Artur Beterbiev secures an emphatic victory stopping Callum Smith for the first time in his career. Artur seemingly secured the bag that comes with a probable summertime tilt for the undisputed title with Dmitri Bivol in Saudi Arabia. These negotiations, would have gone the way of AJ/Wilder had Beterbiev been beaten by the game Callum Smith.
Beterbiev came out hard to start Round 1. Smith came back mid-round but Artur closed it with good body work. The Champ seemed dominant Round 2. Round 3, Artur pieced Callum up with hard body shots and hurt Smith later in the round.
A prolonged combo mid-round looked like it would drop Callum. Though Mundo stood up to it, he was worse for wear to end the 4th. Artur was there to be hit as long as Smith stayed active. A jab opened a cut on Callum’s eye as the Champ closed strong to secure the round.
A lead right stung Smith to open the 7th. Beterbiev followed up with a 1-2. Callum reruns with a right, a nice hook to the body and a jab. They trade then Smith gets caught with shots on the ropes. He battles back landing a check hook before the bell.
A right hurt Smith in the 8th. Beterbiev follows up with a barrage of strikes to drop Mundo for the first time in his career. Smith beats the count only for Artur to swarm him on the ropes & drop him again. Buddy McGirt stops the fighter.
Though not a done deal, Bob Arum did announce in ring the needed to negotiate with Saudi Arabia to hold the fight after Ramadan. This gives Beterbiev, a devout Muslim, time to prepare for the showdown after the month of fasting and prayer is completed.
20 fights, 20 KO’s. The streak continues for the Lineal Champ. In doing so he created massive buzz for a fight vs Bivol to determine, in the ring, who is the true king of the Light Heavyweights.