Artur Beterbiev knocked out his opponent and defended his world title

Boxing News 14 jan 2024, 02:41
Artur Beterbiev knocked out his opponent and defended his world title Artur Beterbiev knocked out his opponent and defended his world title

Last night, an evening of boxing unfolded, with the headline event featuring a bout for the WBC, IBF, and WBO world titles in the light heavyweight division (up to 79.4 kg) in Quebec, Canada. The defending champion was Artur Beterbiev (19-0, 19 KOs), representing Canada, facing off against the British challenger Callum Smith (29-1, 21 KOs).

Artur commenced the bout with confidence, pressing forward without hesitation, while Smith attempted to find his range with a left hook and threw effective combinations.

However, Beterbiev soon dominated the jab battle, forcing Smith to adjust his style. The British boxer, faced with his opponent's relentless attacks, intensified his defensive maneuvers with slips and dodges.

After Smith decided to engage in a power struggle, he absorbed a series of short but impactful blows, surviving against the ropes. The climax occurred in the seventh round when Callum moved forward, took a counter right hook, and Beterbiev seized the opportunity to pursue him. Smith hit the canvas twice, prompting his trainer to step onto the ring, leading to the referee halting the fight.

Beterbiev successfully defended his title, retaining the WBC, WBO, and IBF light heavyweight world championship belts.

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