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Gvozdyk and Beterbiev to square off in unification bout

Gvozdyk is about to have his first title unification
11:29, 18 October 2019

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On October 18, in Philadelphia WBC light-heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk will have a unification bout with Russian Artur Beterbiev.

Of all bouts that Ukrainian boxers participated in during October tonight's bout is expected to be the most intriguing one. Artur Beterbiev looks like a very serious opponent for Oleksandr. And though each side has its own advantages over the other, the battle will be intense.

Related: Gvozdyk is not a star in USA just because he was born in Ukraine, - Klimas

What makes Gvozdyk good? He is fast, technical, smart and possesses solid punch. Beterbiev is a top puncher. He does not move as fast as Ukrainian, but he hits really hard, uses a lot of combinations. And it means that Gvozdyk will have to keep the distance constantly. Executing this throughout the fight will be extremely difficult, so Oleksandr may be hit a couple of times. But title bout fight with Adonis Stevenson who was considered the biggest puncher in the division proved that Gvozdyk can take a punch.

Both of them have not lost yet in their professional boxing careers. Both have 14 stoppages on their records. You can expect the bout to go the full distance.

Gvozdyk:

“What are my intentions? I want to become the undisputed champion. And I want to fight the best of the best, those the fans want to see me in the ring with. And this could be problematic. I don’t want to think ahead. Everything is possible in the future, but so far I have a fight against Beterbiev. And then everything is possible, even a change of weight division. But now I’m definitely not up to it”.

Beterbiev:

"Yes, I beat Gvozdyk in the amateurs, don't remember exactly. In my opinion, it was only two rounds. As far as I remember, Gvozdyk said that I had broken his nose. But I don't know. It's his words. However, he has changed. I have changed. Everything changes. Even outside. Even the hairstyle. I started training in Russia. I didn't plan it, I just wanted to rest. But I decided that I wanted to stay active. So I trained in the highlands just like during amateur days. It was great. I would call it preparation for a full training camp".

Fans can expect a compelling unification bout, which is going to decide the future of the light-heavyweight division.

Related: Gvozdyk does not rule out potential change of weight category

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