DeGuardia: I Believe Joe Smith Has Better One-Punch Knockout Power Than Beterbiev
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Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr will unify three 175 lb titles on ESPN tonight!
By Scott Christ and Wil Esco Jun 18, 2022, 3:02am EDT 9 Comments
Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr will unify three 175 lb titles on ESPN tonight! Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images
Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr are set to unify a trio of light heavyweight titles tonight on ESPN, in what promises to be a hard-hitting main event.
In the night’s co-feature, Robeisy Ramirez will face Abraham Nova in a good featherweight matchup set for 10 rounds, and there will also be prelims on ESPN+ featuring notable Top Rank prospects Jahi Tucker, Troy Isley, Bruce Carrington, Floyd Diaz, and more.
The unbeaten IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion has knocked out every opponent in 17 professional fights. The Russian-born, Montreal-based Beterbiev also is the only world champion in boxing with a 100-percent knockout ratio and tends to finish fighters once he hurts them.
According to Joe Smith Jr.’s longtime promoter, however, Beterbiev won’t be the most dangerous puncher in the ring Saturday night at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York.
“I believe that Joe has better one-punch knockout power than Beterbiev,” Joe DeGuardia told BoxingScene.com. “I think Beterbiev can punch. He has beautiful, nice, straight, short punches, and has wonderful combinations and tremendous pinpoint accuracy in his punching. But I think that Joe, in terms of pure punching power, is a better puncher.”