WBC President Updates Status On Artur Beterbiev Defending His Belt

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman told international media that the organization has no plans to bare their light heavyweight world champion, Artur Beterbeiv (17-0, 17 KOs).

Sulaiman suggested that they are not putting any interference on the unbeaten boxer in terms of moving forward. Beterbiev is set for a summer unification with Joe Smith Jr at the Madison Square Garden on June 18.

The Russian fighter currently holds the IBF’s world title. Sulaiman stated that Beterbiev will be willing to fight as a Canadian due to the sanctions imposed on Russian athletes in all the sports.

“As per our decision, we will not be sanctioning any fights in Russia and no Russian natives will be fighting for our titles,” Sulaiman told Reuters.

“Beterbiev has been in Canada for the last 15 years. His children belong there and he was also born there. As he is eligible to fight as a Canadian, we won’t stand in his way,” Sulaiman said.

The WBC president further added that Evgeny Romanov, WBC’s bridge weight mandatory challenger, won’t participate in the title fight but will keep his status.

“We have had a huge number of Russian silver champions in the WBC and they are unable to defend their title. However, they will be put in a recess,” Sulaiman concluded.

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