Artur Beterbiev has been linked with a fight against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez ahead of his WBC and IBF light-heavyweight title fight against Marcus Browne in Montreal, live on Sky Sports from 1am on Saturday morning
Saturday 18 December 2021 06:02, UK
Artur Beterbiev glared at Marcus Browne as the unified world champion targets another explosive win that would fuel speculation about a Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez fight.
The fearsome Beterbiev can maintain his 100 per cent knockout record when he defends his WBC and IBF light-heavyweight belts against Browne in Montreal, live on Sky Sports from 1am on Saturday morning.
Beterbiev, who made weight at the second attempt, has recently been linked with an explosive showdown against Canelo.
"I know Canelo pretty well, since he was a young man," Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told Sky Sports.
"He has expressed interest to me about fighting Beterbiev or Joe Smith Jr.
"I would look forward to May or September, the two dates that Canelo likes to fight, that he would fight one of those light-heavyweights."
Browne holds a victory over Badou Jack, with his only defeat coming via a technical decision against Jean Pascal in 2019.
But Top Rank president Todd DuBoef believes Beterbiev can create fresh debate about a Canelo clash with another devastating victory.
"He is a force of nature," DuBoef told Sky Sports.
"You can see his grit and his stoic behaviour.
"He does incredible strength exercises.
"Beterbiev is an absolute beast. He will hunt you down, take what you've got, and take your head off!
"He is as exciting as anyone. Everybody wants to watch him in the ring.
"The biggest thing for him is: what's next? Does he get a shot at Canelo? What are his opportunities?"
Saturday December 18 - Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne - IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles
Saturday January 29 - BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin - IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles
Saturday February 19 - BOXXER in Manchester
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
Saturday February 26 - Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall - undisputed super-lightweight titles