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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Beterbiev Still Undefeated

By Daniel Cloutier

The IBF light heavyweight champion of the world, the Montrealer Russian Artur Beterbiev, made a successful first defense of his world title Saturday evening at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

Beterbiev (13-0-0) stayed undefeated in beating the British Callum Johnson by KO.

For Johnson (17-1-0), it was a first defeat in pro boxing.

Johnson provoked a knockdown in the second round, but Beterbiev got back on his legs and attacked furiously. Finally, Beterbiev scored a KO in the fourth round.

“Artur is an intense and spectacular fighter,” said the British promoter Ed Hearn. “Don’t be surprised if he proceeds to another defense of his title before the end of year. I will evaluate the situation in the days to come.”

Few months ago, Beterbiev signed a three fights deal with Hearn, even if the Civil Court in the Province of Québec forced him to return with the GYM Group. Beterbiev tried to break his contract with the promoter Yvon Michel.

Beterbiev won the IBF 175 pounds crown last November in Fresno, California, in beating the German Enrico Koelling (26-2-0) by TKO in the 12th and last round.


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