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Long Island boxer Joe Smith KO’d by Artur Beterbiev

Light-heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev knocked out American rival Joe Smith Jr. inside two rounds on Saturday to add the WBO title to his WBC and IBF belts.

The unbeaten 37-year-old -based Russian scored three knockdowns and had Smith in deep trouble with just under a remaining in round two before the fight was stopped.

Beterbiev improves to 18-0 – all by knockout – and can now set his sights on a possible unification fight against Russia’s WBA champion Dmitry Bivol for the undisputed light heavyweight crown.

“Joe is a little bit open, and it was more easy for me to get him,” Beterbiev said afterwards, before turning his attention to the prospect of a fight with Bivol.

Artur Beterbiev punches Joe Smith Jr. during his victory in the men’s lightweight title unification bout.
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“I’ve had two unification fights and unification fights are more interesting,” Beterbiev said.

“I prefer to unify. I want to be undisputed.”

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