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In what will surely be one of the lowest-rated Premier Boxing Champions cards this year, Artur Beterbiev blasted Ezequiel Maderna out of the ring within four rounds while Maderna spent most of his time in the ring simply not accepting his loss.
Maderna was knocked down four times before finally coming to terms with his defeat, motioning to his corner, begging for them to throw in the towel so that he himself wouldn’t have to quit.
The first two and a half rounds didn’t produce much action as Maderna shuffled around the ring avoiding Beterbiev’s heavy hands, but in the third those hands caught up to him, flooring him twice.
Maderna, in an effort to give himself extra time to recover from the blows to the head spit out his mouthpiece after each of those knockdowns, leading the referee to deduct a point from him.
Points became academic in the fourth when Maderna was knocked down two more times by the concrete hands of the Russian Beterbiev.
The fight was surely overshadowed by the magnitude of the war between Francisco Vargas and Orlando Salido. It was another predictable mismatch for PBC, a trademark that has bogged down the brand in its year-plus existence.
Also on the card were victories by up-and-coming prospects Bryant Perrella and Jamontay Clark. Perrella knocked out fellow prospect David Grayton in the second round with little resistance.
Grayton started out fighting a bit dirty, holding Perrella’s head while hitting to the body, but his tactics caught up to him as he was knocked down multiple times before the referee waived off the contest.
Jamontay Clark took durable journeyman Edgar Ortega to a unanimous decision, but after being given a fresh dose of reality in his national television debut.
Clark, perhaps in a cocky display, left his hands a bit too low in the first round and found himself on the canvas, but the Clark kept his wits about him, boxing his way to the decision victory.