In a extremely anticipated gentle heavyweight unification showdown, WBC/IBF world champion Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) crushed and dethroned WBO champion Joe Smith Jr. (28-4, 22 KOs) in lower than two rounds on Saturday night time on the Hulu Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis. Smith got here out aggressively, however Beterbiev dropped Smith to a knee on the finish of the primary spherical. Beterbiev completed the demolition by placing Smith down twice in spherical two and leaving referee Harvey Dock no different however to cease it after some extra punishment. Time was 2:19. Beterbiev, boxing’s solely world champion with a one hundred pc knockout ratio, continues his reign of terror within the 175lb division.
Within the post-fight interview, Beterviev acknowledged that he desires to combat for the undisputed gentle heavyweight title towards WBA champion Dmitry Bivol.