Artur Beterbiev and Callum Johnson fight Saturday for the IBF light-heavyweight title.

Artur Beterbiev enters this fight with a 12-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Beterbiev’s second fight since 2017, and he’s coming off a November win over Enrico Koelling. Beterbiev will defend his belt for the first time after he abused Koelling, who refused to let his hands go. Beterbiev landed over 300 punches and produced two knockdowns before a 12th round knockout, while his opponent landed less than 70 punches. Beterbiev is 33 years old, stands at 5’11” with a 73 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Beterbiev has produced knockouts in all 12 of his fights and has made it out of the fourth round just twice. Conditioning was an issue for Beterbiev in the past, but he likely answered some of those questions with his most recent bout. Beterbiev usually walks down his opponent and is always the aggressor, as he threw over 1,000 punches in his last fight. Beterbiev has an effective jab and a vicious right hand that can drop most fighters in this division when landed cleanly. This is a nice fight for the Russian to give him increased exposure considering he’s been rather inactive compared to other fighters in this division.

British light-heavyweight champion Callum Johnson will challenge Artur Beterbiev for the IBF world title on 6 October, says promoter Eddie Hearn.

Johnson, 32, will contest a world title for the first time when he meets the undefeated Russian in America.

The Lincolnshire-born fighter won the British title with an emphatic stoppage win over Frank Buglioni in March.

He has 17 wins from 17 bouts, while Beterbiev has 12 and claimed the IBF title in his last bout.

The 33-year-old stopped Germany's Enrico Kolling in the final round of their world-title contest.

Johnson's promoter Hearn tweeted: "Pleased to agree a deal for Callum to challenge Artur Beterbiev for the IBF World title. Fight will take place October 6 in the US - full details soon.