Artur Beterbiev Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion, Next, Up Class/Boxing Scene
Boxer Artur Beterbiev is determined to become the undisputed champion in the light heavyweight class before deciding to move up a class in the future. WBC, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion, Artur Beterbiev, may change his weight category in the future. “I want to win all the light heavyweight titles and then test myself in other weight classes,” Artur Beterbiev told Tass.
Artur Beterbiev, 38, is determined to become the undisputed champion in this class. He captured the IBF title by stopping Enrico Koelling in 2017. Beterbiev would capture another belt, the WBC, when he defeated Oleksandr Gvozdyk in ten rounds in 2019. Then in June 2022, Beterbiev captured the WBO title when he defeated Joe Smith in two round.
Earlier this year, Beterbiev defeated WBO mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde with a knockout victory. He was scheduled to return with another mandatory fight, this time against former world champion Callum Smith of England, but the fight was postponed after Beterbiev suffered an injury.
The fight against Smith has now been rescheduled for January 2024. The man holding the last remaining piece of the puzzle is WBA world champion Dmitry Bivol, and there are several issues in making that undisputed fight.
In addition to the two fighters being unable to agree on financial terms, and both being tied to rival promoters and competing platforms, the WBC refused to approve the fight – because Bivol was Russian. Beterbiev is also from Russia, but he has lived in Canada for several years.
In addition to the two fighters being unable to agree on financial terms, and both being tied to rival promoters and competing platforms, the WBC refused to approve the fight – because Bivol was Russian. Beterbiev is also from Russia, but he has lived in Canada for many years.
The WBC will not give permission for this fight until Russia ends its military conflict with neighboring Ukraine. However, the WBC is willing to allow Bivol to apply for an exception. Provided he beats Smith, a union with Bivol wouldn’t happen until mid-2024.
Moving up to cruiserweight is a big jump at 11.3 kilograms, but few fighters have successfully made the jump. Badou Jack is the latest to win the world title in the 79.3 kg and 90.7 kg classes. Beterbiev continues to stop every opponent, with 19 knockouts in 19 fights.