WBC world light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk speaks on the first meeting in the ring with IBF world light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev, Sportarena reports.
“He is a serious athlete and this is a serious challenge for me. I lost to him at a tournament in Turkey, in 2009 - the fight was stopped in the second round. That trip to Turkey was the first for me as a part of the national team, while Beterbiev was already the champion among amateurs. But that was 10 years ago - today we are completely different boxers,” Gvozdyk said during an interview with BoxingScene.
According to Sport Arena, Gvozdyk will get 1.5 million dollars for a duel against Russian champion. This will be his record career fee.
Gvozdyk’s last bout in late March was against the Frenchman Dudu Ngumbu. The Ukrainian won in a way of technical knockout due to the opponent’s injury in the fifth round. After the victory, Oleksandr announced his goal to unify the championship belts.
Gvozdyk won WBC world light heavyweight title last December, knocking out Canadian Adonis Stevenson in the 11th round.
Beterbiev in May held the second successful defense of the title, this time, having dealt with the Bosnian Radivoje Kalajdzic.