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Gvozdyk Steps Up, Faces Chris Henry on June 13

By Alexey Sukachev

Just five fights into his professional career, light heavyweight prospect Olexander Gvozdyk (5-0, 4 KOs) of Ukraine shows no signs of slowing down, following into the footsteps of such fighters as Russian Artur Beterbiev or his compatriots Olexander Usyk and Vasyl Lomachenko.

According to, Gvozdyk will be matched up tough against veteran contender Chris Henry (26-2, 21 KOs). The fight is scheduled to take place on June 13 in Phoenix, Arizona. It’s to be noted, however, that the 34-year old American was last seen in the ring almost three years ago and had just one fight since March 2010, when he scored his biggest win – the first-round kayo of 32-4 former champion Hugo Hernan Garay.

Gvozdyk, 28, is 2011 world champion and an integral part of an ultra-talented Ukrainian squad, which captured five gold medals that year. Four other champions were rapidly emerging contenders Usyk and Ievgen Khytrov, reigning WBO 126lb champion Lomachenko and another undefeated prospect Taras Shelestyuk. Gvozdyk is managed by Egis Klimas.

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Comment by HI-TECH Boxing on 05-16-2015

Henry has not fought since 2012. It's a decent match-up I guess, will be interesting to see if Gvozdyk can stop him. Gvozdyk and Mekhontsev should be staying more acitve and start stepping up competition.

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 05-16-2015

Gvodyk should be moved along at a advanced pace this is at least a step up..maybe

Comment by IIG on 05-16-2015

Chris Henry is still fighting? It has been years since I last heard of him.

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