Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Beterbiev Is Back With The Gym Group
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL — The IBF light heavyweight champion of the world,
the Montrealer Russian Artur Beterbiev, is back with the
organization which made him a pro boxer in 2013, the GYM
Group in Montréal. Beterbiev (12-0-0) tried to break his
contract with the GYM Group few months ago, he was hoping to
sign a new contract with Top Rank Inc., but the Québec civil
court blocked him Yesterday.
Beterviev will be obliged to respect his contract with the
GYM Group, a contract which will expired in 2021. “The
situation is great, our organization has now two world
champions” (Adonis Stevenson and Beterbiev), said Yvon
Michel, the promoter of the GYM Group. “As you know, we put
the Beterbiev’s case in the Québec civil court, and we won
it. The judge was clear: Artur got to respect the contract
he signed with us in 2013. In March 2017, I got three
meetings with him, but he finally decided to become free
agent. I don’t know if Artur will contest the civil court’s
verdict in the Superior Court, but it’s clear in our mind,
he got to respect the contract he signed with us, and if
it’s necessary, we will maintain the fight in court.”
Beterbiev became IBF 175 pounds world champion last November
in Fresno, California, when he beat the German Enrico
Koelling (25-2-0) by TKO in the 12th round.
June 19th, the IBF championship committee will hold a purse
bid in New Jersey to determinate the next Beterbiev’s fight.
The IBF will mention soon the name of his next opponent.