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Beterbiev vs Smith full fight video highlights and results

Beterbiev vs Smith full fight video highlights and results

Artur Beterbiev once again showed his dominance, crushing Joe Smith Jr inside two rounds to unify a trio of world light heavyweight titles tonight at New York’s Hulu Theater.

The pro-Smith crowd was left in pretty much stunned silence as Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) dropped Smith (28-4, 22 KOs) at the end of the first round, then three times in the second , before the fight is called. off at 2:19 of round two.

Smith, 32, just never had the chance to really get into the fight. He nearly landed some big leather in the first round, but never quite got there, and the 37-year-old Beterbiev’s technical superiority combined with his punching power was just too much for the tough and brave to handle. Smith.

And make no mistake: Joe Smith Jr is a good fighter, came in with the WBO light heavyweight title and has never been given up let alone stopped in his career. It was a reflection of the quality of Beterbiev.

The ideal fight now, of course, would be complete and undisputed unification against Dmitry Bivol. The current plan Matchroom outlined included Bivol returning in September or October, near Canelo Alvarez’s trilogy fight with Gennadiy Golovkin, to set up a Bivol vs Canelo rematch in May 2023.

But Bivol, who has the WBA belt, said he really wants the fight undisputed, and given how little Beterbiev got away with tonight, there’s really no reason to call off this upcoming fight altogether. takes place in September or October as things stand, maybe even November. if you just want a little more time on Beterbiev’s side. This is the fight to make at 175 pounds, a clear No. 1 vs. No. 2, whatever order you have them in, or 1-A vs. 1-B, whatever. It’s also, on paper, a fascinating style match.

And it’s also worth noting that Eddie Hearn didn’t totally discount the Beterbiev fight as a possibility when he spoke about the Bivol situation three weeks ago. Matchroom and Top Rank would have to work together, but I think it can be done; this is by far the biggest fight Beterbiev will have at his disposal, and I think both teams would be very confident in their guy.

“I need a little more time (to feel what this means),” Beterbiev said. “Right now, I don’t feel it. In a few days, I will understand.

“I want to be a good boxer one day, maybe,” he added. “My trainer tells me that it’s not far to become a good boxer.”

“Joe is a bit open, and it’s easy for me to reach him,” he said. “We’re two fighters who both have a good punch, and we both tried to land first. This time I was lucky, I got it first. That’s it.”

The other fight potentially on the table is WBO mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde, who was in attendance and said he was told Beterbiev would go to London for the fight.

“Unification fights are more interesting and motivating,” Beterbiev said. “I’d rather be unchallenged.”

Highlights of Beterbiev vs. Smith

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