Knockout Artist Beterbiev To Face Fanlong In March
After gaining the promotional rights to the fight in January, Top Rank has finally made the WBC and IBF Light-Heavyweight Championship fight between Artur Beterbiev and Meng Fanlong official.
The fight between the two will take place inside the Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada on March 28. The area is where Beterbiev trains.
“Artur Beterbiev is uniquely motivated to put on a show for his Canadian fans, as he returns to Canada as a unified world champion,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Like Artur, Meng was a tremendous amateur. He’s fought around the world and will not be intimidated as a challenger in foreign territory.”
With all of his wins coming via knockout, Beterbiev (15-0) has become a true force to be reckoned with. His last bout was a tenth-round TKO win against Oleksandr Gvozdyk in October. As a result, the 35-year-old won the WBC and lineal Light-Heavyweight Titles. A unified champion, this will be his fourth defense of the IBF Light-Heavyweight Title, a title he won against Enrico Kollong back in November 2017.
Beterbiev is currently featured on FIGHT SPORTS’ featured article, titled Throwback Throwdown. The piece discusses his rise to superstardom in a 2014 bout against Tavoris Cloud.
“I’m very much looking forward to defending my IBF and WBC titles against mandatory challenger Meng Fanlong on March 28 in beautiful Quebec City,” Beterbiev said. “I’m training hard, improving every day, and I intend to perform at my best in front of my Canadian supporters!”
Fanlong (16-0), has won ten fights via knockout. His last bout was a TKO-win against Gilberto Rubio back in October. Winning the IBF Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title back in 2017, Fanlong is looking to add more gold to his collection.
“I am truly honored to be fighting Artur Beterbiev for the light heavyweight championship,” Fanlong said. “I have worked hard to earn the mandatory position, and I plan on being the first Chinese light heavyweight champion in history. This is just the beginning.”
Beterbiev v. Fanlong will be featured on ESPN programming, with the main card on ESPN at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. The undercard will be airing at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT on ESPN+. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, February 19 at 10 a.m. ET.