Artur Beterbiev stops Callum Smith to retain unified title

Beterbiev retains unified light heavyweight titles against Smith live from Québec City, Canada

Artur Beterbiev successfully retained his unified light heavyweight titles against Callum Smith at Videotron Centre in Québec City, Canada on Saturday, January 13. Montreal-based undefeated knockout artist defeated British former super middleweight champion by TKO, twice sending him to the canvas along the way. The fight was stopped at 2 minutes into the seventh round by the challenger’s corner.

Beterbiev made the second successful defense of his WBC, WBO and IBF belts and improved to 20-0, 20 KOs. Post win he said he wanted to face reigning WBA champion Dmitry Bivol for the undisputed title.

Former WBA super middleweight champion Smith dropped to 29-2, 21 KOs. The 33-year-old native of Liverpool, England came up short in conquering a new division.

Artur Beterbiev vs Callum Smith
Callum Smith vs Artur Beterbiev | Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Artur Beterbiev vs Callum Smith
Artur Beterbiev vs Callum Smith | Mikey Williams/Top Rank

In the co-feature, Christian Mbilli (26-0, 22 KOs) of Yaounde, Cameroon defeated Rohan Murdock (27-3, 19 KOs) of Perth, Australia via RTD . The latter’s corner stopped the fight after the sixth round.

With the victory, Montreal-based super middleweight retained his WBC Continental Americas and WBA International belts. In his post-fight interview he said he wanted to fight Canelo Alvarez.

Christian Mbilli vs Rohan Murdock
Christian Mbilli vs Rohan Murdock | Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Christian Mbilli vs Rohan Murdock
Christian Mbilli vs Rohan Murdock | Mikey Williams/Top Rank

On the top of Beterbiev vs Smith prelims, Jason Moloney (27-2, 19 KOs) of Melbourne, Australia made the first successful defense of his WBO bantamweight title against American Saul Sanchez (20-3, 12 KOs) of Encino, California. After 12 rounds the scores were 116-112, 116-112 and 114-114.

Post-fight Moloney said he wanted to bring world championship back to Australia and fight in front of his home country fans.

Jason Moloney vs Saul Sanchez
Jason Moloney vs Saul Sanchez | Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Jason Moloney vs Saul Sanchez
Jason Moloney vs Saul Sanchez | Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Get Beterbiev vs Smith full fight card results.

Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a former Muay Thai fighter, sports manager and editor at FIGHTMAG.

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