Unified Light Heavyweight Champion Artur Bertebiev will making his first home town defence of the WBC and IBF World titles against Mandatory challenger Marcus Brown on Friday Dec. 17 at the Bell Centre In Montreal.
Bertebiev, who remains the only World champion 2ith 100% KO rate has been in Canada for a long time, 10 years since deciding to turn professional but has never entered a fight in his adopted home town with a World title.
“It is with great pride that we are going to offer this wonderful Christmas gift to Quebecers! Artur Beterbiev is probably the best boxer in the history of Canadian boxing, and it is a privilege to have him with us in this defense of his two world titles,” said Yvon Michel, GYM President.
The Bertebiev brown fight will headline a three title fight triple header. Kim Clavel will challenge for the WBC flyweight title, which former 154 pound champion Marie-Eve Dicaire will be fighting get back the title.
The Russian turned Canadian was very happy for the the opportunity to defend his title in Canada and expressed it with a thankful speech, promising another dominant performance.
“I want to thank Bob Arum and Yvon Michel for bringing this event to Montreal. It’s been a dream of mine to defend my titles in front of the fans who have supported me my entire pro career,” Beterbiev said. “I look forward to defending my titles in dominant fashion.”
Brown relishes the moment he considers the biggest of his professional career and plans taking take advantage of the opportunity of reaping off those titles form Beterbiev. He also reminded the world of the qualities his upcoming opponent possess and what a great Champion he has been
“This is the moment in my life that I’ve been waiting for and I’m ready to take advantage of it,” Browne said. “I know exactly what I have to do to take the titles from Beterbiev and that’s what I’m going to do.
“Beterbiev is the most avoided champion out there. He’s a great fighter, doesn’t make a lot of mistakes and is super strong. But I’m the better fighter and I’m here to show that come December 17. So, to my fans, know that I’m back and I’m here to stay. No controversial losses, no distractions, just straight work.”
Beterbiev (16-0, 16 KOs) has not had opportunity to fight in Canada since 2016, when he knocked out Isidro Ranoni Prieto before going on to win a world title. Beterbiev went on to defended the title twice before knocking out Oleksandr Gvozdyk to win the WBC title.
Browne (24-1, 16 KOs) will be heading into his first world title fight and this will be as he stated earlier the biggest if his career. However, he won an interim world title with a unanimous decision over two division champion Badou Jack but lists technical decision in his next fight against Jean Pascal. He has been able to get back to winning ways with a Denis Grachev.