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NZ boxer Berridge well beaten by Russian

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/02/2017

New Zealand boxer Robert Berridge has been well beaten in a high-ranking WBA light-heavyweight fight in Perm, Russia.

The fight against the division's No.1 contender, Russian Dmitry Bivol, was stopped in the fourth round to end a one-sided fight.

Berridge was outclassed by the unbeaten Russian (9-0), notching a sixth loss in his 36-fight professional career.

If the 32-year-old southpaw had secured an upset win, he would have been guaranteed a world title fight against American champion Andre Ward.

However, the Whanganui-born boxer was on the defence from the outset and sent to the canvas in the third round after absorbing a flurry of blows from Bivol.

A ringside physician called the fight off in the following round when a cut over Berridge's right eye was deemed too dangerous.

Ranked 13th by the WBA, Berridge had lodged wins over New Zealand opponents Sam Rapira and Adrian Taihia in the last four months but before that was well beaten by world class Canadian Eleider Alvarez.

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