Nov 11, 2017 / Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California
Artur Beterbiev wins vacant IBF world title as he keeps his KO streak perfect with a 12th Round knockout of Enrico Koelling.
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Competing for one’s country at the Olympics is one of the greatest honors an athlete can achieve. With the Rio Summer Games getting underway this weekend, some of PBC’s Olympic veterans shared their own memories and offered advice to this year’s athletes.
Erislandy Lara has made four successful defenses of his 154-pound world title, and the 33-year-old native of Cuba is eager to add to that number as he attempts to fulfill a goal of unifying one of boxing’s deepest divisions.
Champion Adonis Stevenson understands the motivation of challenger Thomas Williams Jr. entering their upcoming clash. He was in a similar position as the underdog before capturing his 175-pound title against fellow left-hander Chad Dawson three years ago.
Win vs Enrico Koelling 23-1-0
Nov 11, 2017 • Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California, USA
Artur Beterbiev WINS against Enrico Koelling by KO in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Isidro Ranoni Prieto 26-1-3
Dec 23, 2016 • Lac Leamy Casino, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Artur Beterbiev WINS against Isidro Ranoni Prieto by TKO in Round 1 of 12
Win vs Ezequiel Maderna
Jun 04, 2016 • Bell Centre, Montreal
Artur Beterbiev WINS against Ezequiel Maderna by TKO in Round 4 of 12
Win vs Alexander Johnson 16-2
Jun 12, 2015 • UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Artur Beterbiev WINS against Alexander Johnson by TKO in Round 7 of 10
Win vs Gabriel Campillo 25-6-1
Apr 04, 2015 • Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Artur Beterbiev WINS against Gabriel Campillo by KO in Round 4 of 12
Win vs Jeff Page Jr 15-0-0
Dec 19, 2014 • Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Artur Beterbiev WINS against Jeff Page Jr by KO in Round 2 of 10
WIN vs Tavoris Cloud 24-2-0
Sep 27, 2014 • Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Tavoris Cloud LOSES to Artur Beterbiev by KO in Round 2 of 12
Win vs Alvaro Enriquez 12-12-2
Aug 22, 2014 • Complexe Sportif Sportscene, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
Artur Beterbiev WINS against Alvaro Enriquez by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Gabriel Lecrosnier 16-25-3
Jan 18, 2014 • Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Artur Beterbiev WINS against Gabriel Lecrosnier by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Billy Bailey 12-17-0
Nov 30, 2013 • Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Artur Beterbiev WINS against Billy Bailey by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Rayco Saunders 23-20-2
Sep 28, 2013 • Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Artur Beterbiev WINS against Rayco Saunders by RTD in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Christian Cruz 12-14-1
Jun 08, 2013 • Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Artur Beterbiev WINS against Christian Cruz by TKO in Round 2 of 4
One of boxing’s most electrifying knockout artists, Artur Beterbiev turns lights out quicker than a downed power line. The fearsome power puncher is the latest in a long line of formidable Russian contenders.
Born in a wrestling hotbed
Hailing from the Russian city of Khasavyurt, Beterbiev’s hometown is better known for its wrestling pedigree, having produced numerous Olympic qualifiers in the sport.
Beterbiev himself dabbled in wrestling for a time, but ultimately was drawn down a different path.
“To keep me away from the streets when I was 10 years old, my brothers brought me to my first boxing gym,” Beterbiev told The Ring in 2014. “I will always remember that day. Since then, me and boxing are inseparable.”
A decorated amateur, Beterbiev won silver at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships and a pair of gold medals at the 2006 and 2010 European Amateur Boxing Champions.
He also represented Russia in the Olympics in 2008 and 2012.
Off to a smashing success
Upon turning pro in 2013, Beterbiev relocated to the boxing hotbed of Montreal. It was there that he made his pro debut in June 2013, hammering out a second-round technical knockout against Christian Cruz.
None of his first eight bouts would even reach the fifth round, as Beterbiev earned stoppage wins every time out.
In September 2014, Beterbiev savaged former 175-pound champ Tavoris Cloud, knocking the normally durable Cloud down four times in gaining a second-round TKO.
Continuing to develop
In April 2015, Beterbiev would steamroll another former 175-champ when he brutalized Gabriel Campillo, earning a fourth-round KO.
Moving forward, Beterbiev’s focus is on further developing both inside the ring and outside of it.
“Personal growth is very important for me as an athlete, friend, parent or human being,” Beterbiev told The Ring. “There is always something to learn and something to achieve in this life. I look for progress in everything.
“For as long as I can box, you can expect my very best in training and performing. This approach, of course, will take me on the path to becoming the next world champion.”
Another powerful performance
Beterbiev continued his climb toward the top of the 175-pound division when he took on veteran southpaw Alexander Johnson at Chicago's UIC Pavilion on June 12, 2015, in a bout that aired on Spike TV.
The powerful Russian was taken past the fourth round for the first time in his career, but that didn't diminish his performance.
Beterbiev blasted Johnson with crushing shots to the head and body in the early rounds, putting his strength on display.
Johnson tried to use his experience to take Beterbiev deep into their 10-round fight, but Beterbiev's body shots quickly began to take their toll on him.
Beterbiev finally broke through in the fifth round, scoring two knockdowns of Johnson: first with a jab to the temple, and then with a vicious right hand against the ropes.
He finished the job in the seventh with two more knockdowns, flooring Johnson with a left hand before buckling his legs and sending him into the ropes with an overhand right, which led referee Mark Nelson to stop the fight.