• Alexander Besputin 150.6 lbs vs. Viktor Plotnikov TBA (Jr. Middleweight — 10 Rounds) * Plotnikov’s official weight might be accessible later
After practically 18 months, WBC/IBF mild heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) will make his first title protection as a unified world champion Saturday towards Adam Deines (19-1-1, 10 KOs) from Megasport Area in Moscow. Beterbiev, boxing’s solely world champion with a 100% knockout fee, returns to his house nation for the primary time as an expert.
Deines, who resides in Germany, has received a pair of bouts for the reason that lone lack of his profession.
Programming Notice: Undefeated welterweight contender Alexander Besputin (13-0, 9 KOs), who was initially scheduled to struggle Maximiliano Ricardo “El Picante” Veron, will now tackle Viktor Plotnikov (33-10, 15 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Besputin-Plotnikov will open the ESPN+unique portion of the published (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT).
The 12-round tremendous middleweight battle of unbeatens – Azizbek Abdugofurov vs. Pavel Silyagin — is the brand new co-feature and can air instantly previous Beterbiev vs. Deines on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+) at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.
Listed below are a few of Beterbiev’s ideas earlier than his showdown towards Deines.
“It’s been a troublesome yr for everybody. Now, I’m feeling good. I had an excellent preparation, superb camp in Russia. We’re prepared for a struggle.”
“I’m very comfortable to have a struggle in my house nation. We studied Adam. We watched some movies. Now we have a few methods.”
“You by no means hear predictions from me. I’m a easy boxer. I’m not like Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali can say, I’ll knock him out in eight rounds, or 10 rounds, however I’m not like this. I’m centered on doing my finest.”
SATURDAY, March 20, 2021
ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+, 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT
Artur Beterbiev vs. Adam Deines, 12 rounds, Beterbiev’s WBC/IBF Gentle Heavyweight World Titles
Azizbek Abdugofurov vs. Pavel Silyagin, 12 rounds, Abdugofurov’s WBC Silver Tremendous Middleweight Title
ESPN+, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT
Khariton Agrba vs. Helber Rojas, 10 rounds, junior welterweight
Alexander Besputin vs. Viktor Plotnikov, 10 rounds, welterweight