After nearly 18 months, WBC/IBF light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev [15-0, 15 KOs] will make his first title defense as a unified world champion Saturday against Adam Deines [19-1-1, 10 KOs] from Megasport Arena in Moscow.

Beterbiev, boxing’s only world champion with a 100 percent knockout rate, returns to his home country for the first time as a professional.

Deines, who resides in Germany, has won a pair of bouts since the lone loss of his career.

Meanwhile, the Russian [Beterbiev] had this to say before his showdown against Deines:

“It’s been a difficult year for everyone. Now, I’m feeling good. I had a very good preparation, very good camp in Russia. We’re ready for a fight.”

“I’m very happy to have a fight in my home country. We studied Adam. We watched some videos. We have a couple of strategies.”

“You never hear predictions from me. I’m a simple boxer. I’m not like Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali can say, I’ll knock him out in eight rounds, or 10 rounds, but I’m not like this. I’m focused on doing my best.”