Beterbiev Crushes Campillo

By Ted Sares on April 4, 2015
Beterbiev Crushes Campillo
It was dominant, malevolent, conclusive—and very satisfying. (Amanda Kwok/PBC on CBS)

With this impressive showing, Artur Beterbiev could be in line to face the winner of the tonight’s main event…

“I’m going to knock Beterbiev out in the seventh round.”—Campillo

“A knockout is never a goal for me.”—Beterbiev

“I’ve beaten Kovalev twice. I’d like to beat him again!”—Beterbiev

I enjoy a sudden ring assault, especially if it complies with all of my requirements and this one did and then some. It was dominant, malevolent and conclusive—and it included a satisfying amount of shock and awe.

Artur Beterbiev (now 8-0) is yet another offensive-minded and decorated amateur from Eastern Europe who competed at the 2012 Olympic Games as a heavyweight, losing to eventual gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk. The popular 30-year-old, who is based in Montreal, Canada, has defeated all seven of his previous professional opponents via knockout.

Last September, the Russian slugger was able to make the 175-pound limit for the first time and brutally assaulted former titleholder Tavoris Cloud (24-3) with four knockdowns in just over a full round of action, finally putting away Cloud early in the second. The win earned him the vacant WBA-NABA light heavyweight title.

Beterbiev added the vacant WBO, NABO, and IBF North American titles when he stopped then undefeated Jeff Page Jr. (15-0) in his next bout in December.

Now it was Campillo’s turn as Chico Guapo (aka “The Handsome One”) learned what shock and awe is all about. The former world champion (25-6-1) was beaten by Cloud in 2012 in a 12-round split decision. Cloud, of course, is the same guy that Beterbiev knocked out. Moreover, Campillo was knocked out twice in 2013 by Andrzej Fonfara and Sergey Kovalev. Boxing logic (an oxymoron at best) suggested that this one would go to the Russian.

This time, the logic held up as Beterbiev decked Guapo in the first round, then broke him down over the next two rounds with winging hooks, pot shots, and power jabs to the Spaniard’s midsection. Campillo unwisely fought in the outdated European way of standing straight up and by the start of round four, he was prepared like an Easter ham about to be cooked. Artur came out on fire, wobbled Campillo and quickly rendered him unconscious with a thunderous right—though Campillo remained standing. Then Beterbiev closed the show with an unnecessary left that left Chico Guapo no longer handsome as blood flowed freely from his mouth

With this impressive showing, Beterbiev could be in line to face the winner of the tonight’s main event. Or maybe even Kovalev where there apparently is no love lost between the two.

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  1. Kid Blast 04:19pm, 04/13/2015

    Me too

  2. Tex Hassler 04:18pm, 04/13/2015

    I would like so see him against Kovalev.

  3. Kid Blast 12:15pm, 04/06/2015

    I try

  4. Dollarbond 11:57am, 04/06/2015

    Preparing him like an Easter ham is a neat turn if words. I like your style. Nice and subtle

  5. Kid Blast 06:30pm, 04/05/2015

    Thanks John. Enjoyable one to do. Chico Guapo is done

  6. John aka L.L. Cool John 05:52pm, 04/05/2015

    Beterbiev looked damn good! Nice coverage, Ted.

  7. Kid Blast 02:07pm, 04/05/2015

    Beterbiev, Kovalev, GGG, Klit…..where will it all end? These guys bring real heat into the ring and the crunching and crushing starts as soon as the bell rings. What’s not to like?

  8. Jack 12:38pm, 04/05/2015

    Adonis Stevenson and Eleider Alvarez are with the same promoter as Betberbiev, so it won’t happen

  9. nicolas 09:27am, 04/05/2015

    I agree with Clarence about Beterbiev. Against Cloud, he was probably fighting against a guy who had all the fight knocked out of him by Hopkins and Stevenson. Campillo scored an upset in his last fight, but when you have been stopped previously by Fonfara, and Kovalev, and where robbed in previous fights against Cloud and Shumenov, I cannot help but feel he was as well a faded fighter. I guess the next step for Beterbiev would be how he would do against Pascal, or even Hopkins if he wishes to continue. Or fight a fighter who has been winning his last few, like Alvarez of Columbia now out of Canada. He may be the real thing, but many fighters have been advertised as such.

  10. Eric 09:20am, 04/05/2015

    NIce display of power punching and not neglecting the body shots. Happy Easter!!!!

  11. Kid Blast 06:43am, 04/05/2015

    Correct Koolz

  12. Koolz 05:24am, 04/05/2015

    This weight division just got a whole lot interesting!

    Superman is not part of the Titan Battle that could happen in the future.

  13. Kid Blast 05:32pm, 04/04/2015

    Yes he is but I also believe he may have a law degree but if so, I would not hold that against him. . Beterbiyev was born in Khasavyurt, Dagestan, and is of Chechen descent. He currently resides in Montreal, Canada, and is married with two children. Beterbiyev is Muslim. He is currently promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel.

  14. LaRue 04:45pm, 04/04/2015

    This guy is an animal

  15. Clarence George 02:59pm, 04/04/2015

    That’s something you should discuss with your pharmacist.

  16. Kid Blast 02:57pm, 04/04/2015

    Dare I ask?

  17. Clarence George 02:49pm, 04/04/2015

    More than you should?  Because there are indeed OTC medications you can take for that.

  18. Kid Blast 02:43pm, 04/04/2015

    Irish, good catch. I had this one 65% written last night and the title remained the same. Honest

    Much of the boxing media was saying this would be a stern test for the Russian but much of the media doesn’t know its rump from its brain. Beterbiev had a stellar amateur career. The guy is a monster and I believe he would blow Superman away.

  19. Kid Blast 02:40pm, 04/04/2015

    Thanks CG. I’m learning from you. I have more perspicacity.

  20. Clarence George 02:05pm, 04/04/2015

    I won’t say Campillo came to lose, but he sure as hell didn’t come to win—or even fight.  Beterbiev is impressive, but I need to see more of him, and against more formidable competition.  Before that happens, though, he should do something about knuckle-dragging his left.

    Some nice lines here, Ted:  “Boxing logic (an oxymoron at best),” for example, as well as “he was prepared like an Easter ham about to be cooked.”

  21. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 01:51pm, 04/04/2015

    Ted Sares-Great report hot off the presses….you must have had the pump primed for this one! He should be calling for Adonis….apparently there was nothing emphatic or convincing about his amateur wins over Kovalev….hell….why not call for Happy Feet Usyk if he’s really feeling it….still….far more impressive than Julian Jackson’s outing….shutout or not!

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