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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 (36-3-0).

“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.”


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