Speedy Recovery: Artur Beterbiev Back in Training After Getting COVID-19

Published 01/06/2021, 11:56 PM CST
PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES – OCTOBER 17, 2019: IBF world champion Artur Beterbiev of Russia during a weigh-in prior to the WBO light heavyweight title fight against WBC world champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine at the Liacouras Center. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


The Russian light-heavyweight Artur Beterbiev is finally on-track with his training and regime post-COVID-19 recovery. The WBC and IBF light-heavyweight world champion is gearing up for a sturdy comeback in 2021 after a long layoff.

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Beterbiev said he fell victim to the global pandemic on December 29. That is predominantly why his title defense with Adam Deines got canceled.

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Previously, the bout between Beterbiev and Deines could have happened in October, but the Russian boxer injured himself and had to move out of the contest. The fight later got pushed to 11 December 2020, but because of a conflict with TV networks, it got halted for the second time.

The 25-year-old last fought in October 2019, wherein he unified his WBC and IBF 175-pound titles.

His return fight is anticipated to take place in the early half of 2021. The Russian boxer will have to go for a mandatory title defense as soon as he’s ready to march on.

How will Artur Beterbiev fare in his return fight?

Artur Beterbiev is one of the scariest boxers on the light heavyweight roster. He has fought 15 times, finishing all of his opponents via T/KO. He is one of those few boxers in the world to have a whopping 100% knockout ratio.

But until now, Beterbiev has stayed away from the ring for approx 14 months. This is an extremely long layoff when one considers the active run he had in the past.

PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES – OCTOBER 19, 2019: IBF belt-holder Artur Beterbiev of Russia (L) and WBC titlist Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine (R) compete in a light heavyweight world title unification boxing fight at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; Beterbiev won the bout. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

However, the undefeated boxer will give it everything to regain his momentum and put on another solid performance. His skill set separates him from the rest and that is how he has made his way to the top of the 175-pound division.

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It will intrigue fans to see their favorite undefeated (15-0) stalwart come back and put on a show in the ring once again.

Can Artur Beterbiev cement himself as the best knockout artist of the sport? Will the lengthy lay-off affect him in any way?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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