Callum Smith carries high hopes of becoming a two-weight world champion in his forthcoming match against Artur Beterbiev on August 19th. Smith, the current WBA light heavyweight titleholder, is moving up in weight to fight Beterbiev for his WBC and IBF crowns.
Smith revealed his optimism during an interview with Sky Sports Boxing, saying, “I like my chances in this fight.” He further expressed, “To win this, I have to be at the top of my game, which I’m convinced I am. My progression over the past few years has been significant and the increased weight fits me perfectly, so come August 19th, I trust I will be world champion.”
In what he describes as “the greatest bout of my career,” Smith displays a readiness to measure his skills against the world’s elite. “I have the conviction that I can emerge victorious in this fight and I’m prepared to give my all to ensure that happens,” he added.
While Smith respects Beterbiev’s punching power, he is not intimidated by it. “Yes, he’s a very heavy hitter,” Smith acknowledged, “But I’m unphased by his strength. I have faith in my capabilities and I’m confident that I can avoid his punches.”
Smith is certain that his agility and footwork will play to his advantage against Beterbiev. “I’m much quicker and more agile than him,” he stated.I’m not going to stand in front of him and trade punches. I’m going to use my speed and footwork to move around him and land my shots.”
Smith is excited to fight Beterbiev. “This is the biggest fight of my career,” Smith said. “I’m excited to test myself against the best in the world. I know I can win this fight and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I do.”
Regarding his previous performance against Canelo, Smith confessed that he was outclassed, but is confident that the best version of himself can secure a victory. He appealed to observers not to base their opinions solely on that performance, reassuring them that he has grown stronger as a fighter.