Russian amateur boxing star Artur Beterbiev will be making his pro debut on May 25th, at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada, as part of the undercard of the Lucian Bute-vs-Jean Pascal fight. The fight will take place at Light Heavyweight (175 lbs) and the opponent is yet to be named.
Beterbiev was the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Champion at Light Heavyweight, and in 2007 he was the World Amateur Boxing Runnerup. He also competed in the 2012 Olympics representing Russia, losing a very close fight in the second round to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (Usyk won 17-13, close fight). Usyk went on to win the Gold Medal.
Beterbiev has elected to sign with Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM Promotions) and will base his career in Montreal, in a similar way to how other Europeans have used Montreal to pursue a pro career like Lucian Bute, Leonard Dorin, and Adrian Diaconu.
I am very excited to hear about this and this is great news! Montreal is a perfect place for Europeans to come and advance their career in the pro's. Boxing is hugely popular in Montreal and many international fighters have had successful careers in Montreal. Lucian Bute came from Romania and has really been quite a success in Montreal, drawing crowds of 15,000+ to all of his fights, becoming a longtime world champion, and making a lot of money doing it.
Beterbiev has an amazing amateur background and could very easily become a world champion or even a P4P level type fighter somewhere down the line. Fighting in Montreal, with GYM, you can be sure he will get very good exposure and be fighting actively. This is great news! Marc Ramsay will be his trainer, and Ramsay is a guy that has been around boxing a long time. Personally I would have preferred Stephane Larouche to be his trainer. But Ramsay is very good as well.
I will be following Beterbiev closely and I really feel this guy will make it big in Montreal and in boxing. Good bet he will become a world champion soon!