WBC and IBF light-heavyweight king Artur Beterbiev will finally make his Russian homecoming in a title defence against German challenger Adam Deines at the Megasport Arena in Moscow on March 20.

Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) has never fought professionally in the land of his birth, competing in Canada and America whilst striking up a reputation as one of the most feared punchers in the sport.

The bout with Deines (19-1-1, 10 KOs) has been postponed twice previously after the Russian champion suffered a rib injury and later contracted Covid-19, scotching fight dates last October and in January. The third time will hopefully be the charm.

“At long last, Artur Beterbiev will defend his world titles as he looks to kick off his 2021 campaign in devastating fashion,” said Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum. “We have big plans for Artur, but he must first take care of business in Moscow.”

Beterbiev added, “I am excited to finally have a date for the fight. Now that Covid-19 and the injury are behind me, I am able to prepare well and put on a great show for boxing fans.”