News | Oct 17 2019

‘Oleksandr Gvozdyk is a champion because, when the moment came, he behaved like a champion’

Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Artur Beterbiev fought once as amateurs. Now they meet in a light-heavyweight world title unification
Oleksandr Gvozdyk
No major UK broadcaster picked up the Beterbiev-Gvozdyk fight Mikey Williams/Top Rank

ON Friday (October 18), at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Artur Beterbiev meet in a thrilling unification for the IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles, a bout that has all the ingredients to be one of the fights of the year.

“First of all, my dream is to become undisputed champion. This is the first step, and this is the necessary step. And the second thing is, this is what fans like to see. They don’t want to see champions fight some opponents or journeymen. Tough fights, which fans like to see. For me, it’s a big challenge,” Gvozdyk said at a press conference before the fight.

“For now, only one challenge and one opponent exists for me. I’m not even thinking about any other opportunities. Everything is possible in the future. Maybe go up [in weight] or go down. I think it’s possible, maybe hard, but possible. But again, right now, I’m not even thinking about it.”