Artur Beterbiev vs. Igor Mikhalkin IBF Eliminator is Possible

By Vadim Pushkin

Light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev delivered an impressive performance Friday night at the Casino du Lac-Leamy.

Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs) blew away Argentine Isidro Ranoni Prieto (26-2-3, 22 KOs) with a knockout victory at 2 minutes, 44 seconds of the first round - and in doing so retains the NABA title.

"I was not aiming for such a fast knockout," Beterbiev said to RDS. "I had prepared for twelve rounds as I always do. After that, my coach asked me to take my time and be on my guard, because Prieto could be dangerous. I'm a bit surprised, I did not expect the fight to end so quickly."

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Beterbiev's trainer, Marc Ramsey, was very satisfied with the victory.

"I wanted Artur to be careful in the first two rounds. The ring was very small then at the sound of the bell, the two boxers were going to find themselves very quickly," added Ramsay.

"It is the best defense that wins in this case and I did not want him to be surprised by a punch that is out of the ordinary, especially given the fact that Prieto has a good power punch. I wanted to install the course of defense, the jab and the counter-punching in the first. I then wanted him to wait for the right moment and to work as a professional. I noticed that Prieto was using the overhand of the right and asked Artur to step aside after sending his jab. He could then surprise him with his right and that's what happened."

Igor Mikhalkin (18-1, 9 KOs), who is ranked at number seven, might become the next opponent for Beterbiev in an IBF final eliminator. Beterbiev's promoter is having extreme difficulties trying to secure some of the other ranked contenders like Erik Skoglund, Sean Monaghan, Enrico Kolling and Marcus Browne. That fight could go down on a date in February or March.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Superbee on 01-11-2017

So as expected Monaghan declined... Now up to IBF #6 Enrico Koelling (WTF?)... Barrera is next on the list ... Fingers crossed ...

Comment by DramaShow on 01-09-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;17310525]name them.....[/QUOTE] ward, kovalev, stevenson, barrera

Comment by Superbee on 01-09-2017

Update: Hard task to find an opponent for this one... They offered the fight to [B][COLOR="red"]Kovalev[/COLOR][/B] and Skoglund who both [B][COLOR="red"]declined[/COLOR][/B]... Now down to Sean Monaghan who has until tomorrow to accept or decline the offer... [url][/url]

Comment by iNixus on 12-27-2016

[QUOTE=NEETzsche;17310604]His team turned down Chilemba in early 2015, then Chilemba turned down Beterbiev later because he was trying to become mandatory to Stevenson's title Beterbiev also turned down Kovalev[/QUOTE] He Had Campillo fight a previous world champion so you cant…

Comment by NEETzsche on 12-27-2016

[QUOTE=iNixus;17310585]say what? before facing Maderna Michel said Chilemba outpriced himself for facing Beterbiev. you know nothing bro [URL=""][/URL] EDIT: its at 1:14 ;)[/QUOTE] His team turned down Chilemba in early 2015, then Chilemba turned down Beterbiev later because he was…

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