Artur Beterbiev Eyes Potential Showdown with Winner of Thrilling British Battle
In a highly anticipated light-heavyweight showdown, Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez are set to risk their world title ambitions and undefeated records. This pivotal battle, taking place at The O2 and broadcast live on Sky Sports, has garnered considerable attention, and the stakes have never been higher. Notably, the reigning WBC, IBF, and WBO champion, Artur Beterbiev, is closely monitoring the outcome of this clash, with an open invitation to face the victor.
For both Buatsi and Azeez, this fight represents a critical juncture in their careers. With world title aspirations in mind, the winner of this battle will undoubtedly take a significant step towards realizing those dreams.
Artur Beterbiev, known for his explosive style and an impressive record featuring 19 knockouts in 19 wins, is no stranger to facing British contenders. In January, he engaged in a thrilling encounter with Anthony Yarde in front of a passionate UK audience at Wembley. Beterbiev’s dominant performance left a lasting impression, and he continues to be a force to be reckoned with.
However, before Beterbiev can consider a showdown with the Buatsi-Azeez winner, he must first defend his WBC, IBF, and WBO titles against another British contender, Callum Smith, on January 13. If he successfully extends his unbeaten record, the world can anticipate a world title shot being extended to the victor of this British battle.
Promoter Bob Arum, who represents Beterbiev, expressed openness to the idea, stating, “Since Artur made such a big splash in the UK against Yarde, we would not be opposed to him returning one day in the future.”
The spotlight has never shone brighter on British light-heavyweight boxing. With Artur Beterbiev eagerly awaiting the emergence of a worthy challenger, the Buatsi-Azeez showdown promises to be a defining moment in the division’s landscape.
In addition to the main event, the undercard features a series of intriguing clashes, including Mikael Lawal’s feud-settling showdown with Isaac Chamberlain for the British cruiserweight title. Louis Green will take on Sam Gilley in a Commonwealth super-welterweight title showdown, and Karris Artingstall will face Canadian champion Vanessa Bradford in a step-up battle.
As the British boxing scene ignites with anticipation, the world watches closely, waiting to see who will rise to the challenge and earn a shot at a world title against the formidable Artur Beterbiev.