Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Beterbiev Hopes To Unify The
Light Heavyweight World Titles
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL - The IBF light heavyweight champion of the world,
the Montrealer Russian Artur Beterbiev, is very ambitious.
He mentioned that he hopes to fight in 2019 the winner of
this rematch between the Montrealer Colombian Eleider
Alvarez and the Russian Sergey Kovalev, to unify the WBO and
IBF light heavyweight (175 pounds) world titles.
This rematch Alvarez-Kovalev is scheduled for February 2nd
in Dallas, Texas. Last August, Alvarez (25-0-0) dethroned
Kovalev as WBO light heavyweight champion of the world at
the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City, in beating him
by KO in the seventh round.
On his side, Beterbiev (13-0-0) became IBF 175 pounds world
champion last November in Fresno, California, with a win by
TKO in the 12th round against the German Enrico Koelling
“Yes, I really hope to unify the light heavyweight world
titles,” said Beterbiev. “No matter who gonna win this
rematch Alvarez-Kovalev, I want absolutely to face the
winner to unify the titles. I am sure that a fight between
Alvarez and me or Kovalev and me, would create a huge
interest on the international boxing scene.”