Beterbiev Cares About Retaining Title, Not KO Streak
Since turning pro in June 2013, Artur Beterbiev has knocked out 14 people in a row on the road to winning the IBF light heavyweight title.
Now, on October 18th he battles Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Philadelphia with his title and his knockout streak hanging in the balance, one more important than the other.
“It’s not important,” Beterbiev told a group of reporters Wednesday at the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel. “I’m focused with [the] fight. Knockout or not knockout, I’m not focused for that.”
“It’s never the objective for us,” trainer Marc Ramsay told BoxingScene.com. “The objective is to perform well and to win the bout. In a boxing match, we cannot just expect that. If you have this in your head, it means you only have one option. For a fight of this [magnitude], it’s not smart for a trainer. You have to be ready for everything the night of the fight.”
“If [Beterbiev] goes for the knockout, that means you only have one option in your head,” Ramsay said. “And you can’t go into a boxing match like this. You have to be prepared for every scenario.”
“With Artur, it’s really not a focus at all. At one point, we know we’re gonna do a fight where it’s gonna be a decision, and it’s gonna be the end of the streak. And that’s it. It’s not very important at all. Our objective is always to perform well and win the bout. End of story.”
Report: Boxing Scene