Artur Beterbiev stayed undefeated with a dominant win over veteran former titlist Gabriel Campillo today in Quebec City, scoring a TKO-4 win in the PBC on CBS co-feature.
Beterbiev (8-0, 8 KO) dropped Campillo in the first round, hitting him with hard shots that forced the Spaniard to take a knee. Campillo (25-7-1, 12 KO), known as a slow starter, did survive the round, largely by playing keepaway, a tactic he employed for the majority of the second and third rounds, as well.
Because of that, Campillo may not have landed a really solid blow the entire fight, though he did stick in some jabs here and there. But the fight was all Beterbiev, as the 30-year-old Russian patiently stalked his prey. In the third, he landed some more hard blows in the final minute of the round, setting up a vicious shot that put Campillo out in the fourth. The knockout shot produced a pretty significant amount of blood from Campillo's mouth, and though he wasn't out cold, the fight was immediately stopped, and rightly so.
Official time of the stoppage by referee Marlon B. Wright was 2:22 of round four.
"I don't come to the ring for knockouts or anything like that. I'm very happy that I had the opportunity to do four rounds like that. I tried to work on technique and control," Beterbiev said through his translator after the fight.
How close is Beterbiev to a potential world title shot at 175 pound?