News | May 05 2019

Artur Beterbiev: ‘I want unification fights’

Artur Beterbiev and Jerwin Ancajas defend their world titles
Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs Artur Beterbiev
Beterbiev, like Gvozdyk, is a serious puncher Mikey Williams/Top Rank

ARTUR BETERBIEV defended his IBF light-heavyweight title when Radivoje Kalajdzic was halted on his feet 13 seconds into the fifth round of their clash at the Stockton Arena in California on Saturday (May 4).

“I worked very hard for this fight. I went 100 percent in the gym. Maybe one day I’ll show my boxing skills,” Beterbiev said. “I want unification fights. It doesn’t matter who it is. I am happy to be working with Top Rank and ESPN.”

Any rival champion would be a richly appealing fight, they are all top quality. Beterbiev versus either Sergey Kovalev, the WBO champion, Oleksandr Gvodzyk, the WBC, or Dmitry Bivol, the WBA boss, would be unmissable.