Gvozdyk Hoping To Avenge Beterbiev Loss
As he continues him climb up boxing’s light-heavyweight division, Artur Beterbiev is bound to get fighters chasing after him. From title contenders to current champions, a shot at the IBF, WBC, and lineal Light-Heavyweight Champion is on everyone’s mind. Former champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk is looking to solve the problem of Beterbiev one bout at a time.
Gvozdyk (17-1) lost to Beterbiev (15-0) back in October via TKO. Beterbiev was able to use his powerful strikes to attack the body of Gvozdyk, who was holding his own. According to CompuBox, Gvozdyk landed 118 of 614 shots while Beterbiev landed 161 of 515 shots. In the end, like most fights, Beterbiev’s power was just too much for the former lineal and WBC champion.
“The plan was to keep Beterbiev at the distance, but that did not work out,” Gvozdyk stated to Lucky Punch, via Boxing Scene. “The preparation was aimed at not letting him hit me. Probably, I was not ready for the pressure that he started putting on me, and when you are pressured something must be done: you either run or you go forward.”
Beterbiev is currently set to face off against Meng Fanlong. Originally set for March in Canada, the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus. The two are working on a plan to pick a new date for the bout. A new location is also on the table, although Beterbiev’s prefers to stay in Quebec. Beterbiev has also expressed interest in current WBA Light-Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol and WBA International Light-Heavyweight Champion Joshua Buatsi.
Beterbiev debuted in 2013 and beat Tavoris Cloud for the WBA-NABA Light-Heavyweight Title in 2014. He then beat Enrico Kolling for the IBF Light-Heavyweight Title in 2017. The man with all 15 of his wins coming via some form of knockout got his last one by facing Gvozdyk, who debuted in 2014. Gvozdyk understands that other challengers are coming for Beterbiev, but he is making it known he wants another shot at the 35-year-old.
“Would I like to get a rematch? Of course. I will do everything in my power order to get this fight,” Gvozdyk went on to say to Ready to Fight. “But I clearly understand that it is out of the question at this moment. Now we need to be as pragmatic as possible. First, we need to restore confidence and get into combat rhythm.
“My goal is to become a champion of another organization. After that, I could have a unifying fight with Artur. If he keeps the titles, of course. But I think he will because he is world’s strongest light heavyweight fighter at this moment.”