Beterbiev knocks out Koelling in 12th for IBF title

The 32-year-old Beterbiev systematically dismantled underdog Koelling over 12 rounds, finishing him off with a right hook to the head with 27 seconds left in front of a crowd of 18,800 at the Fresno State University arena. He knocked Koelling down for the first time in the fight earlier in the round but the 27-year-old German was able to continue after an eight count from the referee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBeterbiev improved to a career record of 12-0 with 12 knockouts after just his second pro fight outside of Canada, where he trains.Beterbiev had over 300 fights in an impressive amateur career that included two victories over former light heavyweight champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. As a pro, Beterbiev had only been past four rounds once when he was pushed to the seventh round by Alexander Johnson in 2015. Koelling landed very few good punches in the one-sided fight but he can find solace in becoming the first fighter to survive into the 12th round with Beterbiev who some call the best pure puncher in boxing today.With his first world title in hand there are some who now feel the two-time Russian Olympian is on the verge of finally fulfilling the lofty expectations he had coming out of the amateur ranks.Beterbiev moved to Montreal when he turned pro and signed a contract with promoter Yvon Michel. Beterbiev and Michel are now embroiled contract dispute which is in the Canadian courts.This was just the second career loss for Koelling who had won seven in a row since a 2015 defeat on points to Italian Mirco Ricci.ADVERTISEMENT Koelling (23-2) was hoping to become the first German to win a world title in the US since Max Schmeling won the NBA — now the World Boxing Association — world heavyweight title at Yankee Stadium, New York, in June 1930.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Chot Reyes blasts Gilas after loss to Alab in tuneup Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments FILE PHOTO – Arthur Beterbiev defeats Gabriel Campillo by knockout during the co-main event light heavyweight bout at Pepsi Coliseum on April 4, 2015 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFPRussian boxer Artur Beterbiev claimed his first world title belt on Saturday with a 12th round knockout of Enrico Koelling in a battle for the vacant IBF light heavyweight crown.The undefeated Beterbiev recorded his 12th straight knockout but he had to go past seven rounds for the first time in his career to get the 175-pound belt.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson

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