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Callum Smith is confident of knocking out Artur Beterbiev

Callum Smith, a contender at light heavyweight, believes he has the force to knock Artur Beterbiev out.

Smith will go to Canada on August 19 to face Beterbiev for the WBC, IBF, and WBO light heavyweight world belts.

All 19 of the champion's opponents have been destroyed by the unbeaten fighter.

Smith, a former super middleweight champion, is highly motivated to win gold in a second weight class.

Beterbiev, while fearsome, is getting up there in age and he took more punishment than usual in his most recent win over Anthony Yarde.

After losing a lopsided twelve round decision to Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in 2020, Smith moved up to 175-pounds and he's looked like a more dangerous fighter at the higher weight.

Despite his age, Beterbiev will be a tremendous favorite to win the fight.

Smith, however, is paying no attention to the odds.

"I believe I knock him out. I'm confident in my own power," Smith told Sky Sports. "That doesn't mean I think it's an easy fight. I think it's a very tough fight whilst it lasts but I just think he has been hurt and if I see other people hurt him then I definitely believe I can too.

"I'm very meticulous in what I do, and I'll be prepared for the toughest 12-rounds of my career, whether we need them or not, we'll have to wait and see but the goal is to go over there, beat him, take his three belts and return home. I've become a world champion but I want to be a two-weight world champion. I think as a fighter you always want more, and I worked hard to get into this position. I've finally got my chance to achieve my dream and it's a fight I'm excited about and a chance I plan on taking."


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