Artur Beterbiev vs Callum Smith LIVE: Latest boxing fight updates and results tonight

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Artur Beterbiev defends his unified light heavyweight titles against Callum Smith tonight as the pair clash in Quebec City.

Beterbiev has a stunning record of 19-0 with 19 knockouts, while Smith’s only pro defeat came against Saul “Canelo Alvarez” in 2020. This week it was revealed that Russian Beterbiev, who fights out of Canada, has signed to fight fellow countryman Dmitry Bivol. in Saudi Arabia this year, but that unification fight depends on whether the 38-year-old beats Smith tonight.

Smith (29-1, 21 KOs) is a former super-middleweight world champion, and the Liverpudlian’s power has continued since moving up in weight in 2021. Tonight, the 33-year-old will test that strength against one of the hardest hitters in boxing.

The fight will go ahead following this week’s revelation that Beterbiev returned an ‘atypical’ drug test result in December, with the Russian since cleared to fight after testing negative. If Beterbiev had returned an ‘unfavorable’ test result, the fight might have been threatened. According to a report by Kevin Iole: “Beterbiev had received atypical findings for human growth hormone (HGH) and 5D-androstanediol. Both occur naturally in the body.”

Follow live updates and results from Beterbiev vs Smith and the undercard fights below.

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Beterbiev vs. Smith LIVE: Christian Mbilli vs. Rohan Murdock

Next up is 10 rounds between Christian Mbilli and Rohan Murdock at super-middleweight.

Then? It should be time for Artur Beterbiev vs. Callum Smith…

Alex PattelJanuary 14, 2024 2:57 AM

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Beterbiev vs. Smith LIVE: Jason Moloney vs. Saul Sanchez

Compubox stats have Sanchez landing more punches and with greater accuracy – although not much in them.

And we get to the judges’ scorecards…

Jason Moloney def. Saul Sánchez via majority decision (114-114, 116-112, 116-112).

Lots of boos in the arena! Sánchez looks discouraged. It was such a close fight, but… Indysport felt Sánchez starting to pull away towards the end of the fight.

A brilliant fight, and Moloney will be so relieved to have heard ‘AND STILL’ WBO bantamweight champion.

Alex PattelJanuary 14, 2024 02:51

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Beterbiev vs. Smith LIVE: Jason Moloney vs. Saul Sanchez

This one could really go either way. Every man will feel like he needs this round, just in case; so many of the rounds were so close.

Good timing from Moloney to avoid some wild shots from Sanchez and land some clean straights. The bantamweights hold each other down and dig in with body shots.

They are separated, but soon reconnect. Once again they get separated and start firing shots as the crowd in Quebec City roars them!

It looks like Sánchez is holding out purely because he’s leaning on Moloney! OH! But somehow he produces a blistering barrage as the bell approaches!

And it sounds. A war. Credits to both men.

Alex PattelJanuary 14, 2024 02:46

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Beterbiev vs. Smith LIVE: Jason Moloney vs. Saul Sanchez

On to the championship rounds. Moloney appears to be coming out on the front foot.

Nice jab and hook from the champion, but he then runs into a hard shot. A left hook now almost lands for Sánchez.

By the way, it’s impossible to keep track of every punch here, such is the output of both men. Warriors.

They cling for a moment, as if trying to gain some time to catch their breath. Uppercut for Moloney, hook for Sanchez, who then throws more shots.

Lots of straight punches on point for both men. Oh, Sánchez stumbles mightily… Yet he is able to control himself and unleash a barrage on Moloney, who does the same – at the same time!

We’re only two weeks into 2024, but this one feels like a contender for fight of the year!

Alex PattelJanuary 14, 2024 02:42

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Beterbiev vs. Smith LIVE: Jason Moloney vs. Saul Sanchez

Three more rounds! Teasing right cross and left uppercut from Sánchez. Moloney backs him up but eats an uppercut to the body for his troubles.

Sharp jabs from Sanchez, who looked better and better as the fight went on.

Brutal work from both men at close range as they lean on each other. Great accuracy from Sanchez – clean amid the chaos.

Moloney with a rapid fire combo to the head.

Alex PattelJanuary 14, 2024 02:37

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Beterbiev vs. Smith LIVE: Jason Moloney vs. Saul Sanchez

Good spell from Sanchez, whose speed is still intact at this point of the fight as he unfurls a flurry of hooks.

However, Moloney fires back, supports Sánchez against the ropes and bombards him with short shots.

Alex PattelJanuary 14, 2024 02:33

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Beterbiev vs. Smith LIVE: Jason Moloney vs. Saul Sanchez

Nice jab work from Sanchez, who then gestures to the referee and calls for a low blow from Moloney. Nothing there.

Each bantamweight puts a hook into the other’s body. This fight was fought at such a high pace.

Nice right uppercut from Moloney, leaning off the center line to open the angle for it.

He supports Sánchez against the ropes, but Sánchez won’t stay there long.

Grazing hook by the American as he tries to regain some momentum.

Alex PattelJanuary 14, 2024 02:29

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Beterbiev vs. Smith LIVE: Jason Moloney vs. Saul Sanchez

Straight to the body, left hook to the head from Moloney. It’s a smart strike, the left hand shaving off the top of Sánchez’s head.

Nice right hook from Sanchez as Moloney ducks down. And again. Back comes Moloney with an uppercut, but Sánchez just grins at him.

Clean one-two from Sanchez, who then trips Moloney into the ropes with a right hook. Wonderful work.

Moloney composes himself and lands a good left hook to end the round.

Alex PattelJanuary 14, 2024 02:25

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Beterbiev vs. Smith LIVE: Jason Moloney vs. Saul Sanchez

We are approaching the middle of this fight. Moloney backs up Sanchez and swings a long one-two to his midriff.

Now Sánchez walks forward and looks about to land a cross. More firefighting from both men; this has been a very fun affair so far.

Moloney’s cut is leaking again. He seems unperturbed and tags Sanchez with a short left hook to the head after Sanchez attacks the body.

Decent one-two from Sanchez, who then goes low again with a left hook.

Moloney increases the pressure with a long series of shots.

Alex PattelJanuary 14, 2024 02:21

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Beterbiev vs. Smith LIVE: Jason Moloney vs. Saul Sanchez

Nice change of output from Moloney, who alternates between targeting Sanchez’s head and body, with straight shots, hooks and uppercuts.

Uppercut and right hook lands clean for Moloney! Sánchez is still plodding forward. He stays busy, but he’s getting overworked here.

Alex PattelJanuary 14, 2024 02:16

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