MONTREAL (August 27, 2014) – Former world amateur champion and two-time Russian
Olympian Artur Beterbiev (5-0-0, 5 KOs), who moved to Montreal more than a year
ago when he first turned professional, will face former International
Boxing Federation
(IBF) light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-2-0, 19
KOs), Saturday
night, September 27 at Bell Centre in Montreal.

“Red Dawn,” featuring Beterbiev vs. Cloud for the vacant North
American Boxing Association
(NABA) light heavyweight title, is co-promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel
(GYM) and InterBox,
in association with Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM) and the participation of
Don King Productions (DKP), and co-presented by Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron.

Beterbiev, 29, has lived with his family in Laval for more than one
year. His wife
gave birth to their third child a few weeks ago at St. Mary’s General
Hospital in
Montreal. The newborn, Sofia, joined siblings Akhmad, 4, and 2-year-old Amira in
the Beterbiev family. A graduate of the University of Dagestan in
Makhachkala with
a degree in law, Beterbiev had an outstanding amateur career, earning
gold medals
as a heavyweight in the 2006 World Cup in Baku and 2008 World Cup in Moscow, as
well as at the 2009 World Championships in Milan. He also participated
in the 2008
Olympic Games in Beijing, bowing out in the second round to the
eventual gold medalist,
Zhang Xiaoping, of China. Beterbiev also fought at the 2012 London
Olympics, where
he lost in the quarterfinals to eventual Olympic champion Oleksandr
Usyk, of Ukraine.
During his incredible amateur career, Beterbiev was crowned Russian and European
champion. He has defeated renowned boxers such as Sergey Kovalev twice, Ismayl
Sillakh, Michael Hunter Jr., Abbos Atoev and many others. With Anna Reva as his
manager, Beterbiev turned pro in 2013 and he is undefeated with all
five victories
by knockout, fighting a total of only 11 rounds.

The 32-year-old Cloud, fighting out of Tallahassee, Florida, was the
IBF light heavyweight
champion for four of his 10-year pro career. He originally won the IBF 175-pound
championship in 2009 by way of a 12-round decision over Clinton Woods (42-4-1,
25 KOs), successfully defended his IBF title four times against
former world champions
Glen Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs) and Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs), as well as
challengers Fulgencio Zuniga (24-4-1, 21 KOs) and Yusaf Mack (29-3-2,
17 KOs). Cloud’s
unbeaten win streak was stopped at 24, along with his championship reign, March
2013 in New York as he lost by 12-round decision to the phenomenal
Bernard Hopkins
(52-6-2, 32 KOs) . In his attempt to regain a world title on Sept. 28,
2013, Cloud
was stopped after seven rounds by World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight
champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1-0, 20 KOs) at Bell Centre.

According to The Ring, Cloud is ranked No. 7 among the best
heavyweight in the world,
in addition to No. 9 by the WBC and No. 15 by the World Boxing
Association (WBA).
He has suffered only two defeats during in his pro career, one prior
to the distance,
but he has never been knocked down. More significantly, Cloud has a
decided advantage
over Beterbiev in experience having fought a total of 130 rounds,
including 75 in
world championships. Cloud believes have what it takes to derail his
opponent. The
combination of his aggressive style and hard proven track record are compelling
factors in his favor. Cloud represents a major challenge for
Beterbiev, who is prepared
to make his mark.

“Artur Beterbiev is an extremely special talent and we have a
boundless confidence
in his abilities,” GYM president Yvon Michel said. “It is unheard of
for a fighter
with only five fights of professional experience to headline an event
at the Bell
Centre against an opponent the caliber of Cloud. Quebec fans, who admired Valeri
Kharlamov, Alexander Yakushev and Vladislav Tretiak, and adopted Alex
Kovalev and
Sergey Markov, will quickly be won over by this Alexander Ovechkin of boxing.”

In the co-feature, former world title challenger Dierry “Dougy Style”
Jean (26-1-0,
18 KOs) will defend his NABF lightweight title against Mexican invader
Daniel “Cañerito”
Ruiz (32-7- 2, 22 KOs).

GYM, InterBox and EOTTM will present an 8-fight card on Sept. 27. Also fighting
are two world welterweight contenders from Quebec and Montreal,
respectively, Kevin
Bizier (21-1-0, 14 KOs) and Antonin Decarie (30-2-0, 9 KOs) in
separate bouts. Three
promising prospects Junior Ulysses (3-0-0, 3 KOs), Steven Butler (4-0-0, 3 KOs)
and Eric Bazinian (5-0- 0 3 KOs) – are also scheduled to be in action
on the undercard.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday morning (Aug. 30) at 10:00 a.m. ET and will be
available to purchase at Bell Centre, online at www.evenko.ca, or by calling GYM
(514 383-0666) and the club Boxing Champion (514 376-0980). Ticket prices range
from $50 in the red to $250 on the floor.

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