Artur Beterbiev (left)

Beterbiev stated that he prefers unification fights because they are more interesting and more motivating. To become the undisputed world champion, he needs to fight against the Russian WBA champion Dmitry Bivol

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Artur Beterbiev (left)

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Russian boxer Artur Beterbiev declared after defeating American Joe Smith Jr., he wants to become the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world.

Beterbiev defeated Smith in New York by technical knockout and took away the World Boxing Organization (WBO) belt from him. Now the 37-year-old Russian has the WBO, World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) belts. The title of super champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA) belongs to Russian Dmitry Bivol.

“Unification fights are more interesting and more motivating. I prefer the unification fight. I want to be the undisputed champion,” Beterbiev said when asked if he wants to see the next WBO number one opponent, Anthony Yarde or Bivol.

When asked about the feeling of having three championship belts, Beterbiev replied: “I need a little more time to feel it. I don’t feel anything yet – I just won it (the third belt). In a couple of days I will understand what this feeling is.

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Joe Smith Jr. and Artur Beterbiev (left to right)

According to Beterbiev, he wants to “become a good boxer one day.” “Maybe that’s why I was a little better today than in the past, I hope. The coach said that there was not much left for me to become a good boxer, ”added the Russian.

On account of Beterbiev 18 victories in 18 fights in the professional ring (all by knockout).

Bivol is also undefeated in 20 bouts, defending his WBA title in May against Saul Alvarez of Mexico.

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