Artur Beterbiev has persisted an additional disruption in trying to safeguard his World mild heavyweight championship.
The unbeaten knockout artist and lineal 175-pound king from Montreal by way of Khasavyurt, Russia has established wonderful for COVID-19, which has forced a second postponement in his deliberate title defense versus Adam Deines (19-1-1, 10KOs). Their bout changed into as a result of take location January 30, are living on an ESPN platform from VTB area in Moscow.
“unfortunately, I got coronavirus,” Beterbiev announced via his tested social media bills on Monday. “hence, my battle with Adam Deines scheduled for January 30 is postponed for a later date.”
A confirming press unencumber from promoter proper Rank cited that plans to reschedule the bout stay an issue of dialog as this goes to put up.
The unfortunate development is yet the latest hurdle standing within the means of Betetbiev (15-0, 15KOs) making his method returned to the ring. The 2008 Olympian and reigning gentle heavyweight king has not fought considering unseating in the past unbeaten champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk via 10th circular knockout final October in Philadelphia. Beterbiev left the battle with the WBC and IBF titles in tow and consciousness as the proper gentle heavyweight champion.
a mandatory title defense become ordered by using the IBF versus ultimate Meng Fanglong, with the battle going to purse bid and promotional rights won by Rejoy neighborhood. initial plans known as for the bout to take vicinity in China, best for Rejoy group to default on the bid, which landed the battle lower back within the hands of desirable Rank who set aside a March 28 date in Quebec city for the adventure.
these plans have been scuttled with the aid of the initial wave of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, with the bout relocated to September 25 in Moscow. Fanlong’s inability to settle for the fight because of go back and forth restrictions instead prepared the ground for Deines to step in and settle for the challenge.
Deines dropped a 12-circular resolution to Fanlong in their title eliminator closing June however has received two straight considering the fact that then in relocating up the IBF rankings. together with his entering the graphic got here a brand new battle and date, with the revised necessary title defense scheduled for October 23 in Moscow. those plans had been scrapped after Beterbiev suffered a rib harm right through training camp, postponing the combat to subsequent January following tried and failed efforts to insert the fight in December.
Beterbiev claimed the IBF belt in a 12th circular stoppage win over Enrico Koelling in November 2017. injuries and concerns with previous promoters have slowed his profession growth to a crawl, making just three a success defenses in more than three years.
Hopes of a sparkling beginning in 2021 are, for the second, on dangle.
“i will be able to are attempting to get better as quickly as viable and return to practising,” brought up Beterbiev. “i’m hoping for your realizing and help.”
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox