Hear the punching power of Artur Beterbiev, as he prepares for a world light heavyweight title defense against Joe Smith Jr and maintain a record of 17 wins and 17 knockouts


You could forgive Joe Smith Jr for being a little nervous ahead of his fight with Artur Beterbiev, given the Russian’s incredible power.

Beterbiev and Smith Jr are set to square off Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in a world light-heavyweight title unification bout.

Beterbiev holds two of four light heavyweight belts
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Hear the punching power of Artur Beterbiev, as he prepares for a world light heavyweight title defense against Joe Smith Jr and maintain a record of 17 wins and 17 knockouts
And his jab has as much power as a fighter’s backhand
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The Russian brings the WBC and IBF titles to the table, while the American holds the WBO strap.

In his 17 fights so far, Beterbiev has 17 wins and 17 knockouts, making him the only active world champion in boxing with a perfect record.

If this clip of Beterbiev training is anything, we can expect another knockout victory this weekend, as footage has emerged of the Russian throwing his punch against a punching bag and it looks like a punch. of fire.

This is about the only time you’ll see Beterbiev use a punching bag, as he’s usually used to much more unorthodox training methods, whether it’s backhand pushups, boxing shadow with a jump rope or flipping a bench press with one hand.

The winner of Beterbiev vs. Smith Jr will have a number of options at his disposal, with the most obvious matchup against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol for the undisputed crown at 175 pounds.

There are also a number of Brits who want to try their luck against the champion, with Anthony Yarde ranked No. 1 with the WBO and Joshua Buatsi also expressing an interest in fighting Beterbiev.

Buatsi’s trainer, Virgil Hunter, however, is clearly aware of the champion’s devastating power and is therefore less enthusiastic about the fight, as when asked about the potential clash, he replies: “Why? Do you want to have brain damage? »

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