Artur Beterbiev as soon as once more confirmed his dominance, smashing Joe Smith Jr inside two rounds to unify a trio of sunshine heavyweight world titles tonight at New York’s Hulu Theater.
The professional-Smith crowd had been left in just about shocked silence as Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KO) dropped Smith (28-4, 22 KO) late within the first spherical, then 3 times within the second, earlier than the combat was known as off at 2:19 of spherical two.
Smith, 32, was simply by no means given an opportunity to actually get into the combat. He did come near touchdown some massive leather-based within the first spherical, however by no means absolutely obtained there, and the 37-year-old Beterbiev’s technical superiority mixed together with his thudding energy was simply manner an excessive amount of for the robust and courageous Smith to deal with.
And make no mistake: Joe Smith Jr is an effective fighter, got here in with the WBO gentle heavyweight title, and had by no means been dropped not to mention stopped in his profession. This was a mirrored image of how good Beterbiev actually is.
The perfect combat now, in fact, can be a full, undisputed unification towards Dmitry Bivol. The present plan Matchroom have laid out included Bivol returning in September or October, close to Canelo Alvarez’s trilogy combat with Gennadiy Golovkin, to arrange a Bivol vs Canelo rematch in Might 2023.
However Bivol, who has the WBA belt, has stated he desires the undisputed combat badly, and given how little tonight took out of Beterbiev, there’s actually no purpose to totally write off that combat taking place in September or October as issues stand, possibly even November if you need only a bit extra time on the Beterbiev facet. It’s the combat to make at 175 lbs, a transparent No. 1 vs No. 2, whichever order you may have them, or 1-A vs 1-B, no matter. It’s additionally, on paper, a captivating type matchup.
And it’s additionally price noting that Eddie Hearn didn’t totally dismiss the Beterbiev fight as a possibility when he spoke about Bivol’s scenario three weeks in the past. It will require Matchroom and Prime Rank to work collectively, however I feel that may be executed; it’s simply the largest combat Beterbiev may have obtainable, and I feel either side can be very assured of their man.
“I would like just a little bit extra time (to really feel what this implies),” Beterbiev stated. “Proper now, I don’t really feel it. In a few days, I’ll perceive.”
“I wish to be a superb boxer at some point, possibly,” he added. “My coach tells me it’s not far to turn into a superb boxer.”
“Joe is just a little bit open, and it’s straightforward to me to get to him,” he stated. “We’re two fighters who each have a superb punch, and we each tried to land first. This time, I used to be fortunate, I obtained him first. That’s it.”
The opposite combat probably on the desk is WBO obligatory challenger Anthony Yarde, who was in attendance and has stated he’s been informed Beterbiev would go to London for the combat.
“Unification fights are extra attention-grabbing and motivating,” Beterbiev stated. “I would favor to be undisputed.”
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