Park Hill native Marcus Browne (24-1, 16 KOs) will take his skills, and his potent left hand, north of the border when he meets reigning mild heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (16-0, 16 KOs) within the ring.
Prime Rank introduced on Tuesday that the sunshine heavyweight title bout will probably be held on Friday, Dec. 17 at Montreal’s historic Bell Centre. The bout will air on ESPN+ as a part of The Boxing Triple Crown, which may also characteristic reigning ladies’s champions Marie-Eve Dicaire and Kim Clavel, who will defend their respective belts towards opponents TBA.
Prime Rank’s press launch on Tuesday divulged additional particulars:
Beterbiev moved to Montreal practically a decade in the past to embark on his skilled journey following a pair of Olympic berths for his native Russia. Sixteen fights into his profession, he’ll return to his adopted hometown for the primary time as a world champion. Beterbiev, boxing’s solely world champion with a one hundred pc knockout fee, will defend his world titles towards Browne, the WBC No. 1 contender and a 2012 U.S. Olympian.
“That is the second in my life that I’ve been ready for and I’m able to make the most of it,” Browne mentioned. “I do know precisely what I’ve to do to take the titles from Beterbiev and that’s what I’m going to do. “Beterbiev is essentially the most averted champion on the market. He’s a fantastic fighter, doesn’t make a number of errors and is tremendous sturdy. However I’m the higher fighter and I’m right here to indicate that come December 17. So, to my followers, know that I’m again and I’m right here to remain. No controversial losses, no distractions, simply straight work.”
After a virtually 18-month absence, Beterbiev returned in March with a Tenth-round TKO over Adam Deines in Moscow. Browne (24-1, 16 KOs), a 30-year-old native of Staten Island, New York, received an interim world title in January 2019 with a unanimous resolution win over two-weight world champion Badou Jack. After dropping a technical resolution to Jean Pascal in August 2019, Browne returned to his successful methods April 20 with a shutout resolution over Denis Grachev.
”Artur Beterbiev has constructed an amazing fanbase in Montreal, and we wished to provide him the chance to defend his titles in his adopted hometown,” mentioned Prime Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Marcus Browne is a worthy obligatory challenger, an enormous southpaw with a excessive boxing IQ. However I imagine Artur is the world’s premier mild heavyweight and, as standard, will finish the struggle earlier than the ultimate bell.”
Time will inform the story, however the highly-anticipated contest is for certain to attract the attention of the boxing world on Dec. 17.