Artur Beterbiev has conquered all 13 opponents by knockout - the only World Champion in boxing who has won every fight inside the distance.
BoxNation have watched him progress from a heavy-handed contender into a fully fledged Champion, and he is back on the Channel of Champions on Saturday 4th May defending his IBF Light-Heavyweight Title against Radivoje Kalajdzic.
Here is BoxNation’s factfile on the Russian who is desperate to prove that he is the top dog in the Light-Heavyweight division:
- Born: Khasavyurt, Dagestan, Russia
- Resides: Montreal, Canada
- Date of Birth: 21/1/85
- Height: 6ft
- Pro Record: 13-0 (13 KOs)
- 2006 European Championships gold medal
- 2007 World Championships silver medal
- 2009 World Championships gold medal
- 2010 European Championships gold medal
- 2010 AIBA Fighter of the Year
1) Artur’s amateur wins included victories against countrymen Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Sergey Kovalev and Ukranian Oleksandr Usyk, who also beat him twice, including the 2012 Olympics.
2) Since turning pro and winning his World Title against Enrico Koelling in November 2017 he has made just one defence, against Callum Johnson, because of a dispute with former promoters.
3) He has spent 10 weeks in camp for Kalajdzic, training under Marc Ramsey in Montreal at NESS Martial.
4) His mother was a nurse and his late father shuttle bus driver. Money was hard to come by and he shared one room and a toilet with his four brothers.
5) When Beterbiev was called up to the Russian Junior National team his dad spent his life savings of $200 for a team uniform for his son.
6) His mother was the driving force behind him boxing and Beterbiev’s father only approved of boxing when he won a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships.
7) Days after winning that medal his father died suddenly in an accident.
8) Despite a promising boxing career he continued his education and gained a law degree at University of Dagestan.
9) He and his wife, Medina, have a son, Akhmad (7), and two daughters – Amira (5) and Sofia (4).
10) Although he boxed orthodox, Beterbiev is naturally ambidextrous.