Blake Caparello on Artur Beterbiev training camp

FORMER world title challenger Blake Caparello is fast becoming the go-to-man for quality southpaw sparring.

Caparello, 28, is currently in Montreal, where he has served as a sparring partner for blue chip light heavyweight prospect Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs).

The world-rated Beterbiev faces tricky veteran and former world champion Gabriel Campillo this weekend at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, meaning Caparello will not only be able to witness Beterbiev put in work, but also fellow Aussie Sakio Bika, who battles Adonis Stevenson in the main event.

The Beterbiev camp is the fourth time Caparello has helped prepare a fellow world rated light heavyweight for high-risk fights. The Greenvale-based southpaw has previously been in camp with former lineal light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal twice, as well as Polish workhorse Andrzej Fonfara.

“I went up to Montreal back in 2013 to get some rounds internationally and ever since then this we’ve kept the relationship,” said Caparello in an exclusive interview with Aus-Boxing.

“This is the second time Marc Ramsay has called up to bring me back to help prepare his fighter. The first camp was with Jean Pascal and now Artur Beterbiev.”

“It feels good to know that Marc and his team rate the work they get out of me,” Caparello continued. “I know they rate me more than just a sparring partner,”

The working relationship that Caparello has established with his Canadian connections has certainly helped, given the plethora of world rated fighters that won’t work with each other because of the likelihood of a future fight.

However, with Caparello now campaigning at super middleweight, where he also holds a WBO #11 world rating, that is one obstacle that the Australian and his team have no problem with.

“It helps to have me here, not only because I have a world rating but because most top end guys won’t do work together – because a fight might eventuate – but that is the business side of boxing and both teams are happy to work with each other,”

Along the way, Caparello (20-1-1, 6 KOs) has forged a handful of strong bonds, not only including Marc Ramsay and his fighters, but notorious Canadian boxing identity Russ Anber.

Anber is the CEO of respected boxing apparel company Rival Boxing, while also being a noted wrapper of hands, having worked with several high profile names, most recently WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

“Russ is definitely one of my strong connections here and he also is the owner of Rival Boxing,” Caparello added. “I met Russ back in 2013 when I was in Montreal. I walked into his Rival Boxing Factory to look at his products,”

“We spoke and I mentioned that I was there to spar with Marc Ramsay’s fighters,”

“That’s when my relationship with Marc and Russ first began. I was lucky enough to have my hands wrapped by Russ and he is definitely one of the best hand wrappers in the boxing business.”

With his sparring duties officially over for this camp, Caparello can now focus on his return to the ring. He is scheduled to make his super middleweight debut on May 22nd in Melbourne, after passing on an opportunity to fight on March 20th in favour of the Beterbiev camp.

Caparello firmly believes that the time away will prove beneficial to his next camp, having sparred tens of rounds with some quality operators while in Montreal.

“I was supposed to make my super middleweight debut on March 20th in Melbourne,” Caparello explained. “But instead I went to Canada because my team thought this was an opportunity that we couldn’t miss,”

“This is some of the best quality sparring you will get,”

“I believe that international fighters tend to give you better quality sparring as they have a lot more sparring opportunities compared to what we have back home. There are a lot more fighters out here and a lot more fighters travel to Canada or USA to get that extra quality.”

“I do believe experiences like this will help me grow not only as a fighter but also my reputation,” said Caparello in closing. “Artur Beterbiev has a good reputation as being a beast and not many sparring partners can go with him,”

“Artur has a lot of experience, over 300 amateur fights where as I only had nine so moving around with quality can only make you a better fighter,”

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