WBC/IBF light heavyweight unified champion Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) is preparing for his mandatory challenger Fanlong Meng (16-0, 10 KOs), whom he is scheduled to face on March 28 in Quebec City, Canada, his adopted homeland.
However, news has broken out overseas that he is potentially going to fight in his homeland if successful against Meng.
According to Umar Kremlev, the general secretary of the Russian Boxing Federation, Beterbiev is potentially going to fight in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in August 2020.
"This year, we shall conduct the World Boxing Council's annual convention in St. Petersburg in August," said Kremlev to Alexey Safonov of Sports.ru. "We shall decorate this convention with an event at Gazprom Arena, which has capacity of over 70,000 spectators. Artur Beterbiev will be featured in the main event of the evening. We have already conducted negotiations."
IN OTHER NEWS: Russian boxer Evgeny Tishchenko, who is rising in the ranks, will defend his WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight title on March 7 in Yekaterinburg, the RCC Boxing Promotion press service told RIA Novosti.
The assets of the 2016 Olympic champion , who is already ranked in the seventh postion of the WBO ratings, has six victories in the professional ring. The opponent Tishchenko will be determined later.
Also on March 7 in Yekaterinburg, Russians Magomed Kurbanov, Mark Urvanov and Evgeny Chuprakov will see action in separate fights.