Dan Azeez describes Artur Beterbiev's most dangerous skills

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Dan Azeez described just what makes Artur Beterbiev such a difficult opponent.

Azeez is currently the British and Commonwealth light heavyweight champion, while Beterbiev holds the IBF, WBC and WBO strap.

He defeated Anthony Yarde at the weekend to make it 19 knockouts from 19 fights, and while WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman believes that the next clash will be a mandatory defence against Callum Smith, many expect that an undisputed match-up against Dmitry Bivol is on the cards for 2023.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Azeez said: "It was toe to toe, action-packed, I think Yarde can really hold his head high.

"It was a really good fight.

"When [Yarde] landed good shots he didn't try to just jump on him. He pressed at the right time. He tried to take his foot off the gas at the times that he needed to," Azeez added.

"He just got beat by the better guy."

The Briton has sparred Beterbiev in the past, and mentioned some of his best qualities.

"The overhands and the bodywork, those little things, there are small little things that Beterbiev does. I don't think a lot of people give him credit for his actual boxing IQ because obviously he's knocked out everyone," he stated.

"He's got a very intelligent mind in there.

"In sparring as well you'd throw a shot at him and you'd miss by an inch, he's got very good footwork," Azeez added. "He might come across like he's flat-footed but he's actually got good footwork and he knows how to move around the ring.

"It's that punching power, it keeps you jittery and makes you expend more energy than you want to because you know if I'm in too close, I could get tagged. If I make a mistake, I could get tagged. So you're thinking a lot more than you want to, so it's hard.

"As you see when you watch him, when he throws his shots, it doesn't look like he puts too much into it. It's deceiving but there's power behind it."


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