Gvozdyk vs. Baker Set as Crawford-Indongo Co-Feature on ESPN

By Ryan Burton has been advised by multiple sources that 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Oleksandr Gvozdyk (13-0) will face Craig Baker (17-1) on August 19th on ESPN. 

The fight will be the co-feature bout in chief support of the Terence Crawford-Julius Indongo main event that takes place in Lincoln, Nebraska, about an hour from Crawford's hometown of Omaha.  The fight will be the second event televised by ESPN as part of their new pact with Top Rank.

Gvozdyk, who is ranked in the top six of all four major sanctioning bodies, last fought in April when he stopped Yuniesky Gonzalez in three rounds. Baker last fought in June, 2016 when he stopped Steve Lovett in 8 rounds. His lone loss came at the hands of Edwin Rodriguez in 2015.


The Crawford-Indongo bout will mark just the 4th time in the four sanctioning body era that all four major titles will be unified. Crawford holds the WBC and WBO titles while Indongo has the IBF, IBO and WBA super lightweight titles.

"On any other day Lincoln is known for being the capital of Nebraska, but on August 19, it will be the capital of the boxing world," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  "Thanks to ESPN, all eyes will be on the Crawford-Indongo fight which will not only determine the king of the division but will serve as a coronation for boxing's best pound for pound fighter."         

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Matchroom Boxing, tickets to the Crawford vs. Indongo world championship event go on sale This Saturday, July 15, at 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT.  Priced at $128, $78, $53, and $28, tickets can be purchased online via, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at the Pinnacle Bank Arena main ticket office, located in the south lobby, Monday -Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT.  Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. CT.      

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GhostofDempsey on 07-13-2017

Only his 14th fight, and it's not as though anyone else is forming a line outside his door to fight him. I didn't see this much criticism from Ward fans when he was fighting Paul Smith and Alexander Brand. Besides,…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 07-13-2017

mismatch. :pat: I'm really hoping Top Rank steps up and makes more meaningful matches on ESPN. That's what killed PBC on ESPN too many crap matchups and not enough competitive fights. So far the only fight on paper that seems…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 07-13-2017

[QUOTE=SteveM;17854445]Totally agreed. [B]What is up with the career of Beterbiev?[/B] Seems to have totally stalled. LHW is absolutely loaded if only they would actually fight.[/QUOTE] As one of the bigger fans of Beterbiev like 18 months ago I'm completely digested…

Comment by SteveM on 07-13-2017

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;17853587]Thats a bs fight for The Nail. Baker ain't fought in a year & got blasted out by Edwin Rodriguez. They need to keep The Nail in with top 20ish guys for sure if not top 15, top 10…

Comment by yngwie on 07-13-2017

If he struggled with Gonzales i could understand it, but he dominated him, why step down?.

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