By Max Schramm: Artur Beterbiev has been ordered to defend his WBC mild heavyweight title towards #1 Marcus Browne. Mauricio Sulaiman, the WBC president, informed ESPN that Beterbiev (16-0, 16 KOs) has been ordered to defend his belt towards the 2012 U.S Olympian Browne (24-1, 16 KOs).
Beterbiev has acquired the punching energy to provide Browne many issues on this combat if the American elects to slug it out with him.
Browne has acquired the kind of boxing abilities to provide the two-time Russian Olympian Beterbiev one thing to consider if he can’t bang him out like he’s accomplished with the 16 opponents he’s confronted throughout his eight-year skilled profession.
The hard-hitting Browne is coming off a lopsided 10 spherical unanimous determination over journeyman Denis Grachev final April in Los Angeles, California.
If the combat takes place, this will likely be an attention-grabbing one involving two Olympians. Browne, 30, has wonderful boxing abilities and energy, however he was surprisingly crushed by Jean Pascal by an eight spherical technical determination two years in the past in August 2019. Pascal dropped Browne thrice within the combat.
In Beterbiev’s final combat, he efficiently defended his IBF belt towards Adam Deines by profitable a tenth spherical knockout final March.
Beterbiev was coming off accidents, COVID-19, and a protracted 1 1/2 yr layoff going into that combat. Which may clarify why Beterbiev seemed sluggish and never almost as spectacular as he’d been in his two earlier fights towards Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Radivoje Kalajdzic.
If that efficiency from Beterbiev was a product of him getting older, he might need actual issues on his fingers towards Browne as a result of he’s acquired the boxing abilities to provide the Russian fighter matches if he’s misplaced just a few steps.
You’ve acquired to imagine that Beterbiev’s punching energy continues to be pretty much as good as ever, which provides him a good chance of stopping Browne if he can land his photographs.
Towards Pascal, Browne fell aside from the mix of pace and energy from the Canadian fighter. Browne didn’t react effectively from the stress that Pascal was placing him beneath, and he rapidly crumbled, getting knocked down within the fourth and twice extra within the seventh spherical.
The competition was halted within the eighth as a consequence of Browne struggling a nasty reduce over his left eye from a conflict of heads. Had the reduce not occurred, Pascal seemed like he was on the verge of knocking Browne out.
In Browne’s combat earlier than that, he’d seemed nice, beating former two-division world champion Badou Jack by a 12 spherical unanimous determination in January 2019.
For Beterbiev to win this combat, he’s going to should go after Browne and look to knock him out as a result of he’ll get outboxed if he doesn’t get to him. Browne is the kind of fighter that can preserve the motion on the surface if he’s a man with energy, and one can’t think about he’ll need to take any probabilities towards a puncher like Beterbiev.
Beterbiev should preserve profitable so long as attainable as a result of Canelo Alvarez is predicted to maneuver as much as the 175-lb division if he’s efficiently defeating IBF tremendous middleweight champion Caleb Plant on November sixth of their undisputed championship bout.
In keeping with promoter Eddie Hearn, Beterbiev is a fighter that Canelo is excited by dealing with as soon as he strikes as much as 175. The cash that Beterbiev could make preventing Canelo is large, and that’s why he can’t afford to lose to a pure boxer like Marcus Browne.
“WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman tells ESPN he’s ordered a lightweight heavyweight title combat between Artur Beterbiev and Marcus Browne. Beterbiev, ESPN’s No. 1 175-pound boxer, holds two titles. Browne is our No. 10 mild heavyweight,” mentioned @MikeCoppinger.