Why Has Former Boxing Champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk Retired?

Life after boxing can be a confusing time for a boxer who has spent years in the ring. Oleksandr Gvozdyk is looking to take advantage of his young age by finding an easy transition.

Gvozdyk (17-1) appears to be stepping away from the ring after only 18 professional fights to his name. Egis Klimas, Gvozdyk’s manager, told ESPN that the 33-year-old will no longer be competing for the foreseeable future. He is looking to explore other “business opportunities”, whatever they may be.

“He’s a very smart guy, so he thinks it’s going to be inconvenient for him to do that kind of business and box at the same time,” Klimas stated. “So he needs to give himself 100% to boxing or business. So he decided to do that.”

A bronze medalist in the 2012 Olympics, Gvozdyk made his professional debut in 2014 for Top Rank after a 225-30 amateur record. He ended up beating Mike Montoya via knockout, the first of 14 of his career. “The Nail” would end up winning four fights in a row via knockout, one of those wins being against Nadjib Mohammedi in 2016 for the WBC-NABF Light-Heavyweight Title. Facing Adonis Stevenson, Gvozdyk knocked him out to win the WBC Light-Heavyweight Title. It ended up being a career-threatening loss for Stevenson, as Gvozdyk’s power was too much.

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Gvozdyk took down Ngumbu, setting up a bout with Artur Beterbiev in October 2019. It only took one round for Gvozdyk to be pushed to the ground. The other power-puncher in Beterbiev would take Gvozdyk down multiple times between the eighth and tenth rounds. In the end, the referee stopped the fight after another knockdown, giving Beterbiev the TKO win. The judges had the contest in favor of Gvozdyk (87-84, 86-85, 83-87) before the call.

It was believed that the damage he sustained in the Beterbiev fight would have been a factor, but his manager extinguished those flames.

“Actually, what kept him from moving away from boxing, that motivation to go back into the ring, was Beterbiev,” Klimas went on to say. “That was the only one holding him because he wanted to get that rematch. There might be a possibility that someone will get him a rematch, he might change his mind.”

It is unknown what the future holds for Gvozdyk. According to Yahoo Sports, Gvozdyk would consider a move to politics.

“It’s been a pleasure for us to have promoted Oleksandr Gvozdyk, who not only proved himself to be a great fighter, but is also one of the most highly intelligent boxers that we have had the pleasure of promoting,” said Top Rank’s Bob Arum. “Thankfully we worked well together with him and lead him to a world championship.”

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