Artur Beterbiev

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Artur Asilbekovich Beterbiev (Russian: Артур Асильбекович Бетербиев; born 21 January 1985) is a Russian professional boxer who has held the IBF light-heavyweight title since 2017. As of June 2018, he is ranked as the world's seventh best active light-heavyweight by The Ring magazine, and eighth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and 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 scored all of his professional wins by knockout or stoppage.[1]

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.

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.

This page was last edited on 8 July 2018, at 16:55 (UTC).
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