Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Light Heavyweight
Who won Beterbiev vs Johnson?
Artur Beterbiev beat Callum Johnson by knockout in the 4th round on Saturday 6th October 2018 at Wintrust Arena in Illinois.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
This contest was for the IBF light heavyweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Jessie Vargas beating Thomas Dulorme. Also, on the undercard Daniel Roman beat Gavin McDonnell for the WBA World Super Bantamweight belt and Jarrell Miller defeated Tomasz Adamek.
Beterbiev vs Johnson stats
Back in October 2018, Artur Beterbiev stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 12 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Callum Johnson made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 17 wins and 0 draws, with 12 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Beterbiev had a large advantage in power over Johnson, boosting at 100% knock out percentage over Johnson's 71%.
Artur Beterbiev was the older man by 1 year, at 34 years old.
Both Artur Beterbiev & Callum Johnson fought out of an orthodox stance.
Beterbiev was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 5 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 2 year and 6 months later than Johnson, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 24 more professional rounds, 98 to Johnson's 74.
Callum Johnson was ranked number 7 by the IBF in the 175lb division.
Beterbiev vs Johnson form
Beterbiev remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 5 of his recent opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Enrico Koelling on 11th November 2017 by knockout in the 12th round in their IBF World Light Heavyweight championship fight at Save Mart Arena, California, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Isidro Ranoni Prieto on 23rd December 2016 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Lac Leamy Casino, Gatineau, Canada.
Going into that contest, he had won against Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna on 4th June 2016 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Bell Centre, Montreal.
Before that, he had beat Alexander Johnson on 12th June 2015 by technical knockout in the 7th round at UIC Pavilion, Chicago, United States.
He had defeated Gabriel Campillo on 4th April 2015 by knockout in the 4th round at Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Canada.
Johnson had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Frank Buglioni on 24th March 2018 by technical knockout in the 1st round in their BBBOC British Light heavyweight championship fight at The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Willbeforce Shihepo on 24th September 2016 by knockout in the 9th round in their CBC Commonwealth Light Heavyweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Norbert Szekeres on 18th June 2016 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Event City, Trafford Park, Lancashire.
Before that, he had beat Richard Horton on 7th May 2016 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
He had won against Tsvetozar Iliev on 26th June 2015 by points in the 4th round at Echo Arena, Liverpool.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Callum Johnson had been fighting more than Artur Beterbiev.
Going to this contest, Artur Beterbiev had last fought 10 months and 25 days ago, while Callum Johnson's last outing had been 6 months and 12 days ago.
Beterbiev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 6 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 28 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.6 rounds on average.
Johnson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 3 months and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.
What time did Beterbiev vs Johnson start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Wintrust Arena, Illinois, United States, which was around 3:00 AM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Beterbiev vs Johnson?
Artur Beterbiev was a 3/20 (-670) favourite going into the contest, while Callum Johnson made his way into the ring at 28/5 (+560) with oddsmakers.