Valery Sharifulin/TASS

Valery Sharifulin/TASS

On the night from Saturday to Sunday, at the legendary Madison Square Garden arena, a boxing tournament was held, in the main fight of which the WBC and IBF light heavyweight champion, Russian Artur Beterbiev, and WBO title holder, American Joe Smith Jr., met.

The 37-year-old Beterbiev, who had not suffered a single defeat in his professional career, was considered the favorite of the fight, but Smith was considered a dangerous opponent, capable of deciding the outcome of the fight ahead of schedule.

I wondered what tactics Smith would come up with. The American already in the starting round decided to make a felling, for which he paid the price. In the first round, Beterbiev defended more, responding with tight punches, one of which sent the opponent to the floor of the ring at the very end of the round. Smith was able to continue the fight.

At half-time in the American’s corner, coaches warned him not to throw himself desperately at Beterbiev, but Smith clearly didn’t heed that. He literally rushed to the Russian, but quickly missed and was knocked down again. But even after that, Smith did not change tactics – and fell again. It became clear that the fight would not last long. And after another knockdown, the referee stopped the beating of the American.

For Beterbiev, this is the 18th early victory in 18 fights. He now owns three belts. After the fight, the champion announced his intention to unify all light heavyweight titles. Will another Russian champion Dmitry Bivol accept his challenge?

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