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Artur Beterbiev: The light-heavyweight stepping out of the shadows

LatestBy Daniel Hughes: The light heavyweight division has two fighters who most writers and fans would love to see face each other as one of the potential fights of 2015,the hard hitting duo Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson.

The division’s top two ranked fighters have been on a potential collision course for some time, promotional politics of course so far it seems have been the spanner in the works of giving the fans a fight that everyone would want to see. The Russian at 32 seemingly at his peak, Stevenson the Canadian at 37 you would hope would want the biggest money fight out there in the division. I would favor the hard hitting Russian to beat Stevenson and in some style in a fight that I believe wouldn’t go to the judges’ cards.

The rankings also throw up names like Andrzej Fonfara and Juergen Braehmer who in the former’s case put up a spirited effort in losing to Stevenson on points. Good fighters, but a level below the top two. If the top two in the division won’t or it seems can’t meet we have a case for a real Mexican standoff in judging who could be the division’s top dog.

There is a fighter I have no doubt will be ready in the next 12 months to challenge either Kovalev or Stevenson and will have no qualms about facing either. Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KO’s) the 30 year old Russian is a fighter out to make a massive name in boxing. The orthodox fighter carries serious power and don’t worry about his lack of professional outings so far, he is a fighter that won’t be held back much longer. He frankly doesn’t need to be.

The amateur game is totally different to the pros, certain fighters take time to adapt and carry the tools that served them so well in the unpaid ranks and add other facets required to their respective skill set. Beterbiev has more than ticked those boxes required so far, is a fighter that gets his work done quickly and picks his shots with surgical precision. The judges have not been required so far and all business concluded with painful endings for his opponents.

Artur Beterbiev a name that is unheralded so far amongst many a fight fan. He has already made short work of fighters like Tavoris Cloud and Gabriel Campillo in impressive fashion, fighters that were bought in to extend the Russian, both unable to do so.

This could also be a case of that stand out amateur pedigree helping him get those big money fights especially against the top ranked fighter in the division Sergey Kovalev .Why you may ask? Well surely Sergey Kovalev will want to face his Russian rival at some point in the pro ranks.

They have met previously twice in the unpaid ranks, Beterbiev coming out on top on both occasions. It seems yet another eastern European fighter is set to emerge on our screens as a fighter to watch. If you have not seen him or know much about him, don’t worry you soon will.


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