Beterbiev Feels Confident Regarding Potential Matchup With Usyk
IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev has expressed interest in facing Oleksandr Usyk. The Ukrainian is currently the holder of WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight titles.
The bout would need to take place in the cruiserweight division, which brings happy memories to Usyk as he became the undisputed champion in 2018. Beterbiev was in action last weekend, where he conquered Anthony Yarde in eight rounds. This win brings the Russian’s unbeaten streak to 19 matches.
Conversely, Usyk has had a memorable time in the ring as he secured consecutive wins over Anthony Joshua. Currently, there are negotiations taking place for an undisputed fight featuring the Ukrainian and the WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
“No problem,” Beterbiev said. “If you organize. He’s successful. He did a good job [with his career]. He’s a good fighter and he did a good job. I’m not really interested [in his career]. I’m not following Usyk or someone else,” Beterbiev told Sky Sports.
The Russian would love to face his countryman Dmitry Bivol, but it doesn’t look likely in 2023 as Bivol encounters Joshua Buatsi before getting his rematch clause against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
“I could move up, it’s interesting, but another champion is good too,” Beterbiev said. “I try to be ready for everything. If it comes, we will try to do it.”