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.
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.”
His trainer Marc Ramsay added, “We asked our management if we could have [unification] fights right away. This is what Artur wants, what I want as a trainer, and everybody wanted to go in this direction. I don’t know what happened behind the scenes, but I know it wasn’t very difficult looking back with this fight on the table. We said ‘yes’ right away, first day [it was offered].”
Their contest takes place on Saturday (October 18) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Click HERE for the Boxing News preview.