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Boxing: Beterbiev knocks down Smith jr in two jumps and snatches the WBO belt

ANDl canadian of russian origin Artur Beterbiev defeated the American Joe Smith jr this Saturday by knockout in two rounds to snatch the light heav


ANDl canadian of russian origin Artur Beterbiev defeated the American Joe Smith jr this Saturday by knockout in two rounds to snatch the light heavyweight belt of the World Organization (WBO).

At Madison Square Garden in New York Beterbiev was a punching machine and only needed 5:19 minutes to take down the persistent Smith jr, whom he dropped to the canvas three times before the match was stopped. Beterbiev already owned the belts of the World Council and the International Federation, to which he added that of the WBO.

Smith jr came out to make a difference with the ‘jab’. In the first minute of the fight he went forward from long distance, but Beterbiev dodged it well with good lateral movements. About to close out the round, he crossed the American with his right hand and caused a protective count.

In the second round, the Canadian went for the opponent, took advantage of his open guard and dropped him in the first minute with a right hand. I sent him back to the mat soon after and kept going, which led the referee to stop the match, at minute 2:19 of the second set.

“It’s about seeing who hit first and I was lucky; now I’m interested in the unification fight,” Beterbiev said in reference to his possible confrontation with Russian Dmitry Bivol, who on May 7 defeated Mexican Sal ‘Canelo by unanimous vote. ‘ Álvarez and retained the title of the World Association.

If confirmed, the duel for the four light heavyweight belts will be the most anticipated in recent times in world boxing. because it will put two undefeated rivals face to face, Bivol with 20 wins in a row, 11 on the fast track, and Beterviev with 18, all by knockout.

this saturday, In the co-main event, the double Cuban Olympic champion gave Puerto Rican Abraham Nova a spectacular knockout. and raised his hand as one of the contenders for the world title at featherweight.

After losing in his professional debut, Ramrez added his tenth consecutive victory, sixth before the limit, in a fight in which he lost the first round, but from then on he hit the best shots until in the fifth he knocked down Nova, who was undefeated in 21 bouts.