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Beterbiev's Trainer Slams WBC for Interim Title Bout, Calls it a "Tragic Joke"

In a recent turn of events, Artur Beterbiev’s trainer, John Scully, has expressed strong disapproval of the WBC’s decision to greenlight an interim light heavyweight title fight between David Benavidez and Oleksandr Gvozdyk in June. The move comes as Beterbiev is gearing up for a significant unification bout against Dmitry Bivol.

Scully, a former light heavyweight contender, minced no words as he criticized the WBC’s choice to approve an interim champion while the reigning champion, Beterbiev, is actively preparing for a high-stakes showdown. He emphasized the unnecessary nature of an interim championship and questioned the intelligence behind such a decision.

The trainer highlighted Beterbiev’s previous triumph over Gvozdyk in 2019, a bout that ended with Gvozdyk being hospitalized, making the prospect of an interim title seem even more questionable. Scully stated that whoever claims the interim title should recognize that they aren’t a true champion until they face and defeat Beterbiev.

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Expressing his frustration, Scully underscored the absurdity of someone walking around with an interim title, pretending to be the sole champion. He urged the eventual winner to acknowledge the reality that true championship status is only attained by defeating the reigning champion.

In a straightforward assessment, Scully called the situation a “tragic joke” and a “slap in the face to our game.” He firmly asserted that, in the eyes of most in the boxing world, Beterbiev will continue to be seen as the legitimate WBC champion until proven otherwise in the ring.

As the controversy unfolds, it remains to be seen whether the winner of the Benavidez-Gvozdyk clash will heed Scully’s advice and recognize the true measure of a champion by challenging and defeating Artur Beterbiev.

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