Gvozdyk Makes First Defense In Philadelphia
While the UFC will be down the road at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night, WBC and lineal light heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk will make his first world title defense at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Following his stoppage win of former champion Adonis Stevenson, Gvozdyk plans to show he’s not a paper champion against opponent Doudou Ngumbu.
“It was a long journey for me to become a world champion, and I plan on showing everyone why I am the best light heavyweight in the world,” Gvozdyk said prior to fighting at the former ECW Arena. “Ngumbu is a tough fighter who I cannot afford to overlook. My goal in 2019 is to unify with the other champions, but before I can do that, I have to take care of business on March 30.”
“It is a great opportunity to face arguably the best light heavyweight fighter in the world. After 12 years and 46 fights in my career with serious opposition, I get my first shot at a major world title,” Ngumbu said.
“I have the utmost respect for Oleksandr Gvozdyk, a great champion who took the WBC title in a war against Adonis Stevenson. It is not going to be easy, but I believe I am much more experienced as a pro and I intend to use that to my advantage.”
A 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, Gvozdyk headlines his first ESPN card on March 30th from the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.