Light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev did as expected tonight and put a beating on Ezequiel Maderna to improve his record to a perfect 10-0, 10 KOs. Maderna really had nothing to offer Beterbiev here and I frankly was a little surprised to see how much bigger and stronger Beterbiev looked compared to Maderna -- almost like a dire wolf against a greyhound.
Anyway, after showcasing his power and technical ability early, Beterbiev dropped Maderna in the third round with a punch that didn't appear to land particularly clean. It did, however, have an effect on Maderna who was right back on the mat several seconds after getting back to his feet. Maderna then spit out his mouthpiece for a second time in an effort to swindle more time to recover, which prompted the referee to deduct him a point. Between that point deduction and the two knockdowns, it was a 10-6 round which put Maderna way behind on points.
The next round opened with Maderna getting put down yet again before managing to get up -- only to be dropped for the fourth time shortly thereafter. Maderna would sit on the seat of his pants and wave for his corner to throw in the towel. They did, and that was all she wrote.
On the co-feature, welterweight Bryant Perrella stopped David Grayton in just two rounds to score a TKO win. Grayton came out strong to open the fight in the first, setting a fast pace, but Perrella turned the tables on him in the second and Grayton couldn't cope. Perrella would drop Grayton in a barrage and although Grayton would rise to his feet, he was on staggered legs and took more of a beating as he stumbled around the ring. The referee saw enough and waved off the fight in the midst of a Perrella onslaught.
In fact, that fight ended so quickly that we even got a bonus fight in between super welterweights Edgar Ortega and Jamontay Clark. Ortega started off the fight on the right foot, dropping Clark in the first round, but it was all downhill from there. Ortega looked to be in pretty poor shape, taking the fight on short notice, and Clark turned it up on him for the next five rounds, raking Ortega with left hands over and over. In the eClark won a unanimous decision on scores of 58-55, 58-54, and 58-54, having only lost the first round.