ALTHOUGH it emerged that Artur Beterbiev was down on the cards against Oleksandr Gvozdyk, I can’t say there was any time during the fight that I felt Artur was in real danger of losing.
Early on, there were adjustments that Beterbiev absolutely needed to make to deal Gvodsyk’s slickness but I know one thing – being in the ring with Artur for 12 consecutive rounds is a real serious mountain to climb. It was only a matter of time before Gvozdyk realised that.
One of Beterbiev’s biggest strengths is his ability to shut down the distance. The way he moves his feet, the single shots he throws are all designed to suffocate his opponent. As many of his sparring partners have described to me, “He just makes the ring so small. Everywhere you go, he’s right there with you.” It’s akin to someone throwing a tennis ball up against a brick wall. That ball is going to wear out well before the wall ever will.