Beterbiev-Murat Bout in Play, Gonzalez Takes a Pass

By Luke Furman

Light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9KOs) is having a very difficult time finding an opponent to face him an IBF final eliminator on November 28th at the Videotron Centre in Quebec, Canada. The event will be headlined by James DeGale defending his IBF super middleweight championship against Canadian superstar Lucian Bute.

Whoever Beterbiev ends up fighting, the winner will become the mandatory challenger to WBA/IBF/WBO champion Sergey Kovalev.

Beterbiev was ordered to face several names in the IBF eliminator and many of them pass on the opportunity. A few days ago Sullivan Barrera dropped out, so Beterbiev's team turned their attention to IBF #11 Yunieski Gonzalez (16-1, 12KOs), who lost a very close ten round decision to former champion Jean Pascal on July 25th.

Gonzalez has also passed on the fight, according to RDS.

The next candidate being discussed is German contender Karo Murat (27-2-1, 17 KOs), who already told the IBF that he would agree to face Beterbiev in a final eliminator.

The two sides have been given ten days to reach a deal or the IBF will order a purse bid.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HI-TECH Boxing on 10-10-2015

[QUOTE=Barcham;16117705]Want a ridiculous rating? Jim Lampley and The Fight Game have moved Ward into the number 1 spot on their P4P list simply because he has had one fight. They claim that his Super Six achievements are enough for him…

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-10-2015

[QUOTE=Calculating...;16121499]I wish Hopkins accepted Beterbiev, that would of been exciting [B]Don't blame Murat for cancelling[/B], Beterbiev is the last man I'd fight in the world. [B]The power is just[/B] [B]UNREAL[/B][/QUOTE] ... Erol Ceylan: "Murat-Beterbiev possible at the earliest next summer!"...…

Comment by Calculating... on 10-10-2015

I wish Hopkins accepted Beterbiev, that would of been exciting Don't blame Murat for cancelling, Beterbiev is the last man I'd fight in the world. The power is just [B]UNREAL[/B]

Comment by HI-TECH Boxing on 10-10-2015

I don't know how reliable this is but according to this site Murat may turn down the fight: [url]http://www[/url].

Comment by Scipio2009 on 10-09-2015

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;16118308]Beterbiev and Kovalev are the most avoided at the LHW. At least Kovalev gave Beterbiev a shot but Haymon opposed. In case Haymon gets that IBF belt without a fight it will be another big shame for boxing.[/QUOTE] $500k and…

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