With Canelo and GGG confiirming their Trilogy this week, we take a look back at a Trilogy fight that took place back in the amateurs between unified light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev and unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
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Beterbiev and Usyk first met in 2007 where they represented their countries in the Amber gloves tournament. Beterbiev came out on top. 4 years later, their paths crossed again, this time in then 2011 AIBA World Championship quarter finals. Usyk was the victor in this rematch, and went on to win the championships at heavyweight.
The decider of the Trilogy came at the pinnacle of amateur boxing and was contested at the 2012 London Olympic games. Beterbiev and Usyk met in the quarter finals. After a tremendous battle, Usyk was declared the winner. Usyk went on to win a Gold medal at the games, after defeating Clemente Russo in the final.
Usyk vs Beterbiev in their third and final bout in the amateurs at the 2012 Olympics. #boxing#boxeopic.twitter.com/Lhkxnq8dze
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Both men remain undefeated in their pro career, with Beterbiev holding the IBF and WBC world titles in the light heavyweight division. Usyk previously cleaned up the cruiserweight division, becoming undisputed champion, winning the World Boxing Super Series and fighting all comers on their territory. Usyk then dared to be great and moved to heavyweight, and unseated champion Anthony Joshua to win the WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles.
Beterbiev is set to fight WBO light heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr on June 18th, as he looks to move closer to undisputed glory. Usyk looks set to rematch Anthony Joshua next, with Joshua looking to recapture his titles.
If Beterbiev and Usyk met again at a catchweight, who do you believe would win?