Benavidez Dominates Gvozdyk In A Unanimous Decision Win

David Benavidez dominated Oleksandr Gvozdyk to become the WBC Interim Light Heavyweight Champion in a unanimous decision win.

The victory means Benavidez is mandatory for the winner of Artur Beterbiev vs. Dmitry Bivol, who fight for undisputed at 175 on October 12. Gvozdyk was working off his jab, targeting the body early on. Benavidez weathered the initial storm with his head movement to avoid Gvozdyk’s right hand in the first round.

The Mexican attacked the body in an attempt to close the distance. A left hook and a body shot landed as Benavidez started well. Gvozdyk continued to rely on his jab, but Benavidez remained unfazed. Benavidez caught Gvozdyk with a sharp left hook to the body as he closed the distance repeatedly. A right cross followed, giving Benavidez a clear advantage early on.

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Benavidez’s pressure continued in the third, countering with a left hook and a right body shot. Benavidez utilized a bob-and-weave strategy to land an uppercut that forced Gvozdyk back to the ropes in another round for Benavidez. Gvozdyk’s eyes began to show swelling. A powerful left uppercut from Benavidez ended the fifth.

Gvozdyk was well behind on the cards heading into the second half. The Ukrainian landed some jabs and a right hand to the body, followed by a right uppercut. Benavidez countered with a left hook to the body and the head. It was a better round for Gvozdyk in the seventh, but he still needed to show more. Gvozdyk had Benavidez cornered in the eighth, landing a right hand.

The Mexican Monster responded by backing up Gvozdyk with a strong flurry to end the ninth round. Gvozdyk enjoyed some success in the tenth, but it was more a case of Benavidez slowing down. Gvozdyk was still standing strong heading into the final two rounds. He needed a knockout, but it was never close to coming as Benavidez won a one-sided unanimous decision: 116-112, 117-111, 119-109. Benavidez revealed his aim was still to target the Canelo Alvarez fight at 168, which leaves him with a decision to make over whether to fight at 175 or 168. 

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