Artur Beterbiev stops Joe Smith Jr inside two rounds to win world light-heavyweight unification bout

Artur Beterbiev ruthlessly demolished Joe Smith Jr inside two rounds at Madison Square Garden to add the WBO light-heavyweight title to his IBF and WBC belts.

Beterbiev dropped his opponent 3 times earlier than referee Harvey Dock referred to as a halt to the one-sided contest and confirmed victory for the hard-hitting Russian-born Canadian.

Only Dmitry Bivol, who holds the WBA model of the light-heavyweight title, now stands in the best way of a clear sweep of the division for the undefeated 37-year-old.

“I wanted to be a good boxer today,” mentioned Beterbiev, who prolonged his skilled document to 18 knockouts from 18. “That’s why I was a little bit better than I was in the past.

“Joe is just a little bit open and it was simpler for me to get him. It was two fighters who each have a very good punch and each have been making an attempt to get there first.

Joe Smith Jr was unable to stand up to Beterbiev's energy

“This time, I got lucky and got him first. Unification fights are more interesting, more motivating – I want to be undisputed.”

Smith, who went into the ring with a 28-3 document, was stopped for less than the second time in his profession as his defence proved insufficient to repel Beterbiev’s energy.

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A barrage of heavy proper fingers discovered their mark within the opening spherical, with one sending Smith onto one knee simply earlier than the bell.

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Artur Beterbiev says he needs to develop into undisputed and face WBA world champion Dmitry Bivol subsequent.

Smith sprang again up after taking an identical shot early within the second, however he was then despatched sprawling into the ropes by a left quickly afterwards.

Left and proper uppercuts adopted within the wake of the third knockdown and when Smith was wobbled once more by one other proper that landed on the again of his head, the referee stepped in with 41 seconds remaining within the spherical.


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