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Unified light-heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev has postponed his fight with Callum Smith on August 19th after suffering a dental injury.
The postponement, first reported by ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, was confirmed by Beterbiev’s promoter Top Rank in a statement via social media.
“Artur Beterbiev’s title defence vs Callum Smith – originally scheduled for Aug. 19th – has been postponed due to a bone infection to Beterbiev’s jaw”, the statement read.
“A rescheduled date will be announced soon.”
Liverpool’s Smith is mandatory challenger for the Canadian’s WBC belt following his fourth-round victory over Mathieu Bauderlique in August last year.
The 33 year old stepped up to 175lbs in September 2021 after previously reigning as WBA super-middleweight champion.
Beterbiev, who has won all 19 of his pro bouts via knockout, recently defended his WBC, IBF and WBO titles against Britain’s Anthony Yarde in January.