Artur Beterbiev will finally face Adam Deines with the unified light heavyweight title on the line
Artur Beterbiev vs. Adam Deines.
In a match that has been almost comically delayed, Artur Beterbiev (15-0-0) vs. Adam Deines (19-1-1) is finally expected to take place on Saturday, March 20 in Moscow.
The fight had initially been scheduled all the way back in March of 2020 but had to be postponed due to the COVID pandemic. Circumstances kept arising that caused the fight to continue being postponed, but everything seems to be in order for the bout to finally happen.
Beterbiev is currently the WBC and IBF World Light Heavyweight champion and has been undefeated since his professional debut in 2013. All of his fights have been won on the back of his impressive power and he boasts a 100% knockout rate. The Ring ranks Beterbiev as the current number one light heavyweight in the world at 175lbs and, with a victory over Deines, he could continue to challenge other top boxers in the division.
Deines is no slouch himself, however, and has experience in championship fights. His only loss in his professional career was by unanimous decision in a bout against Meng Fanlong (16-0-0) for the IBF Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title. Despite having more experience and being six years younger than Beterbiev, most boxing experts don’t expect much from Deines. This isn’t a knock on Deines so much as respect for just how dominant Beterbiev has been.
In fact, Beterbiev is the heavy favorite according to oddsmakers. Deines is currently sitting at +900 to win the match outright so there is very little faith in his ability to pull off the upset. Still, stranger things have happened and it is hard to count out any professional fighter no matter how unlikely it might be.