Heavy-hitting Artur Beterbiev earned an emphatic first-round knockout against Isidro Ranoni Prieto at the Lac Leamy Casino in Quebec. The unbeaten Russian stretched his record to 11-0, with all of those wins coming via stoppage.
Prieto began the fight looking to establish a jab but was sent to the canvas early on when caught with a straight hook down the middle. The Paraguayan was wobbled shortly after when Beterbiev landed a double jab and a barrage of blows to end the fight at 2 minutes, 44 seconds of the opening session.
Beterbiev has displayed immense power so far in his career and will be targeting a Light-Heavyweight World Title shot in 2017.
Unbeaten knockout-artist Artur Beterbiev is back in action on December 23rd when he faces Isidro Ranoni Prieto in Quebec, live on BoxNation.
The Light-Heavyweight, who has 10 knockouts from all 10 of his professional contests, was sidelined for a year from June 2015 due to an injury to his right shoulder which required surgery.
In his first comeback fight in June of this year he stopped Argentina’s Ezequiel Maderna in brutal fashion after four knockdowns in as many rounds.
Beterbiev, who fights out of his adopted hometown of Montreal, now faces Prieto (26-1-3, 22 KOs) at The Casino du Lac Leamy in Gatineau.
Prieto has only lost once, dropping a unanimous decision to undefeated Eleider Alvarez, a promotional stablemate of Beterbiev, in August 2015. Since that loss the 30-year-old Paraguayan has two knockout wins on the bounce but faces a tough task to stop his next opponent.
Beterbiev is a two-time Olympian and won the 2009 World Amateur Championships. He also beat Sergey Kovalev in the unpaid ranks, the former WBO, WBA and IBF ruler.
Since turning pro his best wins have come over Tavoris Cloud and Gabriel Campillo, and prior to picking up his injury the Russian-born 31-year-old was due to fight in a World Title eliminator.
Now Beterbiev will be looking to deliver a Christmas cracker in Quebec to finally earn himself a Light-Heavyweight World Title contest, possibly against his countryman Kovalev further down the line.