World Boxing Council and IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev moved to Montreal nearly a decade ago to kick off his professional journey after a couple of Olympic spots for his native Russia, and since, after sixteen fights he will return to his adopted city for the first time as a world champion.
Beterbiev, the only boxing world champion with a 100 percent KO average, will defend his world titles on December against WBC No. 1 contender and 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne on Friday, December 17, at the Bell Center in Montreal.
Beterbiev (16-0, 16 KOs) last fought in Canada in December 2016, defeating Isidro Ranoni Prieto by KO in the first round. He won the vacant IBF world title in the next fight, which he defended twice before unifying titles with a devastating 10th round stoppage of former WBC king Oleksandr Gvozdyk. After an absence of nearly 18 months, Beterbiev returned in March with a 10th round TKO against Adam Deines in Moscow.