Via Sam Volz: Teddy Atlas says IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev looks like a “Destroyer” with the way he calmly walked WBO champion Joe Smith Jr to knock him out in two rounds in their unification fight last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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Atlas, who has spent years training boxers, would love to see how two-time undefeated Olympian Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) knocks out a brilliant boxer in Smith (28-4, 22 KOs) , knocking him down three times. before the game was halted in the second half.
Smith continues to receive short punches from Beterbiev, and in deep awareness he should be taking advantage of his abilities by keeping the action on the sidelines. Joe showed up quickly in the first round and mistook Beterbiev’s movements for a sign of fear on his part.
When Smith realized that Betterbiev was using movement to attract him, it was too late. Smith let Beterbiev close, and he chopped him off with powerful shots.
It’s hard to believe its warrior can generate power like Betterbiev inside. Smith seemed to think he had a chance to beat Beterbiev at his own game by trading close, and he paid the price by dropping again and again.
“Smart, efficient and innovative. #Beterbiev-Smith,” said Teddy Atlas Twitterreacting to Artur Beterbiev’s win over Joe Smith Jr. “Beterbiev is like a destroyer, calm, focused and laser-like.
“Beterbiev showed a different side, not just strength and toughness. Atlas said.
Betterbiev’s inside game was out of this world well into this fight, tearing Smith apart.
After the first knockdown in round one, Smith and his team should have adjusted to keep the action in range to prevent Beterbiev from landing or minimize his chances.
Instead of Smith staying outside, he continued to attack Beterbiev at full power at medium to close range. There was one instance in the first round where Smith swung wildly, and that’s how Beterbiev was able to take advantage of the situation to take him down.
“Smith throws the stab from too close where you can counter it, and the punches are too fat. Beterbiev’s skinny/short,‘ Atlas said.
“As I said before the first bell, Beterbiev doesn’t care about the boos or where he fights. He just wanted to fight. Atlas said.
Top Ranked Beterbiev supporters want him to take on Andy Yarde (22-2, 21 KOs) next October in London, England. However, Beterbiev and coach Marc Ramsay enjoyed an undisputed match with 175-lb WBA champion Dmitry Bivol next for all marbles.
“Beterbiev reminds me of the great Marvin Hagler, all business, no frills. Blue-collar approach. Steel lunch box 🥊”
“Punches are worth a thousand words in the world of Betterbiev. If he had a motto, it would be; to take care of business. Bachman – Turner Overdrive may be his favorite band with the song, ‘Care for Business’. ‘ Love his demeanor/approach,” Atlas said.