Unified world champion Artur Beterbiev might be open to a future battle towards the winner of Joshua Buatsi vs Dan Azeez, says High Rank CEO Bob Arum.
The British light-heavyweight rivals will danger their world title ambitions and unbeaten data of their battle on Saturday night time at The O2, dwell on Sky Sports activities.
Beterbiev stopped Anthony Yarde in an exciting battle at Wembley in January, whereas he takes on one other British contender, Callum Smith, in a rescheduled defence of his WBC, IBF and WBO titles in Quebec on January 13.
If the Canada-based champion extends his explosive unbeaten report, that includes 19 knockouts in 19 wins, then Beterbiev might supply a world title shot to the Buatsi-Azeez winner.
“Since Artur made such an enormous splash within the UK towards Yarde, we might not be against him returning in the future sooner or later,” Arum, who promotes Beterbiev, informed Sky Sports activities.
Azeez has already traded quite a few punches with Beterbiev after being introduced in for explosive sparring periods.
‘Beterbiev’s energy retains you jittery!’
“The overhands and the bodywork, these little issues, there are small little issues that Beterbiev does. I do not suppose lots of people give him credit score for his precise boxing IQ as a result of clearly he is knocked out everybody,” Azeez informed Sky Sports activities earlier this yr.
“He is acquired a really clever thoughts in there.
“In sparring as properly you’d throw a shot at him and also you’d miss by an inch, he is acquired excellent footwork,” Azeez added. “He would possibly come throughout like he is flat-footed however he is really acquired good footwork and he is aware of transfer across the ring.
“It is that punching energy, it retains you jittery and makes you expend extra vitality than you need to as a result of you realize if I am in too shut, I might get tagged. If I make a mistake, I might get tagged. So that you’re pondering much more than you need to, so it is onerous.
“As you see if you watch him, when he throws his photographs, it would not seem like he places an excessive amount of into it. It is deceiving however there’s energy behind it.”
On the Buatsi vs Azeez undercard, Mikael Lawal settles his feud with Isaac Chamberlain in a British cruiserweight title conflict, whereas Louis Inexperienced, collides with Sam Gilley in a Commonwealth super-welterweight title showdown and Karris Artingstall takes a step up at school towards Canadian champion Vanessa Bradford.
Watch Buatsi vs Azeez on Saturday night time at The O2, dwell on Sky Sports activities.