Beterbiev, blood money


Artur Beterbiev vs. Joe Smith Jr. In a theater in Madison Square Garden. In a struggle for unification. Up for grabs three belts, two great hitters colliding. One of which nearly ended Eleider Alvarez’s career in Las Vegas after her defeat to Sergey Kovalev.

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Joe Smith is good. He’s strong. He is brave and has dedicated his adult life to boxing after working in the construction industry.

Joe Smith is good, but Artur is Artur.


Three mornings a week, Beterbiev goes to the Claude-Robillard center. His executioner is waiting for him. André Kulesza is a sadist in a training camp. It seems he is inventing new ways to kill his boxer. Weights, balls, running, other weights, other balls, sailor ropes, individual weights, twist lift, the trainer invents them every week.

Is that enough to discourage Artur Beterbiev? To make him miss a workout when it’s -20?

Kulesza replies with a smile.

“Artur told me that in the morning he won’t be in the gym at 7 in the morning, it’s because he will be dead. ”

I have often seen André Kulesza working. It doesn’t make good sense. A pure product of the Soviet school. He smiles, but it looks like he has no heart. He had a knack for pushing Lucian Bute to impossible limits. Beterbiev is like the National League and the AAA dwarf, the training is so excessive. He sweats blood and water.

And that doesn’t stop Beterbiev from ending up in Marc Ramsay’s ring in the afternoon. And to ask for more. Ramsay has already explained to me at length how challenging it was to be Beterbiev’s manager. He demands more and more, he always wants to experience something new. Know him more while he does even more. More and more.

That’s why Marcus Browne remained on his knees. Because Oleksandr Gvozdyk ended up not wanting to get up. Because he was sick of being run over by a tank.

Not to mention the fact that he is Ukrainian …

ARTUR He is grumpy

Yesterday morning in New York, Beterbiev was grumpy. While getting fat is never a big deal, it’s never pleasant for a boxer. Dehydration is unpleasant and sometimes painful.

Ramsay was in a good mood despite the stress of an important meeting at Madison Square Garden. In the Big Apple which, as we know, is a copy of Shawinigan.

My first question wasn’t very original. How do you prepare to face a big hitter like Smith? And how do you cut the ring without exposing yourself too much?

“In The art of war, we are told that we must bring the enemy to the ground. Artur knows how to impose his territory. You have to be able to overcome the power and volume of the opponent’s blows, “Ramsay replies.

“The most important thing is not what Joe Smith can do. We know him very well. He is physically strong and always gives his best. What will matter is that Artur fights the way he wants to fight. He lets him impose his style and his way of him. What he says in the ring: “This is who I am. What can I impose on this ring “. We have worked very hard on many technical details. Details that make the difference. Artur has taken out all the fights of him but he is a complete boxer who brings all the nuances of boxing into a fight, ”Ramsay said.

Also, Ramsay can’t be wrong on the side of trust. It was the one in Alvarez’s corner when he was shot down by Smith.

“Alvarez and Beterbiev are two worlds. And then Eleider had already started to slow down. I entered this fight with great trepidation, ”he replies.


Smith is not the first big hitter that Beterbiev has faced. -Ramsay points out that Beterbiev completely demolished Callum Johnson, Gabriel Campillo and Tavoris Cloud and forgets about Browne.

In the United States they promote a fight between monsters. I’ll be more courteous Joe Smith Jr. can win. He hits hard enough to shake Beterbiev, who has already fallen a few times in his career.

But Beterbiev is a better boxer. No one in the world, unless they live on Mars, can be in the best physical condition for a boxing match. And he always ends up wearing out his opponents. before completing them.

Artur Beterbiev between the eighth and the 10thAnd. Abandonment or interruption of the referee. On RDS at 10pm


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