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.
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.
“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”.
"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.