Beterbiev Stays Focused On His Undisputed Goal

Artur Beterbiev is focused on becoming the Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion as he faces Dmitry Bivol on June 1. 

Beterbiev holds the WBC, IBF, and WBO belts, hoping to add Bivol’s WBA title in a battle of two undefeated fighters. The fight is 50-50, with little to choose between them. Beterbiev is a knockout artist with a 20-0 record that includes all stoppage wins. Bivol is also undefeated, with a 22-0 record.

Only 11 of those include knockouts, but Bivol has shown he can perform on the biggest stage, giving Canelo Alvarez only his second loss. Beterbiev has spoken about doing anything he can to win rather than focusing on getting a stoppage. At 39, there may not be too many chances left for the Russian to become undisputed.

“It’s like when you do a job, it’s good. It’s goal [to become undisputed]. He’s a good boxer. I know some things about him, but I don’t tell you. I can’t say he’s the best opponent in my career before I fight him. We’ll see how he’s going to fight. After the fight, I can tell you. When you get older, you get smarter. You’re learning more,” Beterbiev said 

A win for Beterbiev may be enough for the boxer to retire. The 39-year-old is unlikely to move up to cruiserweight or come down to 168. While a rematch with Bivol could take place, Beterbiev has the chance to become the best light heavyweight of his era. A victory over Bivol solidifies his position as that. 

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