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Arum: Gvozdyk Was Winning When Beterbiev Stopped Him

PHILADELPHIA – Even as Artur Beterbiev was wearing him down, Oleksandr Gvozdyk’s promoter had him ahead entering the fateful 10th round of their light heavyweight title unification fight Friday night.

“I thought Gvozdyk was winning the fight,” Bob Arum said following Beterbiev’s 10th-round, technical-knockout victory. “You know, close, but winning the fight. Clearly, Beterbiev was coming on in the last two rounds. I thought before the last two rounds, not including the knockout round, Gvozdyk was comfortably ahead.”

Gvozdyk boxed well through eight rounds, before Beterbiev began hurting the former WBC champion in the final two rounds. Gvozdyk (17-1, 14 KOs) still was ahead on two of the three scorecards entering the 10th round at Temple University’s Liacouras Center.

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Judges John McKaie (87-84) and Ron McNair (86-85) had Gvozdyk in front through nine rounds. Judge John Poturaj favored Beterbiev, 87-83, entering the 10th round.

In the ninth and 10th rounds, however, CompuBox credited Beterbiev with a 49-8 edge over Gvozdyk in power punches. That accounted for almost all of the difference in CompuBox’s final advantage for Beterbiev in overall punches landed during their fight (161-of-515 to 118-of-614).

Russia’s Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) knocked down Ukraine’s Gvozdyk three times in the 10th round. Referee Gary Rosato stopped their fight at 2:49 of that round, once Gvozdyk went down a third time.

Beterbiev, 34, retained his IBF light heavyweight title and won the WBC belt from Gvozdyk.

“I thought it was a terrific fight,” Arum said. “Gvozdyk was out-boxing him early, and ‘The Beast’ just wore him down and finally took him out. I mean, he’s really one of the strongest light heavyweights I’ve ever seen. Really, he has tremendous energy and takes a great punch, and stays in there and finally wears his opponent out.”

The 32-year-old Gvozdyk impressed Arum as well. He took a lot of flush punches from the rugged Beterbiev, before finally going down in the 10th round.

“It didn’t surprise me,” Arum said. “Gvozdyk is a hell of a fighter, takes a good shot. But if you keep getting hit like that, it wears you down.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by MDPopescu on 10-21-2019

[QUOTE='b';20136819]No not really I agree, I was just showing that [B]I don't have a bone to pick in this fight between the two guys that just fought[/B] and my original opinion isn't based on me being a fanboy of one…

Comment by 'b' on 10-21-2019

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;20136480]I only watch boxing... and here all should be about boxing and fighters... ... [B]we shouldn't care about religions, ethnicity, continents, races, a.s.o. :)[/B][/QUOTE] No not really I agree, I was just showing that I don't have a bone to…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 10-21-2019

[QUOTE=LetOutTheCage;20136410]Lol yeah, goes to show just how much of a beast Beterbiev is, not just physically but mentally, he wasnt concerned at all by the refs actions[/QUOTE] More the fact that he was walking through Gvozdyk's combos like they were…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 10-21-2019

[quote=millcitymauler;20134123]yep...it was right after the bell ending the 4th that i saw all life drain away from the nail. I still can’t believe teddy sent him out for that 10th round.[/quote] "it will come back to you if you believe…

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-21-2019

[QUOTE='b';20136438]I like your tone..../s The thing is, I'm a fan of both and not a fanboy of either, I love Beterbiev because he's a strong Muslim man and I love Gvozdyk because he's a strong Christian man, both Europeans who…

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