Beter­biev gets shot at world crown

National Post (Latest Edition) - - SPORTS - Fred­eric Daigle

MON­TREAL • When Rus­sian boxer Ar­tur Beter­biev moved to Mon­treal in 2013, his goal was to win a world ti­tle as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Beter­biev will get his chance on Satur­day when he faces En­rico Kolling of Ger­many for the va­cant In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion light- heavy­weight ti­tle in Fresno, Calif.

The hard-hit­ting Beter­biev (11- 0) has stopped ev­ery op­po­nent he has faced and has never been taken beyond seven rounds. Kolling (23-1) has only six knock­outs.

“Kolling is prob­a­bly the most com­plete fighter we’ve faced,” Beter­biev’s trainer Marc Ram­say said this week. “He’s not as much of an at­tack­ing threat as ( for­mer cham­pion) Ta­voris Cloud, but he is very strong de­fen­sively.

“He’s a guy who had a solid ama­teur ca­reer, where he faced a lot of good box­ers. He re­ally has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence. I’m ex­pect­ing a good fight.”

It was to have been an elim­i­na­tion bout to de­ter­mine the manda­tory chal­lenger for An­dre Ward, but when the uni­fied cham­pion re­tired, his cham­pi­onship ti­tles from the IBF, the World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and the World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion were left va­cant. Af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions with the IBF, it was de­cided Beter­biev and Kolling would fight for the ti­tle.

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