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Beterbiev wins IBF belt



Artur Beterbiev won on a 12th-round stoppage over Enrico Koelling to claim the vacant IBF light-heavyweight belt at the Save Mart Centre in Fresno, California, on Saturday night.

Beterbiev dominated from the opening bell as Koelling tried to slow the fight down.

However, Beterbiev was just too strong for Koelling, before sending him down on two occasions in the last round to once again win inside the distance. Time was 2:33.

Beterbiev improved his record to 12-0; 12, and Koelling’s record dropped to 23-2; 6.

JACOBS TAKES UNANIMOUS DECISION

Former WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (33-2; 29) scored a unanimous 12-round points decision over previously unbeaten Luis Arias ()18-1; 9 at Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on Saturday night.

Jacobs was in control throughout and scored a knockdown in the 11th round when Arias’ glove touched the canvas.

The scores were 120-107, 119-108 and 118-109.

SMITH WINS WBO ELIMINATOR

In a WBO junior-middleweight title eliminator, former world champion Liam Smith (26-1-1; 14) scored a 12-round majority points decision over Liam Williams (16-2-1; 11) at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, on Saturday night. .

The scores were 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114.

This was a re-match, with Smith winning the first fight on a stoppage due to a cut.

TAYLOR STOPS VAZQUEZ IN NINE

Scotland’s Commonwealth junior-welterweight champion Josh Taylor (11-0; 10) won on a ninth-round knockout over Mexico’s former IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (39-6; 15) to take the WBC silver junior-welterweight title at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh on Saturday night.



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