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Alexander Besputin is Eyed To Return on Beterbiev-Fanlong Card

Former World Boxing Association (WBA) "regular" champion Alexander Besputin is potentially going to return to action on September 25 in Yekaterinburg, according to statements made by the Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation, Umar Kremlev, to TASS.

"Alexander Besputin, to whom a corresponding proposal has already been made, may return on the same card with Artur Beterbiev. For Besputin, this fight will be the first for him on Russian soil," said Kremlev.

Earlier this year, the World Boxing Association (WBA) stripped Besputin of the "regular" welterweight title. The Russian boxer failed a doping test in the aftermath of title win over countryman Rajab Butaev in December of last year in Monte Carlo.

At one point Besputin (14-0, 9 KOs) was ordered to make a mandatory defense against Yordenis Ugas, who will now face Abel Ramos for the vacant belt.

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Besputin has already made it clear that he does not intend to pursue a rematch with Butaev and strongly denies that he intentionally ingested any performance enhancing drugs.

The main event of the evening on September 25 will be a mandatory fight between WBC, IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev and challenger Meng Fanlong of China. For, Beterbiev this will also be his first fight as a professional on Russian soil.

Kremlev maintains that the planned event is not going to be postponed, with everything currently proceeding as scheduled with the preparations.

The event is going to be streamed in the United States by either ESPN or ESPN+.

Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) and Fanlong (16-0, 10 KOs) were scheduled to headline an ESPN televised show on March 28 at Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada, but it was canceled due to the coronavirus.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by tokon on 08-10-2020

[QUOTE=Mammoth;20698261]And why isn't his last fight ruled a NC or a loss?[/QUOTE] Yes, his positive drug test should have invalidated that result and incurred a suspension. I think that the state athletic commission is responsible for that?

Comment by BigZ44 on 08-10-2020

Let's see Besputin vs the Ukrainian Chukhadzhian

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 08-10-2020

Uh, this drug cheat should be suspended. Not fighting again.

Comment by PBR Streetgang on 08-10-2020

In his fight against Butaev, his conditioning was unreal. Probably because it wasnt natural. He absorbed alot of punishment and it was a grueling fight but his accurate volume punching was the difference. Butaev is a hard man and was…

Comment by Mammoth on 08-10-2020

[QUOTE=Mister Wolf;20698209]Why isn't he suspended?[/QUOTE] And why isn't his last fight ruled a NC or a loss?

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