IBF Light Heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (14-0, 14KO) says he is looking for a unification fight next after stopping Radivoje Kaladjzic (24-2, 17KO) Saturday night in Stockton, California.
After a ring walk with zero fan fare and no music, Beterbiev came out and immediately brought heat to Kaladjzic sending him reeling back with a slinging overhand right that would set the tone for how he wanted the fight to go.
Beterbiev never let Kaladjzic turn the fight into a boxing match, using his strength and mauling style to draw Kaldjzic out of his gameplan. By the third round he had succeeded and Kaladjic was trading shots instead of boxing and paying the price as Beterbiev was landing his power shots that resulted in a technical knockdown.
The fourth round was more of the same, and Beterbiev was even landing short left hand power shots and by the end of the round Kaladjzic was getting heavy attention from the referee and ringside doctor. After being warned by the referee to defend himself, it was only a matter of seconds into the fifth round when Beterbiev opened up on Kaladjzic again and the bout was stopped.
A unification bout shouldn’t be a problem considering three of the title holders in the Light Heavyweight division are currently fighting under the Top Rank banner (Beterbiev, Gvozdyk, Kovalev) and then you have Bivol with DAZN.
At 34 years old Beterbiev should be moving quickly to make these fights. The style he used against Kaladjzic proved to be effective, but it could be a very different story against the other current champions.