Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and the Casino de Monte-Carlo have provided more details on the Monte-Carlo Showdown, a must-attend event in the world of boxing on Saturday November 30, broadcast live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and on DAZN in the United States.
Undefeated Russian opponents Alexander Besputin (13-0, 9 KO) and Radzhab Butaev (12-0, 9 KO) will face off for the vacant WBA World Welterweight title at a crucial meeting point for the careers of both men. Besputin had an elite amateur track at the international level before becoming pro in 2015 and to be ranked No. 1 by the WBA after 12 consecutive wins.
Butaev, ranked No. 2 in the welterweight category (147 pounds) by the WBA, shares a record almost identical to that of his compatriot, and the one nicknamed “The Python”, also based in the United States, will try to win the honours and his first world title in what promises to be an epic encounter.
For the second match of the night, Norway’s Cecilia Braekhus (35-0, 9 KO) and Argentina’s Victoria Bustos (19-5) will face off for the title of welterweight world champion of the IBF, WBA, WBO, WBC and IBO.
“I am thrilled to be fighting on November 30 in Monte Carlo, and to contribute to the region’s richness and fame in terms of battles and sporting events,” said Braekhus enthusiastically. I’m sure Victoria Bustos will set the bar high, but I’m well prepared and can not wait to give a great performance to my fans around the world, whether in the room or behind the screen.”
“Fighting for the title of World Champion against champion Cecilia Braekhus is an incredible opportunity for me, which fills me with joy and happiness, said Bustos. To rise to the challenge, I rose a category, and my team and I did a great job. I am extremely well prepared for this fight, and I will not miss my chance. It will be a great show and a big fight.
“This fight will be dedicated to all the boxing fans of the world, to all those who love this sport and who support women’s boxing. I take this opportunity to thank all those who have always supported me, and especially my family and my father who, even if he is not physically present, is always at my side.”
Meanwhile, former World Championship contender Hughie Fury (23-3, 13 KOs) looks forward to bouncing back from his loss to Alexander Povetkin and propel himself to the front of the heavyweight scene. The 25-year-old boxer, who targets more titles in 2020, has already faced the biggest names in his class and hopes to end the season with a win. He will face Pavel Sour (Czech Republic) on November 30 in Monaco.
“The Monte-Carlo Casino and the Monte-Carlo Showdown are the perfect alliance,” said Pascal Camia, executive vice president of SBM’s gaming business. “Like the prestigious events that we organise throughout the year showcasing the art of the game, the Monte-Carlo Boxing Showdown offers a unique experience in an iconic setting and, in line with the strategy of our President and CEO, Jean-Luc Biamonti, brings energy and dynamism to all our gaming halls.”
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: SBM PHOTO: Cecilia Braekhus