 32-year-old contender from England, who’s ranked No. 8 by the IBF.

“I’ve dreamt of winning a world title since I was a kid,” Smith told Sky Sports recently, “so I’m not going to turn down this chance because [Beterbiev] is this apparent beast. I believe I am a beast as well and can beat him.

“I don’t fear any man, so all the talk of how big and strong he is, his power, it’s all very well and good. But at the end of the day, he’s human. I don’t fear him.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by khal-d on 06-28-2018

[QUOTE=Andre Wardttke;18893656]Confirmed that it is an undercard fight and not the main event.[/QUOTE] What a relief, not a bad undercard name at all

Comment by Shane1091 on 06-28-2018

[QUOTE=iNixus;18896491]Beterbiev just finished ramadan so it need time to recover then start training camp. this is why its set in october. imo[/QUOTE] Yea true but he was training during Ramadan but It won't be in the same intensity either way…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 06-27-2018

[QUOTE=JayCho;18892512]Is beterbiev the 'euro bum' or Johnson?[/QUOTE] That guys an idiot he should really be ignored

Comment by iNixus on 06-27-2018

Beterbiev just finished ramadan so it need time to recover then start training camp. this is why its set in october. imo

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 06-27-2018

[QUOTE=Shane1091;18894915][QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;18894766]From Buglioni to Beterbiev, though? That's one of the biggest leaps I've seen any fighter take. I hope he doesn't get ruined when he's probably at least 3 or 4 fights away from peaking as a fighter - mainly…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (41)
Top Headlines Photos: Anthony Joshua Blasts Out Povetkin - MEGA Gallery Anthony Joshua: Fans Can Decide My April Foe! Photos: Lawrence Okolie Defeats Matty Askin in a Stinker Photos: Shakhram Giyasov Breaks Down, Stops Laguna Danny Garcia: Porter Loss Was Tough, I Have A lot of Fight Left! Jayson Velez Demolishes Orlando Cruz in Two Rounds Krael Shocks Borrego on Mayweather Card, Bellows is Upset Selina Barrios Dominates Juarez: Wants Taylor, Mayer, Serrano Hearn: Fury is The Most Unentertaining Fighter I've Ever Seen! Anthony Joshua: I Got My Knockout Streak Back Povetkin Credits Joshua For Big Win, Has No Excuses Over Loss Arum Very Interested in Bringing Canelo and Golovkin To ESPN Danny Gonzalez Edges Johnny Hernandez in Tough Fight Hearn: We Want Wilder Now, It's Biggest Fight in World Boxing Firat Arslan, Emre Cukur, Tarik Sozer Victorius in Istanbul Fury Not Impressed With Joshua Win: Biggest Bum I Ever Saw Photos: Tony Bellew, Oleksandr Usyk - Face To Face at Wembley Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin - CompuBox Punch Stats Joshua's Promoter: We'll Try For The Deontay Wilder Fight Again Anthony Joshua Drops, Stops Alexander Povetkin in Seventh Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin: LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jonathan Taconing Dominates Vince Paras, Retains in Manila Luke Campbell Gets Revenge, Decisions Yvan Mendy Joshua vs. Povetkin: CompuBox Historical Review Luke Campbell vs. Yvan Mendy - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Lawrence Okolie Decisions Matty Askin in Very Ugly Fight Joshua Wants To Emulate Ronaldo and Pacquiao's Longevity Lawrence Okolie vs. Matty Askin - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin: Stats & Stakes Sergey Kuzmin Stops a Tired David Price in Four Rounds David Price vs. Sergey Kuzmin - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Shakhram Giyasov Stops Laguna in Five Rounds Promoter: Joshua Knows What He Faces In Underestimated Povetkin Michael Dutchover Takes Out Berman Aguilar in Five Rounds Siesta: Upset on Joshua-Povetkin could change the boxing world Okolie Hopes To Move on To Next Level on Joshua Undercard Wilder vs. Fury, Joshua vs. Povetkin - CompuBox Final 4 Analysis Frank Warren Breaks Down Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin Takam: If Povetkin Starts Slow, He'll Get Slaughtered By Joshua Ryan Garcia: Canelo Beats Golovkin Even Easier in Third Fight

Latest Active Forum Threads