In a single explicit of the previous massive fights remaining for 2021, it’s a conflict involving 2012 Olympians for the lineal lightweight heavyweight title with some concord of energy intrigue at take pleasure in on Friday night time (ESPN+, 8 PM EST).
Champion Artur Beterbiev is promoted by Prime Rank. Challenger Marcus Browne is under the PBC umbrella. In a world the place by Saul Alvarez seems to be open to combating anyplace from super middleweight to cruiserweight now, having parts at mild heavyweight points.
It’s a incredible struggle with out having any of that. Browne is a proficient boxer with electrical energy however one explicit with based vulnerabilities. Beterbiev is a formidable, however ageing, tank of a fighter. Equally have skilled just one battle prior to now two a few years. Beterbiev was additionally an Olympian in 2008 and obtained a Planet Beginner crown in 2009 however with all that working expertise arrives miles.
Can Browne make the miles insert up on Friday?
Allow us to get into it.
Stats and Stakes
Titles: IBF Gentle Heavyweight (2017-Current, 4 Defenses) Lineal/TBRB/WBC Gentle Heavyweight (2019-Present, 1 Protection)
Former Titles: None
Peak: 5’11 ½
Weight: 175 lbs.
Hails from: Khasavyurt, Russia
Report: 16-, 16 KO
File in Important Title Fights: 5-, 5 KO
Final 5 Opponents: 100-3-1 (.966)
Notable Outcomes, TBRB and/or Ring Rated Foes: Tavoris Cloud KO2 Gabriel Campillo KO4 Oleksandr Gvozdyk TKO10
Added Current/Earlier Titlists Confronted: None
Title/Earlier Titles: None*
Peak: 6’1 ½
Weight: 174 ½ lbs.
Hails from: Staten Island, New York
File: 24-1, 16 KO
Press Rankings: #5 (TBRB, Ring), #8 (ESPN, BoxRec)
Historical past in Main Title Fights: N/A (1-1 in interim title fights)
Previous 5 Opponents: 110-21-6 (.825)
Notable Outcomes, Ring/TBRB Rated Foes: Badou Jack UD12 Jean Pascal L8
Supplemental Present/Earlier Titlists Confronted: None
*Browne held an interim WBA title in 2019
The Decide: Browne has been an up and down fighter, sometimes virtually. Browne was secure in the direction of Badou Jack however his chin and sturdiness are genuine situation marks. Browne has been down in lots of fights, along with 3 events in the direction of an aged Jean Pascal. Beterbiev has been down as completely, from Callum Johnson, however confirmed superior restoration and has as a result of taken some wonderful footage in opposition to Gvozdyk. Browne is a bit of taller and for an extended interval however the notion of retaining Beterbiev absent for twelve rounds appears like a ton to ask. Beterbiev shouldn’t be a headhunter. He’s a end boxer who’s efficient up and down with harsh leather-based, emphasis, and endurance. If Browne doesn’t get caught early this might go some rounds and, if Browne can get a direct, he has the acumen to proceed to maintain it. The way more very doubtless circumstance is Beterbiev catches as much as him and might purchase what Browne has to offer improved than the reverse. The choose is Beterbiev by stoppage.
Rold Picks 2021: 48-13
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, a member of the Worldwide Boxing Evaluation Company, and a member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of The us. He will be reached at [email protected]