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Besputin defeats Butaev for WBA welter title

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WBA #1 welterweight Alexander Besputin (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over WBA #2 rated Radzhab Butaev (12-1, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA welterweight title on Saturday night at the Casino de Monte Carlo in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
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In a clash between two highly skilled boxers, Butaev pressed the action while ring technician Besputin looked for angles and put rounds in the bank. Scores were 116-112 across the board.



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  • The outcome was as expected. The big question now: who will be next for Besputin? Crawford would be too early for him but Lipinets, Broner, M or D Garcia, and especially Spence would be huge fights for him. Besputin is not at his peak yet but already an impressive fighter, so all his next fights should be great for boxing fans.

    • Spence ??? Neither one of these fighters was ranked by the wbc wbo or IBF . Far from a Spence fight ..

    • Spence ???? There is a reason neither one of these guys wasn’t ranked by wbc wbo or IBF … but some how the wba saw fit to make this a wba regular title fight … Not ready for Spence ..

      • Those rankings don’t mean much. Global rankings, however, do, and both, Besputin and Butaev are ranked fairly high. Besputin is ranked #16 by BoxRec.com but even higher by other boxing experts. I think he can and will beat the likes of Khan or Broner already now, and they are both ranked in the top 15 of the division.

  • Besputin will not win decisions as the counter puncher against the welterweights in the North American boxing establishment. The Russian is good enough to hang with anyone at 147, but will lose those fights because of his nationality.

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