On the undercard of the Ramirez fight was the Light Heavyweight bout for the vacant IBF World title between undefeated (and relative noob) Artur Betebiev and Enrico Kölling.
Having only 11 pro bouts to his name, one might ask why Betebiev was getting a shot at a belt so early in his career.
Had one seen the adroit fashion in which Betebiev dispatched Kölling, one would not be asking such foolish questions…in such a pretentious manner.
In actuality, Betebiev had over 300 amateur fights and was a two-time Olympian.
Against Kölling, Betebiev controlled every aspect of the bout by cutting off the ring, walking Kölling down and patiently waiting for openings.
Going into the championship rounds, Betebiev was pitching a shutout and landing four times as many punches as Kölling.
A flurry in the final minute of the fight sent Kölling to the seat of his satins.
Thirty seconds later a right hook reintroduced him to the canvas and loosened his umlaut. The referee waved off the contest.
Artur Betebiev (12-0, 12 KO’s) remains undefeated and collects his fifth title.
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The main event featured undefeated reigning and defending champ Jose Ramirez against challenger Mike Reed.
Ramirez was not there to waste time or take punishment.
After tenderizing Reed in the opening frame, Ramirez put him on the ropes early in Round 2 and banged at the body until a clubbing left sent Reed to the floor.
The referee administered the mandatory eight count, and Reed said he was ready to continue…he was not.
Ramirez mauled him on the ropes until the referee stepped in and called a halt to the competition.
Good call, ref.
Jose Ramirez retains his title and improves his campaign to 21 and 0, with 16 knockouts.
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Daniel Jacobs’ back story is much more interesting than the fight he had last week.
Jacobs was born in Brooklyn, and began boxing at an early age.
After a brilliant amateur career he moved up the pro ranks quickly (22-1) until he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.
Jacobs won his fight against the disease. He returned to the ring 19 months later delivering an electrifying first-round knockout.
Since that time, his only loss has been to Gennady Golovkin.
Last Saturday, in an unremarkable fight against tough Middleweight Luis Aries, Jacobs went all 12 rounds and won a unanimous decision by a wide margin.
The Los Angeles Rams are playing like a championship team and seem to be improving as they go.
Quarterback Jared Goff led the Rams to their fourth straight win, in a 33-7 trouncing of the Texans last Sunday.
Goff threw for 355 yards and had three TD’s with no interceptions.
Gaining this momentum will help, since the Rams schedule gets tougher in the coming weeks.
The Rams rank #7 in the Football Power Index (FPI).
They play the Vikings (#8) in Minnesota this Sunday. Then they host the Saints (#1) and the Eagles (#2) before traveling to Seattle to play the Seahawks (#4).
Los Angeles (7-2) leads the NFC West but the Seahawks (6-3) are spoiling to take them head-on, at home next month.
The Arizona Cardinals (4-5) just lost to the Seahawks, and they pose little threat in the conference.
The 49ers (1-9) finally chalked up their first win of the season…their cheerleaders couldn’t remember what to do.
San Francisco’s QB C.J. Beathard had a great game, but he will probably be replaced by former Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo, acquired on Halloween.
The Rams play the Niners in their final game of the season and they need to beware the spoiler.
God Bless and don’t be pretentious.
Mark Felicetti does not own an umlaut. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.