Former WBC light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-1, 14 KOs) has decided to retire from professional boxing at the age of 33, ESPN reports.
According to his manager, Egis Klimas, Gvozdyk is stepping away from the ring to pursue business opportunities.
"He is a very smart guy, so he thinks it is going to be inconvenient for him to do that kind of business and box at the same time. So he needs to give himself 100% to boxing or business. So he decided to do that," Klimas stated.
He also talked about a possible bout that could bring the Ukrainian fighter back.
"Actually, what kept him from moving away from boxing, that motivation to go back into the ring, was Beterbiev. That was the only one holding him because he wanted to get that rematch. There might be a possibility that someone will get him a rematch, he might change his mind," Gvozdyk's manager noted.
As we reported earlier, Gvozdyk's last bout against Artur Beterbiev took place in the USA on October 18, 2019.
Beterbiev knocked Gvozdyk down three times in the 10th round, as the referee, Gary Rosato, immediately stopped the fight following the third knockdown.