"Gvozdyk gave everything in the ring, we were leading on the referee's scorecards. I'm proud of him. But I'm probably not proud of myself. I had to make sure that he would win. We did everything right from a physical and technical point of view, same with strategy and the plan for the fight. Gvozdyk will come back and will become a champion again," Atlas said.
As we reported earlier, a unifying battle for the WBO and IBF light-heavyweight titles between Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Russian fighter Artur Beterbiev took place in the USA, on October 18.
Beterbiev knocked down Gvozdyk three times in the 10th, as the referee Gary Rosato immediately stopped the fight following the third knockdown.
Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) was behind on two of the three judges’ scorecards at the moment of the stoppage.
Gvozdyk was discharged from hospital in Philadelphia after being diagnosed with a minor concussion.