Artur Beterbiev (17-0, 17 KOs) retained his 100% knockout ratio and the WBC & IBF Light-Heavyweight world titles against a Marcus Browne. The fight ended with a ninth round KO for the Beterbiev in a bloody fight due to a big cut he suffered on the forehead.
Browne appeared to win the majority of the early rounds with a sharp jab and his footwork. In the fourth round, there was a clash of heads that caused a nasty cut on the forehead of Beterbiev and over the right eye of Browne.
Beterbiev began to take over midway, as Browne continued to work his jab onto the forehead of Beterbiev. The cut was deep and there was much blood flowing down into his face.
In the seventh round Beterbiev was finally able to drop Browne with a left hook body shot and right hand to head. The American bravely fought on as it appeared evident that Beterbiev was beginning to punish him with heavy punches.
In the ninth round, Browne was backed up against the ropes and Beterbiev landed a variety of heavy punches before a left uppercut dropped the American to his knees. Referee Michael Griffin gave a count but decided to wave off the constest.
Post fight, Andre Ward tweeted that Beterbiev looked “Beatable” –
“I don’t know if it’s his age or the layoffs…but Beterbiev saw a lot of shots that he could not get off tonight. You will see more guys trying to fight him now ” And
“Beterbiev looks very beatable tonight”
️Did Beterbiev deliberately decide to look bad or not as good, so rivals will be more eager to fight him next OR did Browne expose holes in Beterbiev game