Arum is Open To Scenario of Beterbiev Returning To UK For Buatsi-Azeez Winner

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who promotes WBO, IBF, WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev, is open to the possibility of bringing his boxer back to the UK to fight the winner of Saturday’s clash between unbeaten contenders Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez.

Back in January, Beterbiev traveled to the UK and stopped mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde at Wembley in London. He’s back in the ring in January of next year, in his home country of Canada, when he defends his belts against another British mandatory, Callum Smith.

“Since Artur made such a big splash in the UK against Yarde, we would not be opposed to him returning one day in the future,” Arum told Sky Sports.

The bout between Buatsi and Azeez has been sanctioned as a WBA final eliminator. The WBA’s 175-pound title is held by Dmitry Bivol.

Azeez is very familiar with Beterbiev after being used as a sparring partner in the past.

“The overhands and the bodywork, those little things, there are small little things that Beterbiev does. I don’t think a lot of people give him credit for his actual boxing IQ because obviously he’s knocked out everyone,” Azeez told Sky Sports earlier this year.

“In sparring as well you’d throw a shot at him and you’d miss by an inch, he’s got very good footwork. He might come across like he’s flat-footed but he’s actually got good footwork and he knows how to move around the ring.

“It’s that punching power, it keeps you jittery and makes you expend more energy than you want to because you know if I’m in too close, I could get tagged. If I make a mistake, I could get tagged. So you’re thinking a lot more than you want to, so it’s hard. As you see when you watch him, when he throws his shots, it doesn’t look like he puts too much into it. It’s deceiving but there’s power behind it.”

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