Artur Beterbiev ruthlessly demolished Joe Smith Jr inside two rounds at Madison Sq. Backyard so as to add the WBO light-heavyweight title to his IBF and WBC belts.
Beterbiev dropped his opponent 3 times earlier than referee Harvey Dock referred to as a halt to the one-sided contest and confirmed victory for the hard-hitting Russian-born Canadian.
Solely Dmitry Bivol, who holds the WBA model of the light-heavyweight title, now stands in the way in which of a clear sweep of the division for the undefeated 37-year-old.
“I needed to be a superb boxer as we speak,” mentioned Beterbiev, who prolonged his skilled file to 18 knockouts from 18. “That is why I used to be a bit of bit higher than I used to be previously.
“Joe is a bit of bit open and it was simpler for me to get him. It was two fighters who each have a superb punch and each have been making an attempt to get there first.
“This time, I received fortunate and received him first. Unification fights are extra fascinating, extra motivating – I wish to be undisputed.”
Smith, who went into the ring with a 28-3 file, was stopped for less than the second time in his profession as his defence proved insufficient to repel Beterbiev’s energy.
A barrage of heavy proper fingers discovered their mark within the opening spherical, with one sending Smith onto one knee simply earlier than the bell.
Smith sprang again up after taking an identical shot early within the second, however he was then despatched sprawling into the ropes by a left quickly afterwards.
Left and proper uppercuts adopted within the wake of the third knockdown and when Smith was wobbled once more by one other proper that landed on the again of his head, the referee stepped in with 41 seconds remaining within the spherical.