Artur Beterbiev open to fighting Canelo Alvarez in 'one of the biggest fights in boxing'

  • Tom Ward
Artur Beterbiev open to fighting Canelo Alvarez

Artur Beterbiev has said he would be open to fighting Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez… but only if he moves back up to light heavyweight.  

Beterbiev, 36, is coming off the back of a ninth-round technical knockout win over Marcus Browne at the Bell Centre in Montreal on December 17. 

The 36-year-old was left with a nasty cut in the middle of his forehead before he hit Browne with a brutal body shot in round nine – which crumpled the American in agony as he failed to make the count.  

And now talk has turned to what could be next for the big-hitting Russian, who is boxing‘s only champion with a 100 per cent KO ratio, including wins over Callum Johnson and Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

Top Rank boss Bob Arum has big plans for Beterbiev, whom he hopes to pit against Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez, which he described as ‘one of the biggest fights in boxing‘ – and it seems as though he would be only too happy to oblige.

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“Listen, of course I am open to fighting Canelo if he wants to return to the light heavyweight division,” Beterbiev told BoxingScene.com.

“I always want to fight the best, and he is a great fighter.”

Artur Beterbiev was left sporting a nasty cut after an accidental clash of heads

Referee Michael Griffin ruled Beterbiev’s gruesome gash was caused by an accidental headbutt, but Beterbiev strongly disagrees with the decision as he accused Browne of being a ‘dirty’ boxer. 

He added: “I am convinced that it was intentional. 1000%.

 “I don’t like it when boxers do things like that.

“I found that unsportsmanlike and dirty. Certain southpaws are good boxers and have beautiful skills, but not [Browne].”

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Beterbiev also revealed the cut not only affected his vision but also his way of thinking during the fight. 

He continued: “During rounds five and six, I felt that Browne was beginning to slow down, but I wasn’t sure.

“I thought that that could be a tactic.

“On the other hand, I was mainly preoccupied with my cut and the fact that the fight could be stopped.”

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