Russian puncher Artur Beterbiev has set his sights on a third meeting with fellow countryman Sergey Kovalev in the near future as the undefeated light heavyweight gears up for his eight pro contest this weekend.
The 30 year-old, who is based in Canada, has defeated all seven of his previous opponents via knockout and is now pitted against former world champion Gabriel Campillo in what looks to be Beterbiev’s toughest test on paper.
Although his first five outings were lower key affairs, recent stoppage wins over Tavoris Cloud and Jeff Page Jr have catapulted Beterbiev into the reckoning for world titles and current unified king Kovalev is certainly on the radar going forward. Beterbiev has full confidence having beaten the ‘Krusher’ twice before in the amateurs and hopes to land the high-profile fight at some point soon.
“Taking into consideration all his statements that he recently produced, I would like to meet with him and put him back in his place in professional,” said Beterbiev.
“I have a very good memory as I did beat him twice in the amateur ranks, but as I’m more focused on the future right now I would like to beat him again.
“I like the way I’ve been led in my professional career. I’m training every day and working every day and always thinking about that (a world title). I always try to improve as part of my preparation. I’m not a future teller, but I’m ready to meet all the solid opponents and I’m ready for the championship of the world. I’m ready for any case scenario.”
On his opponent, whom he faces on the Adonis Stevenson v Sakio Bika undercard in Quebec City, Beterbiev added: “I have a lot of respect for Campillo because he’s very experienced. For sure he has more experience than I do and he has experience of winning and losing He’s a solid opponent, but the fight’s going to show if just being professional can help him in this fight.
“This is a solid opponent. He’s working very well and is very experienced at attacking. He’s very experienced at defense, but only the fight is going to show what’s going to happen when we meet,” he added.