Artur Beterbiev rolls on however greatest problem lies forward

A important take a look at the previous week in boxing


Artur Beterbiev – Nineteen knockouts in as {many professional} fights. The final eight in title fights, together with an eighth-round stoppage of Anthony Yarde on Saturday in London. Which means even elite opponents can’t survive towards the 175-pound titleholder. And he’s nonetheless doing it at 38 years previous. All that’s spectacular any approach you take a look at it. Beterbiev isn’t a one-punch knockout artist, a la Deontay Wilder. He’s a wonderful, skilled boxer adept at touchdown heavy, exact punches that break down each the our bodies and can of his foes. Yarde gave a courageous efficiency however merely couldn’t take anymore in the long run, additional proof of Beterbiev’s harmful capability. Is he within the class of Terence Crawford or Naoya Inoue? In all probability not. They’re way more dynamic than he’s. Then once more, if Beterbiev will get the combat he desires – towards Dmitry Bivol – and wins, we would must reevaluate his place among the many finest fighters on this planet.



The tip is close to for Anthony Yarde. James Probability / Getty Photos

Anthony Yarde – The Londoner gave a stable efficiency, which is why he was main on two of the three scorecards after seven rounds. He gave a stalking Beterbiev issues along with his quickness and motion whereas additionally connecting on sufficient punches to impress the judges, which made the combat aggressive. Yarde’s downside was his restricted defensive capability. He merely took too many damaging blows, which led to his demise over time. In different phrases, Yarde (23-3, 22 KOs) wasn’t ok to beat a fighter with Beterbiev’s capability. The place does he go from right here? He in all probability carried out effectively sufficient to get extra alternatives going ahead if he can get a couple of victories beneath his belt. One factor he would possibly wish to think about: Work with a health professional to scale back his bulk. That would improve each his velocity and stamina. Who is aware of? He would possibly find yourself at 168 kilos.



Dmitry Bivol – Beterbiev and Bivol seem like on a collision course for the undisputed championship, assuming competing promotional loyalties may be overcome. Who wins? Bivol. After all, you possibly can’t dismiss Beterbiev’s probabilities for the explanations listed above. He hasn’t stopped all of his opponents accidentally. The issue for Beterbiev is that he hasn’t confronted anybody close to Bivol’s capability. Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Marcus Browne, Joe Smith Jr. and Yarde are good; Bivol is particular, as he demonstrated in his convincing victory over Canelo Alvarez final Could. Alvarez is of course smaller than Beterbiev however he has an identical fashion; he patiently, however inevitably breaks down his opponents to win fights. The Mexican star couldn’t try this towards Bivol due to Bivol’s dimension benefit and superior boxing capability, notably his defensive abilities. After all, Bivol wouldn’t have a dimension benefit over Beterbiev however he’s a significantly better boxer. That may be the distinction within the combat.



Information merchandise: Jake Paul and Tommy Fury have agreed to satisfy on pay-per-view Feb. 26. I wish to say I don’t care one iota as a result of it’s a gimmicky matchup between hucksters who’re more proficient at advertising themselves than really combating. The actual fact is I’m curious. Fury (8-0, 4 KOs) may be the perfect fighter Paul (6-0, 4 KOs) can have confronted. Can Paul land his massive proper hand towards the half brother of Tyson Fury? Or will he meet his match towards a very good athlete with some boxing capability? I’ll be watching to seek out out. What can I say? They obtained me. … Welterweight contender Alexis Rocha (22-1, 14 KOs) delivered a dramatic knockout on Saturday in Inglewood, California, stopping late replacement and naturally smaller George Ashie (33-6-1, 25 KOs) with a proper hook within the seventh spherical. The victory doesn’t imply a lot due to Ashie’s limitations however Rocha did what he got down to do, which was to make an announcement. He’s ranked No. 3 by the WBO, behind solely champion Terence Crawford, Vergil Ortiz and Keith Thurman. Is Rocha within the class of such fighters? I’ll simply say that he hasn’t demonstrated that but. He known as out Crawford after his victory over Ashie. Nothing I noticed on Saturday leads me to consider Rocha can compete with the pound-for-pound king.


Alexis Rocha stops George Ashie with huge hook in Round 7

Artur Beterbiev overcomes spirited effort from Anthony Yarde, keeps KO streak alive

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