Artur Beterbiev stays hopeful that his subsequent outing within the ring shall be a full title unification of the sunshine heavyweight division, whilst his promoter is actively contemplating a special possibility.
Beterbiev, the Montreal-based Russian, added the WBO 175-pound title to his WBC and IBF variations final weekend with a rousing second-round stoppage of Joe Smith Jr. of their 12-round mild heavyweight unification bout on the Hulu Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis.
After the combat, Bob Arum, the pinnacle of High Rank, which promotes Beterbiev, advised BoxingScene.com that he expects Beterbiev’s subsequent combat to be in opposition to the highest challenger within the WBO rankings, Anthony Yarde of England. That combat, Arum stated, will doubtless happen in London on the O2 Enviornment in October.
Marc Ramsay, the pinnacle coach of Beterbiev, indicated that he was unaware of these plans, saying that no person from High Rank had approached anybody inside Beterbiev’s inside circle about combating Yarde. Furthermore, Beterbiev himself stated his desire is to tackle WBA mild heavyweight champion and fellow Russian Dmitry Bivol.
The chance of an undisputed combat might be low, on condition that Bivol is promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, which has an in depth broadcasting cope with DAZN, the streaming platform. Conversely, High Rank has its personal cope with ESPN, which means Beterbiev is unique to that community.
Arum advised BoxingScene.com after the combat that he has no intention of letting Beterbiev combat on DAZN, citing what he feels is the platform’s low visibility with customers.
A member of Beterbiev’s workforce advised BoxingScene.com Monday that whereas High Rank has not formally tendered a deal for Beterbiev to combat Yarde, he expects the corporate to finally put down a number of provides on the desk.
“So clearly Bob Arum and High Rank are doing what a promoter is meant to do,” stated Anthony Rudmans, a authorized advisor to Beterbiev. “They’re potential fights for Artur.
“In the meanwhile there is no such thing as a official supply for an opponent that was proposed to Beterbiev and his workforce. And that’s not saying that there are not any discussions between High Rank and (Yarde’s promoter) Frank Warren, however an official supply has not been introduced to Artur.
“When the time comes, I’m certain High Rank will attain out to Artur and his workforce and submit a proposal. High rank is definitely on the lookout for numerous choices. Bob Arum was clear on who he needs subsequent for Artur. Artur’s coach and his workforce will have a look at numerous choices, at Bivol, at Yarde, and numerous different opponents and we’ll resolve what’s greatest for Artur’s subsequent combat.”
Rudmans reiterated that Beterbiev’s prime want is to combat Bivol for all 4 main titles. Arum steered that a method for that to occur is for Hearn to permit Bivol to combat on ESPN airwaves. To that finish, Rudmans expressed optimism that he believes the undisputed combat will be made on ESPN.
“At this level the one factor I can say is that Artur’s goal is to unify the division,” Rudmans stated. “Hopefully it’s gonna be the following combat or hopefully within the close to future. If that combat can’t occur on DAZN, I’m certain there’s a method to make it occur on ESPN.”