Artur Beterbiev survives terrible cut to knock out Marcus Browne in bloody light-heavyweight title defence | Boxing News

Artur Beterbiev was forced to fight with a hideous cut to end Marcus Browne’s hopes in a ninth round stoppage in Montreal on Friday night.

The fearsome IBF and WBC light heavyweight champion sustained the wound in the center of his forehead after an accidental clash of heads in the fourth round.

His unbeaten record was in jeopardy when, early in the fifth, the referee told him he would only be allowed one more round due to the cut.

Beterbiev beat up Browne after suffering a cut

But Beterbiev took control of the fight and knocked down his challenger twice, eventually stopping him in ninth place.

Beterbiev maintained his incredible record as the only world champion in all sport with a 100% knockout record in his 17th bout.

His reign was saved by his ability to pick up the pace right after the referee’s threat to end the fight in the fifth round.

At this point Browne was also cut under the assault of Beterbiev.

Browne narrowly avoids crashing to the ground in the final sixth round exchange.

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Beterbiev, with blood dripping down his face, was looking for the break and sent Browne to the mat in the seventh round after a blow to the body and a right hand.

A left uppercut in the ninth round sent a battered Browne down again, who was unable to beat the referee’s count.

Beterbiev remains the unified light heavyweight champion and one of boxing’s most hard-hitting fighters.

His rival world champions in the light heavyweight division are Dmitry Bivol (WBA) and Joe Smith Jr (WBO).

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