Beterbiev And Smith Face-Off At Their Pre-Fight Presser

Artur Beterbiev takes on Callum Smith this Saturday in a defense of his WBO, WBC and IBF titles from Quebec City, Canada, as both men held their pre-fight presser.

The pressure is on Beterbiev to win following the news that Dmitry Bivol has signed his side of the agreement to face the Russian for undisputed if Artur beats Smith. Beterbiev has a 100 percent stoppage rate, with a win over Anthony Yarde in his last fight. Beterbiev’s preparation was clouded by the news his VADA tests showed ‘atypical findings’ for human growth hormone and 5D-androstanediol. Further tests came back negative, failing to result in a negative inference. But the fact that Smith tested negative has left many questions unanswered. 

Smith enters the fight full of confidence. Following his only defeat to Canelo Alvarez, he has bounced back with two knockout wins in a row. The defeat to Alvarez happened at 168, with Smith moving up to 175 since then, making him much stronger at the weight. But since Smith has been out of the ring since 2022, will that inactivity hamper him? 

Key Quotes

 

“I’m excited, just like I am for every fight. For this fight, we prepared like we usually do, which is at 100 percent. I’m focused on this fight. I’m happy that my supporters are coming to watch us. But I have things to do,” Beterbiev
“I’m here to do a job. I’m here to become a world champion again. I’m here with my team. And as long as I’m with them, I can be anywhere and feel like home. I’m in a good place mentally and physically, and I’m ready to perform.This will be exciting. He’s a very good fighter. He’s a three-belt champion. So, his achievements speak for themselves. But, I believe in myself. I always have. I believe that the best version of me can beat anyone in the world. I fully stand by that.”
“I’ve improved a lot over the last couple of years with {my trainer} Buddy McGirt. And the time is now. I’m ready to become a two-division world champion. I’m being presented with the opportunity this weekend, and it’s an opportunity I plan on taking.” “Regardless of whether the crowd is cheering for me or against me, I’m there to do a job. My focus is on my opponent. It’s nice to have people cheering for you. But if they’re not, I’m still there to do the same thing,” Smith
“He’s a good fighter. He’s a complete. He’s No. 1 for a reason. But at the end of the day, Artur has been boxing since he was nine. He’s seen everything.” “It’s always good {for him to start camp in Russia}. It’s a protocol that we’ve had for a long time. We’ve had success with that protocol. He goes to a high altitude to start training camp the right way and make sure he’s not starting the real camp at zero,” Marc Ramsay (Beterbiev’s head trainer)
“He’s very underrated. I think a lot of people underestimate him. He’s going to really showcase what he can do on Saturday night.” “You can’t go into the fight thinking about his record. We know what’s in front of us. We’re not stupid. We know that it’s a tough test. We’re prepared for that. If you’re worried about that, you’re in the wrong business,” Buddy McGirt (Smith’s head trainer)

Rest Of The Card

Jason Moloney vs. Saul Sanchez, 12 rounds, Moloney’s WBO Bantamweight World Title

Imam Khataev vs. Michael Ludwiczak, 10 rounds, light heavyweight

Leila Beaudoin vs. Elizabeth Espinoza, 8 rounds, junior lightweight

Wilkens Mathieu vs. Jose Arias Alvarez, 6 rounds, super middleweight

Mehmet Ünal vs. Dragan Lepei, 8 rounds, light heavyweight

Christopher Guerrero vs. Sergio Herrera, 8 rounds, welterweight

Moreno Fendero vs. Victor Hugo Flores, 4 rounds, middleweight 

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