News | Oct 18 2019

Beterbiev and Gvozdyk make weight for thrilling light-heavy unification

All that's left for Artur Beterbiev and Oleksandr Gvozdyk to do is fight
Artur Beterbiev
Beterbiev and Gvozdyk face each other before the fight Mikey Williams/Top Rank

OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK and Artur Beterbiev have hit the scales for their richly anticipated light-heavyweight unification. Gvozdyk is the WBC champion, Beterbiev holds the IBF title but both are hard-hitting, skilled fighters.

The fighters made weight Thursday. Beterbiev weighed 174.5lbs. Gvozdyk scaled 174.3lbs.

Both have beaten quality opposition to reach this point but Gvozdyk has the stand out win over Adonis Stevenson. Beterbiev has however had a stop-start career so far. “It was a difficult time, but I don’t want to talk about the past,” he said. “I think the future is more happy. It’s hard when you have court [with promotional differences] and you have to train and be active. It’s hard, but I did that. Now, I have 100 percent time to focus on my fight and my career.”