Beterbiev hit Smith on the back of the head, but we warned the referee – promoter


Joe DeGuardia, promoter of the American ex-world light heavyweight champion (up to 79.4 kg) Joe Smith Jr. (28-4, 22 KOs), spoke about the defeat that his ward suffered from Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) ) from Canada.

Recall, June 19 in New York (USA) Beterbiev stopped Smith in the second round. As per order — vRING report.

According to Joe, Arthur didn’t do it cleanly. Although the losers, apparently, have no claims against him.

“I have never seen Joe so shocked. And, of course, I give Beterbiev his due. He is a real fighter, skillful and accurate,” said Deguardia. “But we spoke to the referee before the fight. We didn’t like the idea of ​​hitting the back of the head and we focused on it (referee). However, I saw that the last blow in the battle was delivered to the back of the head. And I’ve seen a few of the same hits before. I know that once the referee warned him. But, again, nothing can be taken away from Beterbiev. He’s a great fighter.”

“Before the fight, we knew that there would be two punchers in the ring, which means everything could end quickly,” the promoter emphasized. – Many analysts quite rightly said that the first accurate and correct hit can predetermine the entire fight. That is exactly what happened. I think if Joe had been hit by one of his bombs it would have been a different story. But Beterbiev got in. That’s all”.

Konstantin Tszyu also commented on Beterbiev’s victory over Smith.

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