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17 NOVEMBER 2018

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Beterbiev KO’s Johnson In Seven

By Marc Livitz: Artur Beterbiev scored a seventh round knockout over Alexander Johnson in a light heavyweight contest earlier in Chicago on Friday night. Southpaw Johnson looked to use his right jab in the early going perhaps with the knowledge that his unbeaten opponent originally from Russia came into the ring with a perfect record, all of which came by way of knockout. Alexander tried to use the ring and tied Beterbiev up more than once during the opening three minutes. An overhand right from Artur got the ball rolling just as the second had commenced. The Russian forced his Maryland foe to cover up as he landed successive head and body shot combinations.


As before, Johnson used the clinch to slow the pace. Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KO’s) continued to apply pressure and eventually let his hands fly with precise and accurate punching up high. Johnson landed his first notable punch early in round three. The rest of the round, for the most part belonged to Artur, who continued to stay out of the center of the ring and push the action closer to the ropes. Alexander got off to a fast start in the fourth, yet he quickly slowed down due to the relentless pursuit of his Russian cum Canadian opponent.


Beterbiev began to unload up top on Johnson, who himself had his guard held high and would soon be the first fighter to make it past four rounds with the eastern European pugilist. Johnson began to show the signs of fatigue as the fifth was underway and the bout’s first knockdown occurred about halfway into it as a snapping left jab from Beterbiev caught Johnson squarely on the side of his face. He easily beat the count, yet even his actions of pushing down his opponent’s head did him no good. Artur continued to throw his shots towards Alexander’s chin.


Shortly thereafter and with Johnson’s back to the ropes, Beterbiev landed a crisp left uppercut which was followed by one from the right. The fighter from Maryland briefly slumped backwards into the ropes and another knockdown was registered by referee Mark Nelson. Johnson somehow made his way out of the fifth. He was the aggressor of sorts throughout much of round six, although it seemed to be more a case of his foe taking a three minute breather. About one minute into the next round, Beterbiev connected with a short left hook to the head of Johnson to score his third knockdown of the contest and as previously seen, he beat the count.


However and just moments later, he lost his balance just enough to allow Artur to land solid right hook to the side of his head. Alexander covered up quickly as he rolled down and backwards under the bottom rope. Referee Nelson had seen enough and called the bout to a halt at the 1:38 mark of round seven. Artur Beterbiev kept his perfect record intact with his ninth knockout win in as many bouts, while Alexander Johnson’s fell to (16-3, 7 KO’s).


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