Artur Beterbiev … the Canadian! | The Montreal Newspaper


Saturday night will be very special for Artur Beterbiev. True, fighting in Madison Square Garden is special. It is true that boxing in New York is special. It’s true that facing Joe Smith at home for another title unification is also special.

But on Saturday we will present him as world champion … from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

“I am a Canadian citizen, I have lived in Montreal for 10 years and the WBC has asked me to point out that I am Canadian. We don’t want to talk about Russia, ”explains Artur.

It doesn’t bother him. He is now Canadian and proud to say it. But he remains deeply Chechen and Russian, and lives with the contradictions of international politics.

He also remains extremely fussy and hungry for wins.


Friday, 4:00 It was worth spending an hour between Pixcom, rue Saint-Paul Est, and the Academy of Marc Ramsay, north of rue Jeanne-Mance. Fortune favors the bold.

Artur Beterbiev was in the ring with Ramsay and I understand why Ramsay suffers from a tennis elbow and that Sam Décarie is so often at the chiropractor. Making gloves with these typing monsters is suicide. Let’s say, bold.

Beterbiev never slowed down. I was able to take advantage of a lull for Ramsay as Beterbiev has been going there from rounds of shadow boxing. Artur came and sat on the edge of the ring for a minute and it was he who said to Ramsay: ” one more “.

“It’s always like that. Another one. Artur is nothing short of special. Myself, I’ve been forced to progress. He’s always asking for more. He knows Joe Smith is a great customer and prepares accordingly. In any case, Artur is always ready, “explained Ramsay.

Artur Beterbiev has been well settled with his wife, Medina, and his family in Quebec for several years.

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Artur Beterbiev has been well settled with his wife, Medina, and his family in Quebec for several years.


Arthur is special. For example, one or two suras of the Quran prohibit lending or borrowing. Artur could afford a castle in Westmount. But he still needs a mortgage. His faith forbids it. Beterbiev’s family therefore lives in a beautiful apartment paid for in cash.

“Anyway, I wouldn’t have time to take care of a house,” he says with a smile.

But no debt, it goes both ways. When some checks got lost in the trunk, like after his win at the Casino du Lac-Leamy, and he had to wait months to get paid, the Monday after the match, Beterbiev sat down with Ramsay.

“I told him I would wait until he was paid to cover the cost of my services. He said no. I owe you some money, here it is, “Ramsay says.

Don’t worry. I Anthony Rudman is now Beterbiev’s attorney. It was he who negotiated his new three-year contract with Top Rank earlier this year. Artur will never be in misery.


Marc Ramsay’s gym is a boxing journalist’s paradise. On Friday, if young animator Maxime Van Houtte hadn’t been stuck in a radio studio, he would have experienced the voyage total. In the same gym, at the same time, I was with Artur Beterbiev, Oscar Rivas, who is preparing for the defense of the title in Cali, Colombia, Christian Mbilli, who will be analyst at 91.9 on June 23, and Erik Bazinyan who will make him endure the weight of the final that evening.

Two world champions and two top 5 of the world.

It’s almost unreal for a veteran who learned to love boxing with Robert Cléroux and reading the exploits of Laurent Dauthuille and Armand Savoie under the flowery pen of Louis Chantigny.

I went from Gaétan Hart, Jean-Claude Leclair and Stéphane Ouellet to Beterbiev, Rivas, Bazinyan, Mbilli, Arslanbek Makhmudov and company. And a stage with Lucian Bute, Adrian Diaconu, Jean Pascal, Adonis Stevenson … and Éric Lucas. Boxing is the new Quebec. A Chechen, a Colombian, an Armenian, a French born in Cameroon, a Russian, two Romanians, two Haitians and … a thoroughbred. And the promoter Camille Estephan is of Lebanese origin. Far from Régis Lévesque, my Réjean …

It’s up to Beterbiev and Makhmudov to learn to get by a little in French and we’ll get a portrait of this new company that is sometimes scary but produces Quebec babies.

A memorable Friday afternoon.

Bravo Shawinigan!

Shawinigan is, after Chicoutimi, my favorite city in Quebec. Rimouski, Havre-Saint-Pierre and Falardeau follow.

Shawinigan was founded to become a city of 200,000. The nationalization of electricity in 1960 changed the plans of American companies. But the planners had already designed a city on the model of New York. Hence the avenues and streets, the 5Andthe 7And, Broadway. Be on the corner of 8And and Broadway, it is still quite far from Madison Square Garden.

The cup

But Shawinigan won the President’s Cup while New York won’t win the Stanley Cup.

I know Roger Lavergne, the president, Claude Vallée, Camille Estephan and a few other leaders of the Cataractes. Lavergne’s chicken was the best in Mauricie, Vallée smoked meats are the best at least in Quebec and Camille Estephan, a new investor in the Cataractes with daughter Emmanuelle, won a cup in her first year.

Geoff Molson should call him and ask him.

Congratulations to Cataract! Continue to watch over the education and training of the young people entrusted to your care and everyone will get better.


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