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‘He’s good challenge for me’: Artur Beterbiev preparing for the best version of Callum Smith

Artur Beterbiev will defend three of his world titles against Callum Smith

Artur Beterbiev may be a unified world champion, but he refuses to talk himself up.
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev takes some time to chat with Fight Hype about his upcoming fight against Callum Smith, how he keeps it all together at his advancing age, and the biggest fight he’s looking forward to. Check out some excerpts of what he had to say below.

Betervbiev on what he makes up his upcoming opponent in Callum Smith

“He’s good opponent. He’s good challenge for me. If we talk about my past opponents, I never say someone’s going to be easy for me, if it’s going to be easy for me or not. Like him too, I’m preparing for Callum Smith for 100% like he prepare for me too.

On if he’s concerned that he’s now 38 and by the time he gets his biggest fights he’ll be past his best days

“I have boxing coach and condition coach for power training, cardio. Every camp I ask them after sparrings or after my toughest trainings with my condition coach, ‘how is it? Is it better than five years ago or not good? How do you think?’ And they tell me it’s better than five years ago but I don’t know. I feel good too, but I think they lie to me. I feel good, I’m good. I feel everything good, but I think they lie to me a little bit [laughs].”

On if a fight against Dmitry Bivol is the one he wants the most, even more than one against Canelo Alvarez or David Benavidez

“Yes, of course. We have to.”

On why he thinks he would beat Bivol

“I didn’t tell you I was gonna win this fight. I mean, I try to win this fight, for sure. I do everything, anything, what I needed to win this fight, but I do.”

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