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Artur Beterbiev knocks out Marcus Browne in 9th round to retain WBC, IBF light heavyweight titles

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  • Mike CoppingerESPN

Artur Beterbiev’s face was a crimson masks from Round 4 on Friday night time, the results of a conflict of heads, however he would not be deterred. Blood poured freely into his eyes from the gash on his brow, but it surely solely appeared to invigorate Beterbiev.

Beterbiev floored Marcus Browne with a left hook to the physique adopted by a proper hand in Round 7 earlier than ending off the challenger with a collection of physique photographs in Round 9, scoring a knockout victory to retain his WBC and IBF light heavyweight titles on Friday at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

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“I’m comfortable to win,” mentioned Beterbiev, ESPN’s No. 1 boxer at 175 kilos. “We’re prepared for any battle; we’re searching for one of the best. To be one of the best you’ve gotten to beat one of the best.”

And as soon as once more, Beterbiev (17-0, 17 KOs) left little doubt he is the unquestioned ruler of the light heavyweight division. Browne (24-2, 16 KOs) began sturdy by boxing off the again foot and staying out of hurt’s manner, but it surely was solely a matter of time earlier than Beterbiev’s damaging punches met their mark.

After the unintentional head-butt left Browne with a lower over his proper eye and Beterbiev with a gash in between the eyes, the champion sensed the urgency and with good purpose: He was behind on two of three scorecards on the time.

Beterbiev, a 36-year-old native of Russia and resident of Montreal, started to string punches collectively in succession, unloading to the physique and head. With blood pouring down his face and onto his chest, he looped punches round Browne’s gloves and was relentless in his assault.

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Browne, ESPN’s No. 8 light heavyweight, tried to maintain Beterbiev at bay along with his southpaw jab, however resistance was futile. Beterbiev continued to march ahead and let his palms go. He rocked Browne, 31, towards the tip of Round 5 and surprised him once more in the waning moments of the next round.

After the knockdown in Round 7, Browne was now not in a position to evade Beterbiev’s photographs. A body-blow mixture punctuated by a proper uppercut to the pinnacle pressured the Staten Island, New York native to his knees as soon as extra in Round 9, and Browne obtained the depend of 10 earlier than rising to his toes.

With the victory, Beterbiev stays the one champion in boxing with a 100% knockout document. It was simply his second battle since he unified titles with a TKO victory over Oleksandr Gvozdyk in October 2019.

Browne, a 2012 Olympian, has misplaced two of his previous three fights, the opposite a technical resolution to Jean Pascal in August 2019.

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