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Beterbiev Fight Cancellation Costing Boxer $50K In Expenses

Artur Beterbiev’s matchup against Fanlong Meng on March 28 in Quebec City was canceled because of the coronavirus global pandemic.

Considering the close proximity on the calendar in which the fight was stalled, Beterbiev could not escape the camp-related expenses that came with preparing for the fight over the last two months. The stalling of the Meng matchup ended up costing Beterbiev a pretty penny—money that as an independent contractor, he won't be recovering.

Beterbiev head trainer Marc Ramsay estimates that his unified IBF and WBC light heavyweight champion is out anywhere from roughly $35,000 to $52,000 US dollars ($50,000 to $75,000 in Canadian dollars) in training expenses, per The Journal of Montreal.

“It’s a true catastrophe,” said Ramsay. “In addition to not receiving his purse, Artur is going to absorb all the costs for his training camp. It’s a camp that had big expenses in terms of the salary for the six-man team, their allowances, flight tickets and housing.

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Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) earned $1.5 million in his last fight against Oleksandr Gvozdyk when he scored a 10th round TKO win for the Ukranian’s WBC title.

“Even for my gymnasium, it will not be easy in the coming weeks. We make our budget on a monthly basis. However, for the time being, safety and health takes precedence,” said Ramsey. “Over the next few days, I'm going to be busy closing my last two training camps like finding plane tickets for Artur sparring partners who have to return home. Then, I will advance in my boxing projects which are mainly administrative.

“We could maybe do our training camp outside, but even that isn’t optimal … In my opinion, we’re far from doing that. We’ll make plans as soon as we get some precise dates.”

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and and currently does TV commentary for combat sports programming that airs on Fox Sports and hosts his own radio show in Los Angeles. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by MulaKO on 03-22-2020

[QUOTE=skillfull;20474756]its way more than that[/QUOTE] What exactly do you mean We are talking about his fight with Hot Rod

Comment by skillfull on 03-22-2020

[QUOTE=MulaKO;20474226]I’d say probably around 200-250 000 That’s him paying for his training etc etc[/QUOTE] its way more than that

Comment by Shadoww702 on 03-21-2020

And failed PED’s cost the same. If not double depending how late in the game it came. Lemuix even though clean is like the king of canceled Saunders is even worse. I wouldn’t schedule either one for fighters I promoted

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 03-21-2020

I knew this s[I]hi[/I]t was going to affect economically in all facets. I don't blame them, we are going through hard times. I am more sad for fighters who need money mostly quickly, because they don't have the same commodities,…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 03-21-2020

Just part of the pro boxer gig, unfortunately. I wonder if his team had bought insurance... to protect him against the fight being cancelled... wonder if that would've worked out.

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