Beterbiev Interested In A Unification Bout Against Bivol
Since debuting as a professional boxer in 2013, Artur Beterbiev has been seemingly impossible to crack. The IBF, WBC and lineal Light-Heavyweight Champion has 15 wins, all of them via knockout. While it is quite an accomplishment, it is not something he imagined doing during every fight.
“I can tell you, 100 percent, out of the fifteen fights, I have never once intentionally gone looking for a knockout,” Beterbiev stated to Hannibal Boxing. “My main concern is always to show my best boxing skills, give my best performance, but the priority is never to go for the knockout. Also, I never like saying, ‘I’m going to knock him out,’ because that’s all trash talk and I’m not the kind of person who likes to trash talk before a fight or in general.”
Already facing some of the best, the 35-year-old is ready to continue his dominance. He was set to face off against Meng Fanlong in March in his current home of Quebec City, Canada. As a result of the coronavirus, the fight has been postponed. Although he doesn’t know when the fight will be rescheduled, Beterbiev is hoping it will take place in Quebec. A big driving factor in a fight with Fanlong (16-0) is that he is undefeated as well. He is hoping everyone remains safe but hopes boxing can come back soon.
Beterbiev has beaten some of the top fighters today in Tavoris Cloud, Callum Johnson, and Radivoje Kalajdzic. His most recent bout was a TKO-win over Oleksandr Gvozdyk back in October. A goal following the Fanlong bout would be a unification bout. Dmitry Bivol is the current WBA Light-Heavyweight Champion.
“Everything comes at the right time,” Beterbiev went on to say regarding a bout with Bivol. “I’m not the sort of person who when winter is approaching I’m already looking at spring. Some people look too far ahead. If the fight with Bivol comes at the correct time, of course, I’ll be ready to take the fight.
Beterbiev also has an interest in Joshua Buatsi, the WBA International Light-Heavyweight Champion. If neither fighter is available, however, he would have no problem facing Johnson once again.
Marc Ramsay, Beterbiev’s coach, believes that Beterbiev is the future of the sport. The way he trains and only focuses on fighting means something to him. Having helped Jean Pascal in the Olympics as well as win boxing gold, Ramsay has an idea of what an elite fighter is. He sees something almost similar when it comes to Beterbiev.
“Beterbiev is maybe a little less natural than Jean [in terms of ability], but he works so hard and the results show in every fight,” Ramsay stated. “Right now, he’s the most complete guy I’ve ever worked with. No doubt about it.”