The fight was originally slated for August 19 but Beterbiev was forced out of the fight due to jaw infection from dental surgery. The fight was rebooked as the first major bout of 2024 with plenty on the line.
Aside from the title, Beterbiev will look to also keep his 100% knockout streak intact against arguably his toughest opponent to date. Also on the line is a potential undisputed light heavyweight clash with WBA champion Dmitry Bivol.
The 38-year-old last fought in January 2023 when he stopped Anthony Yarde in defense of his titles. With a year on the sidelines, there is curiosity if age will catch up to the heavy-handed Beterbiev when he steps back into the ring against a former champion.
Smith’s last fight was in August 2022 when he stopped Mathieu Bauderlique in the fourth round. It was the British fighter’s second outing at light heavyweight. His lone loss came against Canelo Alvarez in 2020. Following that blemish, Smith decided to move up to 175 pounds where he now aims to become a champion and put an end to the reign of the powerful Beterbiev.
Will Beterbiev retain his titles and get one step closer to a highly anticipated showdown with Bivol or can Smith disrupt the proceedings and become a world champion in a second weight class?
Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Smith live updates, highlights, results
Artur Betevbiev vs. Callum Smith
SN Unofficial Scorecard:
Round Four: Beterbiev turns up the heat a little more and lands a hard right hand. Smith trying to fight back and rumbles inside. Beterbiev peppering Smith and has his opponent in trouble. Beterbiev senses Smith wilting and clobbers him with power shots. The champion is just too strong for Smith. Beterbiev puts a right hand behind the jab. Smith lands a hard uppercut. Beterbiev’s jab is like a piston. Combination from Smith lands but it’s not enough to get him the round.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Beterbiev (40-36 Beterbiev)
Round Three: Beterbiev starts fast again and lands a jab and a right hand but Smith battles back with his own jab and hook. Smith is scoring when he throws multiple punches. Beterbiev drills Smith with a hard jab. Good body work from Smith. Right hand to the body and a left up top connects for Beterbiev. Jabs from the champion pushing Smith’s head back. Hard right uppercut from Beterbiev stuns Smith. Smith’s face is showing some swelling and it appears that the pendulum is fully swung in the champ’s favor.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Beterbiev (30-27 Beterbiev)
Round Two: Beterbiev darts forward and lands a pair of hooks. Short right hand over the top from Beterbiev lands clean. Smith attacks but is catching arms and gloves. Big right hand to the body from Beterbiev. Smith starts to come forward but Beterbiev backs him off with a jab. Smith mixes up his punches and a few get through the guard.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Beterbiev (20-18 Beterbiev)
Round One: Beterbiev wastes no time rushing Smith and mauls him with power punches. Smith weathers the storm and resets to the center of the ring. Smith paws with the jab as Beterbiev pushes him into the ropes. Beterbiev scores with the jab. Smith wraps a left hook around the gloves. Smith walks into a check hook and Beterbiev lands to the body and head. Surprisingly fast start from Beterbiev.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Beterbiev
10:59 p.m. ET: The main event is up next. Can Artur Beterbiev retain his unified light heavyweight titles and keep his perfect knockout streak intact or will Callum Smith pull off the upset? We’re going to round-by-round coverage from here on out.
Christian Mbilli outslugs Rohan Murdock for 6th round stoppage
10:53 p.m. ET: The corner has finally seen enough. After another brutal series of power shots to close the sixth round, Murdock’s team refused to send their fighter out for another round. Fantastic win for Mbilli, who is likely going to move up the ladder quickly for a title fight against the undisputed champion Canelo Alvarez.
10:48 p.m. ET: This fight is a lot of fun to watch as Murdock refuses to back down from Mbilli’s vicious onslaught of body punching and combinations up top. It’s one-sided but certainly sets the tone for any fight that wants to be in the “Fight of the Year” conversation. It can’t possibly go much longer though because Murdock is eating too many clean power punches. The fight was almost stopped at the end of the fifth round when Mbilli blasted the Aussie with a wicked assortment of power shots.
10:36 p.m. ET: Mbilli and Murdock apparently saw what Moloney and Sanchez did and wanted to keep the momentum going as it’s been a war through two rounds. The 2016 Olympian is getting the better of Murdock on the inside but it has been very entertaining as Murdock has proven to be game and trade with Mbilli. Murdock is going to have to find a way to slow Mbilli down though.
10:26 p.m. ET: After a stellar brawl that saw Jason Moloney retain his WBO bantamweight championship with a majority decision victory over Saul Sanchez, we’re heading to the co-main event that is a super middleweight showdown between the undefeated Christian Mbilli and Rohan Murdock.
What time is Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Smith today?
The Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Smith card begins at 10 p.m. ET. Here’s how that translates to different timezones globally:
|Main Card Start Time
|Main Event Ring Walks (approx.)
|USA and Canada (ET)
|Saturday, January 13
|10 p.m. ET
|12 a.m. ET
|USA and Canada (PT)
|Saturday, January 13
|7 p.m. ET
|9 p.m. ET
|UK and Ireland
|Sunday, January 14
|3 a.m. GMT
|5 a.m. GMT
|Sunday, January 14
|2 p.m. AEDT
|4 p.m. AEDT
How to watch Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Smith: TV channel, live stream
Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Smith is live on ESPN+ in the U.S.
|UK and Ireland
|Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Arena
Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Smith price: How much does the fight cost?
You can pay $10.99 for a monthly subscription to ESPN+ or buy an annual subscription for $109.99.
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Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Smith fight card
- Artur Beterbiev (c) vs. Callum Smith for the IBF, WBC, WBO light heavyweight titles
- Jason Moloney def. Saul Sanchez via majority decision (116-112, 116-112 & 114-114) to retain for the WBO bantamweight title
- Christian Mbilli def. Rohan Murdock via 6th round TKO (3:00)