Artur Beterbiev vs Browne ESPN + & FITE TV Stream December 17th
King Artur returns: Beterbiev to defend the unified light heavyweight crown against top contender Marcus Browne on December 17 at the Montreal Bell Center and LIVE on ESPN +
Marie-Eve Dicaire and Kim Clavel also participated in world title fights at The Boxing Triple Crown in Montreal – Click here to buy tickets!
WBC / IBF unified light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev moved to Montreal almost a decade ago to embark on his professional journey after a pair of Olympic bunks for his native Russia. Sixteen fights in his career, he will return to his adopted city for the first time as a world champion.
Beterbiev, the only world boxing champion with a 100 percent KO rate, will defend his world titles against WBC number 1 contender and 2012 US Olympian Marcus Browne on Friday, December 17 at the Montreal Bell Center.
Beterbiev-Browne will headline a loaded triple world title streaming live and exclusively in the US on ESPN +. Undefeated lightweight flyweight competitor Kim Clavel will fight for the WBC title, while former IBF junior middleweight world champion Marie-Eve Dicaire will look to regain her crown. Full details of the Clavel and Dicaire fights will be announced shortly.
Promoted by Top Rank and Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), tickets go on sale Saturday, October 23 at 10 a.m. ET and can be purchased by visiting ticketmaster.ca, or by emailing the GYM office directly to info @ groupeyvonmichel .that.
âArtur Beterbiev has built a tremendous fan base in Montreal, and we wanted to give him the opportunity to defend his titles in his adopted hometown,â said Top Rank President Bob Arum. âMarcus Browne is a worthy mandatory challenger, a great southpaw with a high boxing IQ. But I believe Artur is the world’s first light heavyweight and as usual will end the fight before the final bell.
âI would like to thank Bob Arum and Yvon Michel for organizing this event in Montreal. It was a dream of mine to defend my titles in front of the fans who have supported me my entire professional career, âsaid Beterbiev. “I can’t wait to defend my titles in a dominant fashion.”
âThis is the time of my life that I was waiting for and I’m ready to enjoy it,â said Browne. âI know exactly what I have to do to take the titles from Beterbiev and that’s what I’m going to do.
âBeterbiev is the most avoided champion. He’s a great fighter, he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes and he’s super strong. But I’m the best fighter and I’m here to show it on December 17th. So my fans know that I’m back and here to stay. No controversial losses, no distractions, just normal work.
âIt is with great pride that we are going to offer this wonderful Christmas present to Quebecers! Artur Beterbiev is probably the best boxer in the history of Canadian boxing, and it is a privilege to have him with us in this defense of his two world titles â, declared Yvon Michel, president of the GYM. âIn addition, we are going to make this event a historic event, because we have three world championship fights on the bill. Marie-Eve Dicaire is determined to reclaim her title, and charismatic Kim Clavel is poised to claim the WBC lightweight flyweight crown. December 17th is one of the biggest international boxing events ever presented in Canada, a real beacon of hope after all these months of pandemic. I would like to thank Artur Beterbiev, Bob Arum and Top Rank for their trust.
Beterbiev (16-0, 16 KOs) last fought in Canada in December 2016, a first-round stoppage against Isidro Ranoni Prieto. He won the vacant IBF world title in his next fight, which he defended twice before unifying the titles with a devastating 10th round save against longtime WBC king Oleksandr Gvozdyk. After an absence of almost 18 months, Beterbiev returned in March with a 10th round TKO against Adam Deines in Moscow. Browne (24-1, 16 KOs), a 30-year-old native of Staten Island, New York, won an interim world title in January 2019 with a unanimous decision victory over two-weight world champion Badou Jack. After relinquishing a technical decision to Jean Pascal in August 2019, Browne returned to his winning ways on April 20 with a shutout decision against Denis Grachev.