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Artur Beterbiev open to fight Oleksandr Usyk at cruiserweight


Oleksandr Usyk, who is the current WBO, IBF, IBO, and WBA heavyweight champion, would not pose a problem for Artur Beterbiev, the WBC, IBF, and WBO light heavyweight champion.


The match had to occur in the cruiserweight division, where Usyk won the title without a challenge in 2018.


Beterbiev defeated Anthony Yarde in eight rounds when in action last Saturday night in London.


His 19-0 perfect record now includes 19 wins over opponents who were all vanquished close to home. After two consecutive decision victories over Anthony Joshua, Usyk improved his reputation in the sport.


To settle an undisputed match between Usyk and WBC world champion Tyson Fury, conversations are still going on. If the chance to take on Usyk arises, Beterbiev would consider the possibility.


"No problem," Beterbiev said. "If you organize. He's successful. He did a good job [with his career]. He's a good fighter and he did a good job. I'm not really interested [in his career]. I'm not following Usyk or someone else," Beterbiev told Sky Sports.


More than anything, Beterbiev wants an undisputed bout with WBA champion Dmitry Bivol, but it doesn't seem realistic in 2023 with Bivol maybe facing Joshua Buatsi first and then facing Saul "Canelo" Alvarez again.


Beterbiev will likely defend the WBC championship against top contender Callum Smith if no agreement on unification is reached.


The Russian puncher is open to the idea of competing for a world championship at cruiserweight, but he would rather win the final crown at 175 pounds before thinking about going heavier.


"I could move up, it's interesting but another champion is good too," Beterbiev said. "I try to be ready for everything. If it comes, we will try to do it."

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