In recent years, Artur Beterbiev (16-0, 16 KOs) has somehow established himself as a boxer who has the hardest time finding an opponent, that is, arranging a fight. The former two-time amateur world and two-time European champion won the IBF title in November 2017 and has fought only five times in these four years, adding to the WBC title he won with a victory over Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
After routinely defeating Adam Deines in March this year, it was expected that Beterbiev could play a match against one of the two remaining light heavyweights with an elite world title, Dmitri Bivol or Joe Smith Jr. However, knowing the circumstances of today's boxing, it is easy to conclude why it did not work out.
It will be the main thing for Beterbie that he has arranged another match for this year. Marcus Browne will be waiting for him on December 17 in Montreal, Canada.
The 30-year-old Browne (24-1, 16 KOs) is the seventh light heavyweight in the world according to BoxRec and certainly a noteworthy opponent.
In his career so far, Browne has defeated some very proven boxers, such as Badou Jack, and by defeating him in 2019 he reached the temporary WBA title. He lost it in the first defense when Jean Pascal inflicted his first and so far only defeat.
He got the opportunity to oppose Beterbie with this year's victory against Denis Grachev, which brought him to the first position in the WBC challenger rankings, at the expense of which he got the opportunity to try to win two belts owned by the 36-year-old Russian from Dagestan.
Beterbiev will enter the match as a clear favorite at the expense of all his results so far, but Browne is a boxer who must not be written off at any time. He will have an advantage in height and reach, and at the expense of his great technique, he will try to box on an equal footing against a boxer with whom no professional has yet met a referee's decision.
This will certainly not be an easy fight for either of them, given that they are both top boxers and are in great shape. Beterbiev wants to continue his great streak and thus strengthen his position, but Browne is aware of the opportunity he has and he is sure that he will take this match seriously and try to give his best. We will soon find out what this spectacle will bring us!