Gvozdyk Takes WBC Light Heavyweight Title

The Ukrainian defeated the Canadian Adonis Stevenson

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02.12.2018

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Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Gvozdyk defeated the Canadian Adonis Stevenson to capture the WBC light heavyweight championship title in Quebec, Canada, on Dec. 1, early this morning Kyiv time, Channel 24 reports.

The Ukrainian clinched the title after a series of strikes in the 11th round. At the end of the round, Stevenson lost his footing after Gvozdyk’s punches and fell in the corner of the ring. The referee stopped the fight after.

Gvozdyk became the fourth Ukrainian to possess a light heavyweight championship belt. The others are Oleksandr Usyk, Vasyl Lomachenko and Artem Dalakian.

Gvozdyk only turned professional in 2014, but much like his celebrated compatriots Lomachenko and Usyk, it has not taken him long to make a name for himself in the paid ranks.

The 41-year-old Stevenson (29-2-1, 24 knockouts) entered the fight as boxing’s oldest and longest-reigning champion.

The victory was nothing short of a statement from Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 knockouts), a 2012 bronze medalist, who shook off a poor and passive showing in the opening two rounds to stop Stevenson in the first few seconds of round three with a big right hand. The knockout was missed by the referee, however, and was incorrectly ruled a slip.

From that point forward, the fight was all Gvozdyk as the 31-year-old showcased his strong amateur pedigree by sidestepping Stevenson’s powerful left hands repeatedly and countering with clean shots.

It is only the second defeat in Stevenson’s career, after a run of seventeen victorious fights, including a 2013 win over the recently retired Tony Bellew.

Source UATV
date 02.12.2018
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