Gvozdyk Demolishes Gonzalez in Three Rounds

By Cliff Rold

MGM Harbor, Maryland - In the best win of his career, 29-year old 2012 Ukrainian Olympic light heavyweight bronze medalist Oleksandr Gvozdyk (13-0, 11 KO; 22-0, 14 KO including World Series of Boxing contests), 174 ¼, fighting out of Oxnard, California, moved closer to a title shot in the professional light heavyweight ranks. Scoring two knockdowns, Gvozdyk blasted out 31-year old Yunieski Gonzalez (18-3, 14 KO), 174 ¾, of Miami, Florida in round three.

Gvozdyk showed a bit more speed and activity in the first but both men were throwing hard shots as they warmed to the task. The same was true in the second, with Gonzalez throwing less but landing hard when he got in range.

In the third, being in range worked against Gonzalez. Gvozdyk was dialed in with the right hand, dropping Gonzalez twice in a round where he seemed like he couldn’t miss. Gonzalez, game to the finish, came off the floor the first time and was throwing as hard as he could on unsteady legs to survive.


Gonzalez couldn’t do it, floored for a second time, landing face first. His corner immediately rose to the apron to signal the end as Gonzalez fought to rise, objecting while Dock waved his night complete.  

Gvozdyk entered the bout rated in the top ten of all four major sanctioning bodies: #4 WBC, #8 WBA, #7 IBF, and #6 WBO. He gave Gonzalez credit as an opponent after the fight.

“He was very strong, very tough. When I got him hurt, I threw everything I had.”

Questioned further after the bout, he sounded more than ready for a crack at the winner of the June rematch between WBA, IBF, and WBO titlist Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mathed on 04-09-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;17576611]Casual nonsense Stevenson isn't the one doing the ducking. Duva demanded that Kova receive the #1 ranking for Stevenson's title Granted Duva demanded a purse bid Granted Duva wins purse bid Walks away from the fight:lol1: You cannot blame that…

Comment by Derranged on 04-09-2017

[QUOTE=BillyBoxing;17577207]Only Spence is an impressive prospect in this Era. Gotta have that melanine bruh huh?[/QUOTE] All three winners last night are white. Kigali and his 10 alts are fuming right now.

Comment by SCEN3RY on 04-09-2017

[QUOTE=Afi23;17578757][B]It was Kellerman[/B] saying every chance he got that Pascal vs Gonzalez was a robbery. Yes, I'm bias since Pascal is my guy but "robbery" might be a strong word here. Sure the fight was close and could have went…

Comment by jmrf4435 on 04-09-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;17576571]Stop it. That was FAR from impressive in the least bit.[/QUOTE] It was without a doubt impressive and made most people take note that were watching. Gvozdyk is the future of the division. WHY DOES THAT BOTHER YOU SO MUCH?hehe…

Comment by Afi23 on 04-09-2017

[QUOTE=SCEN3RY;17577044][B]I heard the commentators say something about Pascal, but I didn't pick up on it[/B]. I can't believe this was the same guy that gave Pascal hell. Pascal is shop worn, but still, Gvozdyk made it look so easy I…

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