Artur Beterbiev is backing new promoters Top Rank to deliver the unification fights he craves.

Russia’s IBF Light-Heavyweight Champion is one of the word’s most feared fighters, and bids to continue his KO streak when he defends his crown against Radivoje Kalajdzic in Saturday’s BoxNation televised card live from Stockton, California.

Beterbiev, who has won all 13 fights, lifted his title in November 2017 but will be making only his second defence this weekend after a promotional wrangle.

But with WBC Champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk promoted by Top Rank and WBO title holder Sergey Kovalev co-promoted by them, the big fights should finally be made.


Beterbiev, 34, said: "My preparation was excellent. I look forward to showing the American fans my talent, and I am glad to be fighting in such a great Light-Heavyweight division.

"I have a great opponent on Saturday night, but of course, I want to unify the titles. There are many great Light-Heavyweights, and as a fighter, I want to test myself against the best. I want to be number one in the division."

Beterbiev lets his fists do the talking, and it is underdog Kalajdzic who has been firing from the lip in the build up.

The Florida man said: "When I got the call, I didn't hesitate. I took the fight. It's going to be a fun fight. He comes forward. I come forward. It's going to be a fun fight for the fans."

IBF Super-Flyweight Champion Jerwin Ancajas will also be in action, defending his crown against mandatory contender Ryuchi Funai.

Ancajas will be making his seventh defence, but needs to make a statement after barely clinging on to his title in his last fight drawing with Alejandro Santiago Barrios.


He added: "The last time I fought, I was not happy with the result. For this fight, we did some different things in training to prepare 100 per-cent for the challenge in front of us.

"We prepared for all different types of styles, which will help me adjust as the fight goes on. My sparring partners were excellent, and you will see the result of that training on Saturday night."

In our third televised fight on the Channel of Champions, local highly-touted teenage Lightweight Gabriel Flores Jr meets Brazilian Eduardo Pereira Reis.