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FRIGHTENING

‘Beast’ Beterbiev wears down Gvozdyk to unify belts
RELENTLESS: Beterbiev brings his left over his rival’s right
Photos: MIKEY WILLIAMS/TOP RANK

★★★★★ OUTSTANDING ★★★★ GOOD ★★★ FAIR ★★ DISAPPOINTING ★ RUBBISH

Reporters’ star ratings for main events and undercards are based on in-ring entertainment, competitiveness and whether overall expectation was met

APROXY war broke out at the Liacouras Center when Russia’s Artur Beterbiev faced Ukraine’s Oleksandr Gvozdyk in a light-heavyweight unification match.

The deadly conflict at the Ukraine- Russia border has raged since February 2014, but instead of bombs and bullets, Beterbiev and Gvozdyk settled their differences in a boxing ring. Battle lines were drawn during the singing of the Russian national anthem, which was partially drowned out by the racket emanating from the Ukrainian fans. They outnumbered Beterbiev’s Russian supporters by a substantial margin and roared whenever Gvozdyk tagged Beterbiev with a punch or looked like he might.

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