Yvon Michel Stands Firm That Artur Beterbiev Contract Still Valid

By Luke Furman

Nothing is going well between light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev and his promoter Yvon Michel of GYM.

As previously reported on Monday, Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs) filed legal documents to break his promotional pact with Michel. The two sides are expected to battle it out in court, with a decision coming down before the summer.

"We have a different opinion," said Michel to Radio Canada. "He believes that his contract is finished. We think the opposite. He will bring his arguments and we will bring our own. We met a few times. He explained his position to us, I explained his position to him.  It's nothing personal, there's no animosity between us. It's just business. Since no agreement has been reached, a third party, a judge, will determine who is right."

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Beterbiev complained that GYM failed to provide him with a guaranteed number of fights per year, per their contract, and they also were late with payments following his recent fights.

The 32-year-old Russian boxer is also involved in a legal dispute with his former manager, Anna Reva, who accuses him of breaking their contract.

"We've never had a problem until recently," Michel said. He asked to meet me and we just discussed things between us three times, once with his lawyer. We did not get along, but it was very cordial. We just have a different perspective. "

According to Michel, Beterbiev will still face German contender Enrico Köelling during the summer in an IBF final eliminator.

"We are still the promoters of Artur," said Michel. "I have already sent an email to him and his team to determine the date. On the side of the Germans, the agreement is already made for Köelling, his purse is settled, the agreement with Sauerland is settled. All they are waiting for is to send them the date and place."

"There is Ramadan in June [Beterbiev is Muslim, Editor's note], I do not know what influence it will have, but we must fight before the 3rd of August. "

 Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SteveM on 05-10-2017

Beterbiev just 1 more fighter who says or implies he wants to be more active. Promoters surely want to see boxers be more active as their is money in it for them. What gives? I'm guessing that there's not enough…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 05-10-2017

Eh, this doesn't bold well for Beterbiev. I trust a promoter to know the ironclad details of what he added to a fighter contract & the slick usage of terms to add extra fights on a deal then for a…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 05-10-2017

[QUOTE=kennethjohn;17659725]yeah because it was all but signed and barrera wasted everyones time, he agreed to everything, then didnt sign. you can say it was bad pay,, duva wanted to pay him even less. then they made it in his adopted…

Comment by kennethjohn on 05-10-2017

[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;17659575]Who? And Beterbiev fans were trying to rag on Barrera's last opponent. :rofl:[/QUOTE] yeah because it was all but signed and barrera wasted everyones time, he agreed to everything, then didnt sign. you can say it was bad…

Comment by Lemonhead_Jeff on 05-09-2017

[QUOTE=MantisToboggan;17659683]Look what he did to Chickenson..[/QUOTE] And people are only calling him Chickenson because of Haymon! lol Even the fighters that he doesn't put on the back burner are getting screwed. Beyonce Wilder is the longest running current heavyweight titlist,…

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