Artur Beterbiev

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Artur Beterbiev
Артур Бетербиев
Statistics
Real name Artur Asilbekovich Beterbiev
Rated at Light-heavyweight
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Reach 185 cm (73 in)
Nationality Russian
Born (1985-01-21) 21 January 1985 (age 31)
Khasavyurt, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union (now Russia)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 10
Wins 10
Wins by KO 10
Losses 0

Artur Asilbekovich Beterbiev (Russian: Артур Асильбекович Бетербиев; born 21 January 1985) is a Russian professional boxer. As an amateur he competed at light-heavyweight and heavyweight,[1] winning 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.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

The aggressive puncher Beterbiev won the 2006 European Amateur Boxing Championships beating Irishman Kenneth Egan and Ismail Sillakh among others. He beat southpaw 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 semi-finals. Eventually beating Evgeny Makarenko in finals to qualify for the World championships. In the finals of the World Championship he faced little-known Uzbek southpaw 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.

Heavyweight 201lbs/91kg[edit]

At the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships – Heavyweight he lost to eventual winner Oleksandr Usyk 13:17.

At the Boxing at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's heavyweight he edged out Michael Hunter but lost again by 13:17 to Usyk.

Professional career[edit]

Beterbiev won his professional debut via a second round TKO over Christian Cruz at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on July 8, 2013.

Beterbiev vs. Cloud[edit]

After winning his first five professional bouts, Beterbiev would face off against former IBF light heavyweight world champion Tavoris Cloud for the vacant NABA Light Heavyweight championship 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 devastating and concussive combinations. This was the first time Cloud had ever 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 professional title.

Beterbiev vs. Campillo[edit]

After stopping light heavyweight prospect Jeff Page Jr. in two rounds, winning the vacant IBF North American and WBO–NABO light-heavyweight titles, Beterbiev would face off against another former IBF light heavyweight 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. The PSI detector in his gloves stated that the first punch landed with 973 lbs of force.

Beterbiev vs. Johnson[edit]

Beterbiev made his record a perfect 9-for-9 with nine knockouts as Alexander Johnson became his latest victim on June 12, 2015 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Using a vicious overhand right, Beterbiev knocked Johnson down twice in the fifth and a third time in the seventh before getting him for good at 1:38 of the round, clobbering him with a left hook and finishing him off with a booming overhand right that put Johnson through the ropes down and out.[4] With the win, Beterbiev added the vacant WBO International light-heavyweight title to his other four won titles.

Personal life[edit]

Beterbiev was born in Khasavyurt, Dagestan, and is of Chechen descent. He currently resides in his adopted hometown of Montreal, Quebec. An adherent of Sunni Islam, Beterbiev is married with three children; a son and two daughters. He is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and advised by Al Haymon, following his move to Canada in May 2013.[5]

Beterbiev has spoke confidently in the past about boxing saving him from a life as a gangster in his hometown, where the crime rate is high and the worker salaries are minimal.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
10 fights 10 wins 0 losses
By knockout 10 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
12 N/A N/A TBA N/A – (12) 24 Feb 2017 Canada Centre Vidéotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
11 N/A N/A Paraguay Isidro Ranoni Prieto N/A – (12) 23 Dec 2016 Canada Casino du Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
10 Win 10–0 Argentina Ezequiel Maderna TKO 4 (12), 0:54 4 Jun 2016 Canada Centre Bell, 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 Centre Bell, 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 Centre Bell, 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 Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1 Win 1–0 United States Christian Cruz TKO 2 (4), 2:21 8 Jun 2013 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

Regional titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Eleider Álvarez
WBANABA light-heavyweight champion
27 September 2014 – present
Incumbent
Vacant
Title last held by
Grzegorz Soszyński
IBF North American light-heavyweight champion
19 December 2014 – present
Vacant
Title last held by
Gabriel Campillo
WBONABO light-heavyweight champion
19 December 2014 – June 2015
Vacant
Title next held by
Sean Monaghan
Vacant
Title last held by
Robin Krasniqi
WBO International light-heavyweight champion
12 June 2015 – June 2016
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Andre Ward

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