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Perpective From New York On Beterbiev Win/Top Rank Undercard

Perpective From New York On Beterbiev Win/Top Rank Undercard
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Perpective From New York On Beterbiev Win/Top Rank Undercard

It was an eye-opening, second round KO by now three-belt, light heavyweight world champ Artur Beterbiev this weekend. This, as he wiped out American Joe Smith, Jr. in a second round KO that still has the 175 lb. division taking notice.

And, we have insight and analysis on all that went on at the Hulu Theater adjacent to Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night.

Welcome to the Fight Freaks Unite recap podcast coming off the weekend. There was just one notable card but it was highly significant as Beterbiev blew away Smith early to unify the WBC/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world titles.

Here’s what we discussed on this episode (in order):

Father’s Day and boxing and the podcast giveaway we’re doing that involves the Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield world heavyweight title rematch 25th anniversary of “Bite Nite” in Las Vegas.

We broke down two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez’s dynamic and stellar knockout victory over unbeaten featherweight Abraham “Super” Nova in the best performance of his career and what might be next for him? Plus, I have insight from having spoken with Nova at the hotel late Saturday night on why the bout may have been so one-sided.

Three prospects from the Beterbiev-Smith undercard who stood out to me are also analyzed: featherweight Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington (and why I compared him to Roy Jones), middleweight and 2020 U.S. Olympian, Troy Isley and junior featherweight, Floyd Diaz.

Then, we talk Beterbiev’s sensational performance against Smith and all kinds of stuff about the bout and future thoughts on why the Dmitry Bivol undisputed fight makes the most sense, but likely won’t be the next bout for the two Russians.

We finally talk the Sunday announcement from Matchroom Boxing that the Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua heavyweight title rematch will take place on Aug. 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. However, some details are still unclear.

Please give it a listen and rate and subscribe as well. Thank you and enjoy!

Since 2000, award-winning reporter Dan Rafael has covered boxing full time and been ringside for thousands of fights, first for five years at USA Today and then for 15 years at ESPN, where he wrote and appeared on various television, radio and streaming programs. In 2013, Dan was honored by the Boxing Writers Association of America with the Nat Fleischer award for career excellence in boxing journalism. Dan brings his great insight to the Big Fight Weekend site, podcast and more!

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