WBC and IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev defeated American Marcus Brown in a duel in Montreal, Canada. MK-Sport talks about the course of the meeting, in which the Russian was faced with an unpleasant injury.
Another Russian light heavyweight Dmitry Bivol successfully defended his title a week ago . The WBA belt holder in the confrontation with Umar Salamov looked much better than in the fight he had in May against the Briton Craig Richards . A similar transformation was expected from Beterbiev. In the March duel with Adam Dines, he did not show all his capabilities, but now he had to be in the best condition.
Former rivals of the Russian boxer gave the victory to Beterbiev over Brown in advance. And with a knockout at the equator of the fight. However, the beginning of the meeting turned out to be competitive. The Russian did not rush forward, and Brown was a little chaotic, but fairly free to shoot from a long distance. Basically, Markus worked on defense, but in activity he was superior to the opponent.
In the fourth round, Beterbiev had a dangerous cut over his left eye, which gave the American additional strength. In exchange, he began to frankly lose to Arthur, earning his own cut, less dangerous than that of Beterbiev, because the Russian’s face was covered in blood.
Before the fifth round, both athletes were examined by a doctor and allowed to continue the meeting. Arthur could not help but understand that his injury could lead to withdrawal from the fight, so he began to beat his opponent with renewed vigor. Brown survived the monstrous attacks that continued throughout the next round.
Beterbiev’s work bore fruit in the seventh round. After another protracted attack, Marcus was forced to squat on one knee. He continued the meeting, but already began to stagnate much more often, and practically did not respond to the attacks of the Russian.
In the eighth round, Arthur took a break, and in the ninth he went to finish the work. Once again, Brown missed a series of punches and dropped to one knee. Referee Michael Griffin counted the knockdown, but did not see Marcus’s desire to continue the fight. Arthur broke his opponent and won the 17th early career victory.
Unlike other members of the light heavyweight division, Arthur has the most pleasant alignment. He can easily fight in Yekaterinburg against Dmitry Bivol, and also his promoter Bob Arum can bring two of his boxers – Beterbiev and Joe Smith , who has yet to defend the WBO belt against Callum Johnson on January 15.
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