On Saturday, November 30th, Alexander Besputin (13-0, 9KOs) will meet Radzhab “The Python” Butaev (12-0, 9KOs) at the Casino de Monte Carlo in Poland. They will be fighting for the vacant Regular WBA Welterweight title. Both of these former Russian amateur standouts are at similar stages in their career and we should be in for a real treat.
Besputin is a 27 year old fast rising contender in the welterweight rankings. He sports a very fan friendly style, making it easy for casual fans to get behind him. He likes to come forward and attack, instead of waiting to counter. He has dangerous power, to go along with solid technical ability, and aggressive southpaw style. He has a solid resume so far, having fought a lot in the amateurs already and there being no need to have him fight 10-15 tomato cans before he was ready for a step up. This is a true challenge for him, and it’s not the type of fight we get to see very often these days.
25 year old Butaev was also a Russian amateur standout. He qualified for the 2016 olympic games in Brazil, but he passed on the opportunity to turn pro. He also has an action packed type style, with the mentality of always wanting the knockout, but in this fight he’s probably going to get countered doing that. Hopefully he has practiced some patience in his fight camp for Besputin. Butaev, like Besputin has very good punching power, he’s quick, he can take a punch, and he’s able to change tactics mid round to confuse his opponents and force them to open up.
This is should be action packed, two guys going toe to toe for 12 rounds type of fight. It’s close to call. Both of these guys do a lot of things well and while it’s hard to pick here, I’m leaning towards Alexander Besputin. Butaev always seems to be overly focused on the knockout, too focused. In a big step up fight, on a card where the lights are shining bright, he’s going to want to make a big statement, now more than ever. He owns height and reach advantages over Besputin but I think he over commits on some punches in key rounds and gets battered with counters. He has shown that he has a great chin, so I don’t think Besputin knocks him out.
My Prediction: Besputin by close decision.
The fight will be shown on DAZN in the US, and on Sky Sports in the UK. The ring walk for the main event is estimated to be at 4:00PM ET. The card is slated to start at 12:00PM ET.