Athletistic/ Boxing. WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol noted that he trained with Artur Beterbiev in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.

Bivol admitted that he treated Beterbiev as the leader of the national team.

“Beterbiev was preparing for the Olympics, he was boxing at 91 kg. I was still at 75 at the time. The difference is big. I was in the national team, it happened that we were put on a few rounds.

I tried to move so they wouldn’t hit me, he was trying to hug me somewhere. It’s not a full match. When we were at the Olympics, Beterbiev needed sparring. The attitude towards Beterbiev was more that of a senior, and the communication is the same,” Sport-Express Bivol quotes.

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