Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) will be putting his unbeaten record on the line this Friday against Isidro Ranoni Prieto (26-1-3, 22 KOs) at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. Beteriev is one of the top light heavyweights in the division, and seen as a real threat to beating WBC champion Adonis Stevenson and IBF/WBA/WBO champion Andre Ward.
Beterbiev’s promoter is angling him to get a title shot against the winner of the rematch between Ward and Sergey Kovalev. Beterbiev will be getting a title shot in 2017, provided that he beats Prieto on Friday.
Beterbiev has been opening a lot of eyes since he turned pro in 2013. The two-time Russian Olympian has showed a lot of punching power in addition to great boxing skills to go with it. Now the only thing Beterbiev needs to show is whether he can beat the top caliber fighters in the light heavyweight division. We’re going to find out soon whether Beterbiev has the talent to make the leap to the next level. He’s going to need to show whether he can do it or not in 2017, because he’s 31-years-old and doesn’t have a lot of time to continue to develop his game.
A win for Beterbiev will put him in a guaranteed title shot against the winner of the Ward-Kovalev fight. Beterbiev has the punching power and talent to give both of those fighters nightmares. Ward would be the tougher of the two, because he has a good inside game that he uses against guys with better punching power than him. Beterbiev also has good inside fighting skills, and he could possibly get the better of Ward and hand him his first loss of his career.
IBF #2, WBC #3, WBA #3, WBO #3, Beterbiev and Prieto will fight for the WBA NABA light heavyweight title.
In addition to the Beterbiev vs. Prieto fight, the card will also have former super middleweight world title challenger Rogelio Medina (36-7, 30 KOs) fighting Ramon Olivas (13-4, 9 KOs). Medina recently lost to IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale by a 12 round decision last April at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. It was a close and competitive fight. The difference was DeGale having the better boxing ability and engine, which allowed him to take control over the fight and run away with the victory in the last four rounds of the fight.