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Boxing champ with a 100% KOs BEAT Usyk… and backs Fury to defeat him too


ARTUR BETERBIEV stands as boxing’s only champion with a 100 per cent knockout ratio – while also holding a rare win over Oleksandr Usyk.

The feared Russian has 19 wins all inside the distance with unified WBC, IBF and WBO light-heavyweight belts to his name.

Tyson Fury facing off with Oleksandr Usyk


Tyson Fury facing off with Oleksandr UsykCredit: Getty

But he was also an established amateur boxer, winning gold and silver medals in world and European championships.

Beterbiev shared a rivalry in the unpaid ranks with Usyk, coming out a 2-1 loser in their three-bout series.

And in their 2011 AIBA world championship quarter-final in Baku, he dropped the Ukrainian with a body shot.

Reflecting on the bouts, he told Sky Sports: “That time my weight was only 83kgs. I’ve never been 90kgs in a fight.

“We had another fight too in the amateurs. There was a match [in Russia], I had fight with him there at 81kgs and I beat him on the first day.

“You know Oleksandr Usyk, he does his job very well. What I can say, good for him.”

Beterbiev, 38, returns on Saturday in a title defence against Britain’s Callum Smith, 33, in Canada.

Meanwhile Usyk, 36, faces Tyson Fury, 35, for the undisputed heavyweight crown on February 17 in Saudi Arabia.


And Beterbiev backed Fury to defeat his old amateur rival.

He said: “I said when they fight, Oleksandr Usyk with Joshua, I said I think Joshua is going to win.

“I’m more for Joshua because he’s a real heavyweight. He’s not a cruiserweight.

“There’s a big difference. I say who is preparing well, will win. Now too, I think Tyson Fury is going to win. But who’s preparing well, he’s going to win.”

Artur Beterbiev is the unified light-heavyweight champion


Artur Beterbiev is the unified light-heavyweight championCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

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