Beterbiev TKOs Maderna – results
(Photo Credit: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions) By Eric Baldwin: #2 IBF, #4 WBA, #4 WBC, #7 WBO 175lb contender Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) looked strong tonight in stopping his tune-up opponent Ezequiel “El Olympico” Maderna (23-3, 15 KOs) in round four in a scheduled 12 round fight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Well known fighters Jean Pascal and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson were both in attendance to watch the 31-year-old Beterbiev dispatch Maderna.
This was supposed to be a competitive fight, but it turned out to be a mismatch. Maderna looked afraid after getting hit with some hard shots in the first couple of rounds by Beterbiev. In the 3rd, Maderna was dropped hard from a right hand. After Maderna got up, Beterbiev rushed him and dropped him with a combination to the head.
It looked like Maderna was folding too easily because the shots that knocked him down for the second knockdown didn’t look that hard. At the start of round four, Beterbiev knocked Maderna down once again with a hard head shot. Moments later, Beterbiev dropped Maderna for the fourth and final time in the fight. Maderna’s corner then let the referee know they wanted the fight stopped by throwing in the towel.
Maderna didn’t have the defense to stand in front of Beterbiev in this fight. Maderna tried to move frequently in each round to get away from Beterbiev, but he didn’t have the mobility to keep out of range. That was Maderna’s biggest problem. He’s not naturally mobile fighter, so he was going to have problems in this fight no matter what. Maderna wasn’t clinching the way some fighters do when they’re facing someone that they can’t compete with. Maderna was moving around and getting caught by Beterbiev, who did a great job of cutting off the ring.
Beterbiev’s punching power looked first rate in this fight. Maderna was having problems taking Beterbiev’s powerful clubbing shots from the first round. Maderna tried to initially stand and fight Beterbiev early on in round one. However, once he got a taste of his punching power, he seemed to understand that he would be better off if he stayed on the move for as long as he could.
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Oscar Rivas (19-0, 14 KOs) made short work of Jeremy Bates (26-18-1, 22 KOs) in defeating the journeyman fighter in a 1st round knockout. The fight was halted at 1:47 of the 1st round.
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