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The beast from the east swept over the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on SaturdayContinue Reading

The beast from the east swept over the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night causing devastation to the unification hopes of WBO champion Joe Smith Jr. (28-4, 22 KOs) who wilted under the pressure in less that two rounds against WBC/IBF world champion Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs).

Giving us another display of beautiful brutality, Beterbiev met the aggression of Smith with power, dropping Smith to a knee at the end of the first before ending matters in the second courtesy of another couple of knockdowns. Luckily referee Harvey Dock had the good sense to stop the fight theresfter, thus saving Smith for another day with the time at 2:19.

“My coach told me it’s not too far until I become a good boxer,” Beterbiev said. “Joe’s a little bit open, and it was more easy for me to get him. {Both of us} have a good punch, and both tried to {connect} first. I’m lucky that I was first.”

All eyes now turn to the mouth watering contest of Beterbiev vs. Bivol, a matchup which is relished by the unified champion over a rematch with Anthony Yarde.

“Unification fights are more interesting, more motivating,” Beterbiev said. “I prefer unification fight. I want to be undisputed.”

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (10-1, 6 KOs) landed himself the USBA and WBO Global featherweight titles with a sensational fifth round stoppage of previously unbeaten Abraham Nova (21-1, 15 KOs).

Ramirez showcased his superior skill set , outclassing Nova before a perfectly placed left hand put an end to proceedings.

“It was all about the strategy,” said Ramirez afterward. “I’m blessed to work with Ismael Salas, who is a genius in my corner. It really was about setting up that shot. If you watch the fight, it was about working, tapping the body until that opening was created. I knew he was dangerous, so I had to be careful, but when I saw my opening, I took it and I finished the fight.”

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