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.