|Real name||Artur Asilbekovich Beterbiev|
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Reach||185 cm (73 in)|
21 January 1985|
Khasavyurt, Russian SFSR,
Soviet Union (now Russia)
|Wins by KO||10|
Artur Asilbekovich Beterbiev (Russian: Артур Асильбекович Бетербиев; born 21 January 1985) is a Russian professional boxer. As an amateur he competed at light-heavyweight and heavyweight, winning a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, gold at the 2009 World Championships, as well as gold at the 2006 and 2010 European Championships.
The aggressive puncher Beterbiev won the 2006 European Amateur Boxing Championships beating Irishman Kenneth Egan and Ismail Sillakh among others. He beat southpaw Egor Mekhontsev but lost to two-time world champion Evgeny Makarenko in 2006. In 2007 he beat future unified light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in semi-finals. Eventually beating Evgeny Makarenko in finals to qualify for the World championships. In the finals of the World Championship he faced little-known Uzbek southpaw Abbos Atoev but lost in an upset.
At the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships – Heavyweight he lost to eventual winner Oleksandr Usyk 13:17.
At the Boxing at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's heavyweight he edged out Michael Hunter but lost again by 13:17 to Usyk.
Beterbiev won his professional debut via a second round TKO over Christian Cruz at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on July 8, 2013.
Beterbiev vs. Cloud
After winning his first five professional bouts, Beterbiev would face off against former IBF light heavyweight world champion Tavoris Cloud for the vacant NABA Light Heavyweight championship on September 27, 2014. After a tentative opening minute from both fighters, Beterbiev opened up and began landing powerful shots that visibly rocked Cloud. In the final minute, the Russian would drop his opponent three times via devastating and concussive combinations. This was the first time Cloud had ever been dropped in his professional career. Beterbiev would close the show in round two, landing multiple hard shots to the head that knocked Cloud out, giving Beterbiev his first professional title.
Beterbiev vs. Campillo
After stopping light heavyweight prospect Jeff Page Jr. in two rounds, winning the vacant IBF North American and WBO–NABO light-heavyweight titles, Beterbiev would face off against another former IBF light heavyweight world champion, Gabriel Campillo, with his North American title at stake. Both men began cautiously until Beterbiev dropped Campillo late in the first round. The Russian slowly wore down his foe with multiple straight rights to the body. Finally in the fourth, Beterbiev would land a straight/uppercut hybrid that would hit Campillo square on the chin, and followed it up with a perfunctory left hook before walking to his corner while his opponent slid to the canvas, barely conscious. The PSI detector in his gloves stated that the first punch landed with 973 lbs of force.
Beterbiev vs. Johnson
Beterbiev made his record a perfect 9-for-9 with nine knockouts as Alexander Johnson became his latest victim on June 12, 2015 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Using a vicious overhand right, Beterbiev knocked Johnson down twice in the fifth and a third time in the seventh before getting him for good at 1:38 of the round, clobbering him with a left hook and finishing him off with a booming overhand right that put Johnson through the ropes down and out. With the win, Beterbiev added the vacant WBO International light-heavyweight title to his other four won titles.
Beterbiev was born in Khasavyurt, Dagestan, and is of Chechen descent. He currently resides in his adopted hometown of Montreal, Quebec. An adherent of Sunni Islam, Beterbiev is married with three children; a son and two daughters. He is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and advised by Al Haymon, following his move to Canada in May 2013.
Beterbiev has spoke confidently in the past about boxing saving him from a life as a gangster in his hometown, where the crime rate is high and the worker salaries are minimal.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|10 fights||10 wins||0 losses|
|12||N/A||N/A||TBA||N/A||– (12)||24 Feb 2017||Centre Vidéotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada|
|11||N/A||N/A||Isidro Ranoni Prieto||N/A||– (12)||23 Dec 2016||Casino du Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada|
|10||Win||10–0||Ezequiel Maderna||TKO||4 (12), 0:54||4 Jun 2016||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Retained WBA–NABA light heavyweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Alexander Johnson||TKO||7 (10), 1:38||12 Jun 2015||UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US||Retained WBA–NABA light heavyweight title;|
Won vacant WBO International light-heavyweight title
|8||Win||8–0||Gabriel Campillo||KO||4 (12), 0:37||4 Apr 2015||Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||Retained IBF North American light-heavyweight title|
|7||Win||7–0||Jeff Page Jr.||TKO||2 (10), 2:21||19 Dec 2014||Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||Retained WBA–NABA light-heavyweight title;|
Won vacant IBF North American and WBO–NABO light-heavyweight titles
|6||Win||6–0||Tavoris Cloud||KO||2 (12), 0:38||27 Sep 2014||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won vacant WBA–NABA light-heavyweight title|
|5||Win||5–0||Alvaro Enriquez||TKO||1 (6), 2:38||22 Aug 2014||Complexe Sportif Sportscene, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|4||Win||4–0||Gabriel Lecrosnier||TKO||4 (6), 2:44||18 Jan 2014||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|3||Win||3–0||Billy Bailey||KO||1 (6), 2:49||30 Nov 2013||Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada|
|2||Win||2–0||Rayco Saunders||RTD||3 (6), 3:00||28 Sep 2013||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|1||Win||1–0||Christian Cruz||TKO||2 (4), 2:21||8 Jun 2013||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Professional debut|
Titles in boxing
Title last held byEleider Álvarez
|WBA–NABA light-heavyweight champion
27 September 2014 – present
Title last held byGrzegorz Soszyński
|IBF North American light-heavyweight champion|
19 December 2014 – present
Title last held byGabriel Campillo
|WBO–NABO light-heavyweight champion
19 December 2014 – June 2015
Title next held bySean Monaghan
Title last held byRobin Krasniqi
|WBO International light-heavyweight champion
12 June 2015 – June 2016
Title next held byAndre Ward
- "Artur Beterbiyev Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
- "AIBA World Boxing Championships Chicago 2007 Results" (PDF). AIBA. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 13, 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2015.