Beterbiev vs. Koelling: Vacant IBF Title Likely To Be at Stake

By Luke Furman

Last week, IBF, WBA, WBO light heavyweight world champion Andre Ward shocked everyone by announcing his retirement from the sport.

With Ward hanging up the gloves, there will soon be three world titles at stake.

On November 11 in Fresno, California - there is an IBF final eliminator between Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs) and Enrico Koelling (23-1, 6 KOs). ESPN will televise the contest as part of their TV deal with Top Rank.

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Because the belt is going to become vacant, Beterbiev and Koelling is likely going to get sanctioned for the full IBF world title.

"There are a lot of things going on in the four sanctioning bodies," said Marc Ramsay, the heard trainer of Beterbiev, to La Presser. "It is good for the division that Ward's titles will become vacant."

"It's at the discretion of the IBF, but this fight [between Beterbiev and Koelling] could well become a championship fight for the vacant title. [This exact situation] has happened in the past. We have already contacted the IBF and the promoter of the fight, Top Rank, to see if there is a way to turn this fight into a world championship contest."

Beterbiev is currently going through a legal battle with Yvon Michel of Canada. The fight with Koelling was secured by Top Rank, because they won the IBF's purse bid. If Beterbiev is able to break away from Michel, he is likely going to sign with Top Rank. Michel claims to have a lot of time left on his promotional agreement with Beterbiev.

Koelling has won his last seven fights, since losing a decision to Mirco Ricci in February 2015.

Beterbiev will be returning to the ring after a nearly one year layoff. He was in the ring back in December, when he broke down and stopped Isidro Ranoni Prieto.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Superbee on 09-29-2017

[QUOTE=Sugar Adam Ali;18089072]Beterbeiv vs kovolev would have been better[/QUOTE] Worst matchup for Kovalev, even when he was [I]King[/I]... He wants to hear nothing of him until (if ever) he has no choice... Beterbiev is an inside master and Kovalev's inner…

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 09-26-2017

Beterbeiv vs kovolev would have been better

Comment by Superbee on 09-26-2017

The reign of King Artur is about to begin... God Am I Happy !!!

Comment by MDPopescu on 09-25-2017

[QUOTE=iNixus;18088569]he is not, Beterbiev said on tva sport things are getting better with gym but he cant talk about it yet. He still with GYm for 2 years[/QUOTE] Michel gave him no fights lately... while Top Rank just did... whatever...

Comment by iNixus on 09-25-2017

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;18088555]Then practically Beterbiev is with Top Rank now... fighting on ESPN...[/QUOTE] he is not, Beterbiev said on tva sport things are getting better with gym but he cant talk about it yet. He still with GYm for 2 years

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