From Jeff Aranow: IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (13-0, 13 KOs) will be defending his title against 14 IBF fringe contender Joe Smith Jr. (24-2, 20 KOs) on a Matchroom Boxing USA DAZN card to either February 22 or even February 2-3, according to ESPN. This will probably be rsquo Beterbiev &;s defense of his International Boxing Federation 175 pound title he won last year in defeating at Enrico Koelling with a round knockout in November 20 17.

This is going to be a evaluation for Beterbiev, who’s currently looking for unification fights against the winners at 175. Smith Jr. is really a huge puncher, which should make for a fascinating struggle from beginning to finish. Beterbiev will probably choose to box more as opposed to forthcoming flying out from the cubes appearing to slug such as he did in his final struggle.

Beterbiev, 3 3, recently defended his IBF title for the first time in stopping Callum Johnson (17-1, 12 KOs) with an action-packed 4th round knockout on Octobe 6 DAZN at the Wintrust Arena, at Chicago, Illinois. It was competitive all through the canvas that is tasting although the struggle ended with an early knockout. Beterbiev was hurt in the struggle than Johnson, however the fighter collapsed to capitalize on the circumstance.

It’s fine to visit Beterbiev being kept busy using his boxing career, as he’s fought sporadically since 20 17 due to promotional and injury issues. Beterbiev fought one time in 2017 and 2018. Ideally, Beterbiev should be fighting three times a year to allow him to be seen alot by the U.S boxing fans. At this point, a year, fighting would be a welcome switch to Beterbiev from the 1 struggle a year pace he & rsquo;s been doing in the past couple of years of his livelihood. He needs to complete it s still young, if Beterbiev is going to participate with unification fights. WBC champion Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevens was recently dethroned by Oleksander Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KOs) at a heartbreaking struggle on December 1. In the event the struggle can get negotiated It’d be great to visit Gvozdyk and Beterbiev face eachother at a unification fight in the near future.

Last June in beating Melvin Russell at the 1st round, smith looked good in his final game. This has been a fantastic dip straight back struggle for Smith Jr. after he’d been beaten by Cuban Sullivan Barrera with a 10 round unanimous decision last year at July 20 17. After scoring an early knockdown of Barrera at the 1 st round, Smith has been unsuccessful the evaluation of their way, and endured a knee injury. In stopping Bernard Hopkins and Andrzej Fonfara, smith had two wins in 20-16. Those were definitely the very best awards of rsquo & Smith ;s livelihood. Unfortunately, he’s been unable to take advantage of the victories by challenging for a domain name. The Beterbiev fight is going to be the first time Smith could have scrapped at a title fight.

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