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Artur Beterbiev

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Artur Beterbiev
Артур Бетербиев
Real nameArtur Asilbekovich Beterbiev
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Reach185 cm (73 in)
Born (1985-01-21) 21 January 1985 (age 34)
Khasavyurt, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Boxing record
Total fights15
Wins by KO15

Artur Asilbekovich Beterbiev (Russian: Артур Асильбекович Бетербиев; born 21 January 1985) is a Russian professional boxer of Chechen-Akkhiyn descent. He is a unified world champion having held the IBF light-heavyweight title since 2017 and the WBC and lineal light heavyweight titles since 2019. As of October 2019, he is ranked as the world's best active light-heavyweight by The Ring and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and third by BoxRec.

As an amateur, Beterbiev won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, gold at the 2009 World Championships, as well as gold at the 2006 and 2010 European Championships, all in the light-heavyweight division. He also reached the quarter-finals of the heavyweight bracket at the 2012 Olympics.

Beterbiev is particularly known for his exceptional punching power, having won all of his professional fights by knockout or stoppage.[1]

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Amateur career

Beterbiev competed as a light-heavyweight and heavyweight in his amateur career.[2] He won the 2006 European Amateur Boxing Championships beating Kenneth Egan and Ismail Sillakh among others. He beat Egor Mekhontsev but lost to two-time world champion Evgeny Makarenko in 2006.[clarification needed] In 2007 he beat future unified light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in the semi-finals, and eventually beat Evgeny Makarenko in finals to qualify for the World Championships. In the finals of the World Championships he faced the little-known Abbos Atoev but lost in an upset.[3]

At the Olympics 2008 he beat Kennedy Katende 15:3 then fell controversially to local boxer Zhang Xiaoping who went on to win the gold medal.

In Milan he beat young Cuban Jose Larduet and Uzbek Elshod Rasulov for the 2009 world championship title.

At the 2011 World Championships he lost to eventual winner Oleksandr Usyk by 13–17. At the 2012 Olympics he edged out Michael Hunter but lost again by 13–17 to Usyk. Both of these were in the heavyweight division.

Professional career

Early career

Beterbiev moved to Montreal to pursue a professional career.[4] He won his professional debut via a second-round TKO over Christian Cruz at the Bell Centre on July 8, 2013. Beterbiev fought on the undercard of Jean Pascal vs. Lucian Bute, beating Gabriel Lecrosnier by TKO on the fourth round.

North American champion

Beterbiev vs. Cloud

After winning his first five professional bouts, Beterbiev would face off against former IBF light-heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud for the vacant NABA title on September 27, 2014. After a tentative opening minute from both fighters, Beterbiev opened up and began landing powerful shots that visibly rocked Cloud. In the final minute, the Russian would drop his opponent three times via combinations. Before this fight, Cloud had never been dropped in his professional career. Beterbiev would close the show in round two, landing multiple hard shots to the head that knocked Cloud out, giving Beterbiev his first title.[5]

Beterbiev vs. Page, Campillo

In December 2014, Beterbiev stopped light heavyweight prospect Jeff Page Jr. in two rounds, winning the vacant IBF North American and NABO light-heavyweight titles. However, Beterbiev was dropped for the first time in a professional fight in the first stanza of the fight. "I felt a bit sleepy before the fight. I think I just lost my concentration for a fraction of a second," Beterbiev said of the knockdown.[6] Afterwards, Beterbiev would face off against another former IBF world champion, Gabriel Campillo, with his North American title at stake. Both men began cautiously until Beterbiev dropped Campillo late in the first round. The Russian slowly wore down his foe with multiple straight rights to the body. Finally in the fourth, Beterbiev would land a straight/uppercut hybrid that would hit Campillo square on the chin, and followed it up with a perfunctory left hook before walking to his corner while his opponent slid to the canvas, barely conscious.[7] The PSI detector in his gloves stated that the first punch landed with 973 pounds per square inch[citation needed].

Subsequent defenses

Beterbiev improved his record to 9-0 against Alexander Johnson on June 12, 2015 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Beterbiev knocked Johnson down twice in the fifth and a third time in the seventh before finishing him at 1:38 of the round, clobbering him with a left hook and finishing him off with an overhand right that put Johnson through the ropes down and out.[8] With the win, Beterbiev added the vacant WBO International light-heavyweight title to his other four minor titles.

In June 2016, Beterbiev defeated Ezequiel Maderna by round 4 TKO, dropping him four times along the way.[9] Beterbiev's eleventh professional win came against Isidro Prieto, whom he knocked out after a flurry of punches at the end of the first round.[10] Beterbiev had several title eliminators and world title shots fall through, including bouts against Sullivan Barrera, Igor Mikhalkin, and Sergey Kovalev.[11][12][13] He also faced long periods of inactivity in a promotional dispute against Yvon Michel.[14]

Beterbiev vs. Kölling

In July 2017, Beterbiev had yet another world title eliminator fall through. He was scheduled to face Enrico Kölling, with the winner becoming the IBF's mandatory challenger to unified world champion Andre Ward, but the fight was never finalized amidst Beterbiev's contract dispute.[15] A purse bid was later won by Top Rank, with the American promotion planning to broadcast the fight on ESPN, as part of a show including Jessie Magdaleno.[16] The show was later announced to be taking place on November 11 at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno.[17] Magdaleno would later drop out with an injury.[18]

Andre Ward officially announced his retirement on September, therefore the IBF title became vacant. The IBF later announced that the fight between Beterbiev and Kölling would be for the now-vacant world title.[19] Beterbiev dominated Kölling in a dull fight, walking him down while Kölling refused to engage.[20] Beterbiev finally scored a knockdown in round 12, as Kölling went down on one knee and received a count. When the fight resumed, Beterbiev dropped Kölling again and the referee waved the fight off. Beterbiev landed 322 of 1,111 punches (29 percent) while Kölling landed 64 of 252 blows (25 percent).[21]

Beterbiev vs. Johnson

In October 2018, Beterbiev fought British champion Callum Johnson in a mandatory defence of his IBF world title in Chicago.[22] Johnson, ranked 7th in the world with the IBF at the time, was coming off a round 1 TKO of domestic rival Frank Buglioni; his first fight in nearly one-and-a-half years.[23] Beterbiev accepted the fight on a co-promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA, which was aired live on DAZN in the USA and on Sky Sports in the UK.[24]

Beterbiev won an action-packed fight by round 4 KO, which saw both men hurt and knocked down; Johnson in round 1 by a Beterbiev right hand followed by Beterbiev in round 2 from a Johnson left hook. Both men fought aggressively but it was Beterbiev who knocked down Johnson a final time in round 4 with another right hand to the head; the British fighter failed to beat the count and Beterbiev retained his world title.[25]

Beterbiev vs. Gvozdyk

After Beterbiev defeated Radivoje Kalajdzic (24-1) by KO in May 2019, Top Rank set to work on a unification fight between Beterbiev and WBC and lineal light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-0) for some time in Autumn 2019 on ESPN. The winner of Beterbiev vs. Gvozdyk will hold two of the four world titles at 175, and set up further unification matches. In July it was announced that the fight would be on 18 October, at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.[26] Beterbiev would go on to win the fight in the 10th round by TKO. [27]

Personal life

Beterbiev was born in Khasavyurt, Dagestan, and is of Chechen descent. He currently resides in his adopted hometown of Montreal, Quebec. Beterbiev is a Muslim, and married with three children; a son and two daughters.

Legal matters

Artur was formerly promoted By Groupe Yvon Michel. After lengthy legal proceedings, which Beturbiev lost in 2018, he was ruled under contract to Michel until 2021. Beturbiev appealed, arguing his contract with Michel had expired in March 2017, then agreed to an out-of-court settlement with Michel. His original 2013 contract had been extended to 2015. A judge ruled that a promised purse, which Beterbiev stated was not completely paid by the following March, over a December 2015 bout with Isidro Prieto, and the fact that Beterbiev agreed to a process of elimination bouts to secure the International Boxing Federation World Light Heavyweight title, despite a four-bout-a-year contractual agreement, did not cause any prejudice to his career. Beterbiev’s legal battle kept him relatively inactive, fighting only once in 2017 and 2018, until his contractual dispute was resolved.

"We are proud of the work we have done with Artur during our association, and we wish him the best success in the pursuit of his career," said Promoter Yvon Michel after the settlement agreement.

"I am relieved, and happy to now be able to focus one hundred percent on my training and my performances in the ring," said Beterbiev. "I want to thank Yvon and all members of the GYM team for their efforts, and support in developing my career since arriving in Canada in 2013". Beterbiev had entered into new a co-promotional agreement with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing. However, after one fight under the Eddie Hearn arrangement, Beterbiev left Hearn, and subsequently signed to Top Rank and ESPN.[28] B.[29]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
15 fights 15 wins 0 losses
By knockout 15 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
15 Win 15–0 Ukraine Oleksandr Gvozdyk TKO 10 (12), 2:49 18 Oct 2019 United States Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US Retained IBF light-heavyweight title;
Won WBC and lineal light heavyweight titles
14 Win 14–0 United States Radivoje Kalajdzic KO 5 (12), 0:13 4 May 2019 United States Stockton Arena, Stockton, California, US Retained IBF light-heavyweight title
13 Win 13–0 United Kingdom Callum Johnson KO 4 (12), 2:36 6 Oct 2018 United States Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois, US Retained IBF light-heavyweight title
12 Win 12–0 Germany Enrico Kölling KO 12 (12), 2:33 11 Nov 2017 United States Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California, US Won vacant IBF light-heavyweight title
11 Win 11–0 Paraguay Isidro Ranoni Prieto TKO 1 (12), 2:44 23 Dec 2016 Canada Casino du Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada Retained WBA–NABA light-heavyweight title
10 Win 10–0 Argentina Ezequiel Maderna TKO 4 (12), 0:54 4 Jun 2016 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBA–NABA light-heavyweight title
9 Win 9–0 United States Alexander Johnson TKO 7 (10), 1:38 12 Jun 2015 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US Retained WBA–NABA light-heavyweight title;
Won vacant WBO International light-heavyweight title
8 Win 8–0 Spain Gabriel Campillo KO 4 (12), 0:37 4 Apr 2015 Canada Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Retained IBF North American light-heavyweight title
7 Win 7–0 United States Jeff Page Jr. TKO 2 (10), 2:21 19 Dec 2014 Canada Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Retained WBA–NABA light-heavyweight title;
Won vacant IBF North American and WBONABO light-heavyweight titles
6 Win 6–0 United States Tavoris Cloud KO 2 (12), 0:38 27 Sep 2014 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant WBANABA light-heavyweight title
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Alvaro Enriquez TKO 1 (6), 2:38 22 Aug 2014 Canada Complexe Sportif Sportscene, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
4 Win 4–0 France Gabriel Lecrosnier TKO 4 (6), 2:44 18 Jan 2014 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3 Win 3–0 United States Billy Bailey KO 1 (6), 2:49 30 Nov 2013 Canada Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
2 Win 2–0 United States Rayco Saunders RTD 3 (6), 3:00 28 Sep 2013 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1 Win 1–0 United States Christian Cruz TKO 2 (4), 2:21 8 Jun 2013 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


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  3. ^ "AIBA World Boxing Championships Chicago 2007 Results" (PDF). AIBA. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 13, 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
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  6. ^ "Beterbiev dropped, but stops Page in two".
  7. ^ "Beterbiev smashes Campillo in four".
  8. ^ "Beterbiev vs Johnson Results & Highlights - Jun 12, 2015".
  9. ^ "Beterbiev turns up the power to gain fourth-round TKO of Maderna".
  10. ^ "Beterbiev crushes Prieto in one".
  11. ^ "Beterbiev-Barrera, Alvarez-Chilemba Double in November?".
  12. ^ "Beterbiev (shoulder) out of world title eliminator".
  13. ^ "No Kovalev-Beterbiev? No surprise".
  14. ^ "Beterbiev seeks split from promoter Yvon Michel".
  15. ^ "Beterbiev's title eliminator with Koelling canceled".
  16. ^ "Top Rank wins purse bid to Beterbiev-Koelling".
  17. ^ "Magdaleno, Beterbiev set for 11/11 ESPN show".
  18. ^ "Jessie Magdaleno injured, out of November 11 fight".
  19. ^ "Beterbiev-Koelling upgraded to world title fight".
  20. ^ "Top Rank on ESPN results: Jose Ramirez, Artur Beterbiev win in Fresno".
  21. ^ "Beterbiev stops Koelling, wins vacant light heavyweight title".
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