Beterbiev stops Gvozdyk to unify two titles

Artur Beterbiev stops Oleksandr Gvozdyk in world light-heavyweight unification clash

Artur Beterbiev stops Oleksandr Gvozdyk in world light-heavyweight unification clash

Ukrainian boxer, former world light-heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Gvozdyk was discharged from hospital in Philadelphia after being diagnosed with a minor concussion. He knocked him down again 30 seconds later and finished Gvozdyk off with an overhand right.

Beterbiev knocked his Ukrainian opponent down three times in the 10th before referee Gary Rosato stopped it with 11 seconds left.

A Russian based in Montreal, Beterbiev, 34, retained his IBF title for the third time since winning it in November 2017.

Last weekend in Chicago, Bivol returned to the ring and dominated Lenin Castillo over twelve rounds.

However, Beterbiev will next have to negotiate a mandatory defence against undefeated Chinese fighter Meng Fanlong, with reports that promoter Bob Arum is aiming to hold that bout in China around the time of New Year in the country.

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Beterbiev was behind on the scorecards at the time of the 10th round stoppage, with ringside judges seeing Gvozdyk a slim 87-83, 86-85, 83-87 victor, but Beterbiev swung the fight fully in his favor, battering Gvozdyk with damaging blows. Beterbiev is aligned to ESPN, as the network has an exclusive deal with the boxer's promoter, Top Rank.

"The fight tonight is the best two, I think we'll find out who is the best tonight", said Johnson, who hopes to secure another world title fight in 2020. Even from the beginning, Beterbiev showed his aggression and almost dropped Gvozdyk. And in the middle of the fight, Beterbiev even seemed to be exhausted. The eighth round was Gvozdyk's last where he was able to do any damage as both men landed simultaneous right hooks late in the round to send each other off-balance.

"Of course, there is a desire to fight [Beterbiev]".

"When I got this second belt, I got motivation".

Beterbiev, unbeaten with 15 wins, remains the only boxing champion on the planet with a ideal 100% knockout record. Prior to that, he had 17 victories, 14 by knockout.

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