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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.


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