Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs) showed off his top notch punching power in quickly knocking out the visiting Argentinian slugger Isidro Ranoni Prieto (26-2-3, 22 KOs) in round 1 on Friday night to win the vacant World Boxing Council Silver 175lb title at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.
Prieto at least tried to make a fight of it, as he came out quickly at the start of the fight in throwing nice long power shots to the head of Beterbiev. Things turned sour for Prieto just 30 seconds into the fight when Beterbiev knocked him down with a beautiful right hand that bounced off his forehead.
Prieto went down hard with his back crashing into the canvas with a loud thud. It took until the count of seven before Prieto was able to get himself up off the canvas. His right eye was already swollen from the right hand that Beterbiev had him with. After the fight action was restarted, Beterbiev came forward and hurt Prieto with a right hand. He stayed up, but he didn’t look good at all.
You could tell that Prieto was not going to be able to make it out of the round without Beterbiev letting him. Beterbiev wasn’t going to let Prieto off the hook though, as he hit him with a left hook that caused both of his legs to shutter. Prieto backed up to the ropes and was hit with a left hook that caused him to hang on the ropes.
The referee could have called it a knockdown at that point, because Prieto was being held up by the ropes. Unfortunately for Prieto, the referee didn’t stop the action, and he was hit hard by a right hand from Beterbiev and then finally a big left hook that put Prieto down for the second time in the fight. The bout was then stopped by referee.
This was a special victory for Beterbiev, considering it was one of the best opponents he’s faced since he turned pro three years ago. Prieto had only been beaten once in his career, and that was a 12 round unanimous decision loss to No.1 WBC Eleider Alvarez in 2015.
The way that Beterbiev was able to effortlessly knockout Prieto shows what kind of talent he has going for him. You can argue that Beterbiev is the best contender in the light heavyweight division right now. He looks better than Alvarez, Joe Smith Jr. and Oleksandr Gvozdyk.