Russian-born Canadian light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) was asked about his readiness to move up in weight for the fight with Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs). The fighters previously crossed three times in amateurs, the Ukrainian won twice – at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.
Knockout response: “I don’t even know. Usyk is now a heavyweight. In cruiserweight it would still be possible, but not in heavyweight – I would have to put on too much weight.
Both are now at the leading positions in their divisions, they have collected 3 champion titles – before the complete collection, Beterbiev lacks the WBA Super title of Dmitry Bivol, and Usyk lacks the WBC belt of Tyson Fury.
On Saturday in London (England), Beterbiev will face his mandatory challenger, British Anthony Yarde (23-2, 22 KOs). The sparring partner of the champion claims that Beterbiev is angry with Usyk and wants to get even.
Artur Beterbiev – Anthony Yarde: forecast and bets for the fight on January 28