WBC and IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) is not getting younger, waiting for his slightly protracted return to the ring.
Recall that Beterbiev has not played since October 2019, when he won his loudest victory in his career, stopping the then undefeated WBC champion Alexander Gvozdik, and thereby uniting the titles.
Initially, the Russian was supposed to fight back in March with the Chinese boxer Meng Fanlong, but this event had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic that broke out around the world. Then the battle was transferred to Beterbiev’s home country, but, as it turned out, the Chinese refused to fly to Russia, which is why the German Adam Deines took his place. The fight between Beterbiev and Deines was supposed to take place in Moscow on October 23rd, but in the end it was postponed due to the injury of a Russian athlete, and later again postponed to January.
But according to the head coach of Beterbiev, Mark Ramsey, January does not suit Top Rank promotion company, which demanded to postpone the fight again.
“This time the blame lies with the promoters,” Ramsey told The Canadian Press. – “This date is not suitable for Top Rank, so the Russian promoters who are organizing this event must reschedule the show.
Arthur returns to Montreal next week. And after a 14-day quarantine, we will resume his training. This will not harm Arthur in any way, because he constantly works in the hall. I often give him rest days, and he calls me to ask to come to training. “