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Christian Mbilli to face Demond Nicholson on Beterbiev-Smith undercard

Christian Mbilli. Photo credit: Vincent Ethier/Eye of the Tiger Management
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Exciting super middleweight Christian Mbilli will face Demond Nicholson in a scheduled 10-round contest on the undercard of IBF, WBC and WBO light heavyweight beltholder Artur Beterbiev’s title defense against Callum Smith, at Videotron Centre, in Quebec City, Canada, on August 19.

Last week we learned that, in chief support, Simon Kean will face Guido Vianello in a heavyweight contest.

The all-action Mbilli and Nicholson shouldn’t disappoint. Both men are known as punchers and for their aggressive styles.

Mbilli (24-0, 20 knockouts), The Ring’s No. 3 ranked super middleweight, represented France at the 2016 Olympics, losing to eventual gold medalist Arlen Lopez at the quarterfinal stage.

He moved to Canada and, after taking the usual steps, has worked his way up the rankings, impressively dominating Ronald Ellis (UD 10), scoring an eye-catching knockout over former title challenger Nadjib Mohammedi (KO 5), blitzing DeAndre Ware (KO 2) and, most recently, engaged in a thrill-a-minute war with Carlos Gongora (UD 10).

Christian Mbilli (right) vs. Carlos Gongora. Photo credit: Vincent Ethier/Eye of the Tiger Management

Christian Mbilli (right) vs. Carlos Gongora. Photo credit: Vincent Ethier/Eye of the Tiger Management

Nicholson (26-5-1, 22 KOs) turned professional in 2013. The Maryland native won his first 10 fights, all inside the distance, before tasting defeat against Lekan Byfield (L TKO 6).

The now 30-year-old rebounded with seven wins before drawing with Immanuwel Aleem (Maj. D 8) and losing to Steve Rolls (SD 8). Subsequent defeats came against Jesse Hart (L TKO 7) and Edgar Berlanga (L UD 8). Nicholson won three fights before a loss, in his most recent bout, to two-division beltholder Demetrius Andrade (L UD 10).

Beterbiev-Smith, plus supporting undercard, will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT. The card will air live and exclusively on in the UK and Ireland.



Artur Beterbiev scheduled to defend his light heavyweight belts against Callum Smith on Aug. 19 – The Ring (

Guido Vianello-Simon Kean scheduled as part of Beterbiev-Smith undercard – The Ring (



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