Anthony Yarde believes that Callum Smith’s performance is much better in the light heavyweight class, because he doesn’t need to kill himself to gain weight. / Photo: Instagram @callumsmith23
LONDON – Callum Smith will challenge the IBF/WBC/WBO light heavyweight boxing world champion, Artur Beterbiev on January 13 2024 in Quebec City, Canada. So, what are the British boxer’s chances when he faces Beterbiev?
Smith’s compatriot Anthony Yarde also gave his predictions. Yarde in January 2023 had the opportunity to test Beterbiev’s strength. He also had to surrender with a TKO defeat in the eighth round.
Even so, Yarde thinks that Callum Smith’s performance is much better in the light heavyweight class, because he doesn’t need to kill himself to gain weight. In his career, Smith started his journey at super middle class, and he even became world champion in that division.
“I’ve fought Beterbiev, I know about him. I see Beterbiev will win, but I hope Callum Smith can win the fight,” said Yarde, as quoted by Sky Sports, recently.
However, Yarde said that Smith has experience fighting against Mexican boxing star, Saul Canelo Alvarez in December 2020. In that fight, Smith was able to hold Canelo for up to 12 rounds. And in the end, Smith only suffered an absolute numerical defeat.
“He fought Canelo and Canelo didn’t knock him out, so he’s going to take something from that,” he said.
Apart from the Smith vs Beterbiev fight, Yarde also gave his views on the two light heavyweight kings, Beterbiev and WBA champion Dmitrii Bivol. When the two undefeated boxers meet in the ring, who will end the duel with both hands up?
During his career, Bivol has scored impressive wins over well-known boxers, such as Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gilberto Ramirez. However, Beterbiev, who was so brilliant throughout his amateur career, was able to finish all 19 of his professional fights with KO/TKO wins.
Yarde admitted that it was difficult to determine who won between Bivol and Beterbiev. “It’s very tight between Beterbiev and Bivol, the credibility of both of them speaks for itself,” he said.
“Beterbiev has fought and knocked out better opponents. Everyone he’s ever fought with he’s beaten. That’s not a coincidence, that’s not a fluke. It’s 50/50 between the two,” he said.