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Gvozdyk: Stevenson is 40 & Inactive; Not Sure He'll Beat Jack

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Oleksandr Gvozdyk wants to challenge whoever wins the Adonis Stevenson-Badou Jack fight as soon as possible.

The newly crowned WBC interim light heavyweight champion can’t quite decide, though, who he thinks will emerge victorious when Stevenson defends his WBC 175-pound championship against Jack on May 19 in Montreal.

Gvozdyk considers Jack a legitimate threat to end Stevenson’s reign, but he isn’t certain whether the two-division champion can withstand Stevenson’s vaunted power.

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“Honestly, for me it really depends what shape Stevenson is in right now,” Gvodzyk told BoxingScene.com. “Because this guy is 40 years old, he hasn’t stayed active enough and Badou Jack is a really tough fighter. I would say if Stevenson is in his best condition, I would take Stevenson.

“But this is a big question now because we didn’t see him for a while. He doesn’t fight often and at his age, he doesn’t live in the gym. He’s just enjoying his life. Age is coming really fast. I don’t know what will happen with him. We will see.”

The Haitian-born, Quebec-based Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs) hasn’t fought since demolishing Poland’s Andzrej Fonfara (29-5, 17 KOs, 1 NC) in the second round of their rematch June 3 at Montreal’s Bell Centre, the same site as his fight against Jack. Sweden’s Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs), a former WBC super middleweight champ, is considered the powerful southpaw’s most imposing opponent since he knocked out Chad Dawson to win his title in June 2013.

“Badou Jack just moved up in weight, but Stevenson’s not that big of a guy,” Gvozdyk said. “He also came up. We’ll see.”

Ukraine’s Gvozdyk (15-0, 12 KOs), who defeated France’s Mehdi Amar (34-6-2, 16 KOs) by unanimous decision to win the WBC’s interim light heavyweight title Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, hopes Jack upsets Stevenson because he believes that would afford him a title shot sooner. Stevenson has fought just three times since April 2015, and the 30-year-old Gvozdyk doesn’t want to wait too long to fight for the WBC title.

Bob Arum, Gvozdyk’s promoter, wants to keep him active if his mandated championship match doesn’t materialize soon after May 19.

“Well, if it does take time, we have a lot of dates [on ESPN],” Arum said. “We can certainly accommodate Gvozdyk. I’m not gonna let him sit around while waiting for these guys to finish, and then fight him. I mean, the one luxury we have now, being the producer for ESPN, is we have dates.

“So the idea that fighters are gonna sit around and fight once a year, that’s nonsense. I mean, anyone of any kind of ability that we have is gonna fight at least three times a year.”

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by minemax on 03-20-2018

Actually, Gvozdyk is right. If Jack survives the first rounds, he has a very good chance to beat Stevenson.

Comment by Muz on 03-20-2018

[QUOTE=Shontae De'marc;18586729]Ageism, pure and simple. We are all young at heart and Stevenson's age is irrelevant. Gvozdyk is disgusting and deplorable, he should be ashamed of himself. Yet another white male not checking their privilege and understanding that words can…

Comment by Muz on 03-20-2018

Gvodzyk knocks out both these PBC hype jobs. Stevenson is an utter disgrace both aß a boxer and as a human being. Stevenson is trash. Jack is a coward who ducked another white superior fighter Bivol and will get knocked…

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 03-19-2018

Doesn't matter either of them would put the The Nail in the coffin! Pick your poison Gvozdyk, get knocked out stone cold stiff by Stevenson or get a systematic brutal 12 round beating especially to the body by Badou Jack!…

Comment by Shontae De'marc on 03-19-2018

Ageism, pure and simple. We are all young at heart and Stevenson's age is irrelevant. Gvozdyk is disgusting and deplorable, he should be ashamed of himself. Yet another white male not checking their privilege and understanding that words can hurt.…

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