Artur Beterbiev Vs. Callum Smith Preliminary And Undercard Live Results, Recaps: Mbilli Targets Canelo As He Stops Murdock After Round Six

Artur Beterbiev takes on Callum Smith as he defends his WBC, WBO and IBF belts in a light heavyweight clash. 

The Russian has a 100 percent knockout rate, knowing a win sets up an undisputed light heavyweight clash with Dmitry Bivol. Both sides have signed for undisputed, putting pressure on Beterbiev to get the win. The Russian has entered the fight with much controversy following his ‘atypical’ VADA findings.

Beterbiev’s blood and urine samples showed human growth hormone and 5D-androstanediol. Further tests were negative as VADA did not deem it a failed test since those substances can grow naturally in the body. Smith will fancy his chances against the 38-year-old, having stopped his last two opponents. The Brit has recovered from his loss to Canelo Alvarez to establish himself in the 175-pound division. A win makes Smith a two-weight world champion following his achievements at 168. 

In chief support, Christian Mbilli faces Rohan Murdock in a super middleweight clash. Mbilli is undefeated with a record of 25-0. A win takes him a step closer to targeting a title shot at 168. Meanwhile, Murdock knows he has a tough task ahead of him. His record stands at 27-19-2, with this by far being his toughest test.

Christian Mbilli vs Rohan Murdock – super middleweight

Christian Mbilli stopped Rohan Murdock after the sixth round with a one-sided win over the Australian.

It was all one-way traffic from the first round as Mbilli unleashed numerous power punches. He connected to the body and head, setting up the fight’s theme. Murdock had to box on the outside for any chance to win, but he dragged himself into an inside fight that only harmed him. Mbilli pressed the action in the third, but Murdock showed his resolve with an outstanding chin.

Although Murdock did land some counters, it was nothing to get Mbilli’s attention as the latter’ knocked out the Australian’s mouthpiece in the fourth. As Murdock’s face bruised up, his corner told him at the end of the fifth the fight would be stopped if he took more damage.

After the sixth round, Murdock’s nose was covered by blood in a damaging round. Murdock’s corner stopped the bout. Mbilli took his record to 26-0 as he targeted Canelo Alvarez

Official Result: Christian Mbilli def. Rohan Murdock who retired after round six

Jason Moloney vs Saul Sanchez – WBO Bantamweight title

Jason Moloney retained his WBO bantamweight title with a majority decision win over Saul Sanchez

The challenger pushed the pace from the off and backed Moloney up against the ropes in the first round. The next round was an even affair, with both fighters landing to the body. Sanchez made Moloney fight on the inside as Moloney sustained a visible cut above his right eye in the third.

Moloney fought back in the next two rounds as both fighters exchanged on the inside. In round six, Sanchez landed a powerful combination to the head that hurt Moloney visibly. The champion returned fire immediately in a competitive first half. In the second half of the fight, both fighters pushed each other.

Sanchez finished round seven strongly, only for Moloney to fight fire with fire by letting his hands go in the ninth. In the championship rounds, Moloney’s face was visibly bruised in the 11th. Both fighters threw their shots in the 12th in a thrilling encounter.

Moloney edged it on the scorecards, but the decision drew some boos from the crowd, given the margin on two of the scorecards: 114-114, 116-112 and 116-112. The champion got the decision, but there is a narrative to run things back. 

Official Result: Jason Moloney def. Saul Sanchez via a majority decision: 114-114, 116-112 and 116-112

Live Results

Imam Khataev def. Michal Ludwiczak via a second-round TKO – light heavyweight

Prelims

Leila Beaudoin def. Elizabeth Espinoza via a unanimous decision: 78-74, 78-74, 77-75

Wilkens Mathieu def. Jose Arias Alvarez via a unanimous decision: 40-36, 40-35, 40-35

Mehmet Unal def. Dragan Lepei def. via a first-round TKO

Christopher Guerrero def. Sergio Herrera via a unanimous decision: 79-73, 78-74, 78-74

Moreno Fendero def. Victor Hugo Flores via a first-round KO

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