Klimas: I Hope Stevenson Doesn't Run From Gvozdyk Like Kovalev

By Keith Idec

OXON HILL, Maryland – Oleksandr Gvozdyk’s handlers hope he wasn’t too good for his own good Saturday night.

Ukraine’s Gvozdyk produced the most impressive victory over his three-year pro career in what was supposed to be a challenging fight against Yunieski Gonzalez. The light heavyweight contender displayed poise, power and a sturdy chin on his way to a third-round technical knockout in a bout HBO broadcast from MGM National Harbor.

“Oh, my God,” said Egis Klimas, Gvozdyk’s manager. “I thought that would be the most competitive fight [Saturday night], and it came out the most easiest fight.”


Klimas also manages Vasyl Lomachenko and Aleksandr Usyk, who also won their HBO bouts Saturday night as a part a tripleheader that featured Ukrainian standouts in each of the three fights.

Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs), the WBO world super featherweight champion, dominated former WBA world super featherweight champion Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs) through nine rounds before their main event was stopped by Raul Rivas, Sosa’s trainer. Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs) soundly defeated previously unbeaten Michael Hunter (12-1, 8 KOs) on his way to winning a unanimous decision and defending his WBO world cruiserweight championship.

It was Gvozdyk, however, that enhanced his stock the most Saturday night.

The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was undefeated entering his fight against Gonzalez (18-3, 14 KOs). There still were questions about how Gvozdyk would fare because Gonzalez can punch and had lost only a controversial unanimous decision to former light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal (31-4-1, 18 KOs, 1 NC) and a majority decision to then-undefeated Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (17-1, 14 KOs).

“He showed how he can control [a fight],” Klimas said. “He showed how smart he is in the ring and how strong he can punch. He showed all of that.”

Gvozdyk (13-0, 11 KOs) wants a title shot as soon as possible. Due to their friendship, he hopes he doesn’t have to fight Russia’s Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) if Kovalev can beat Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) in their light heavyweight championship rematch June 17 in Las Vegas.

Gvozdyk, who’ll turn 30 on Saturday, would prefer to challenge WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs). Canada’s Stevenson is set to defend his title in a rematch with Polish contender Andrzej Fonfara (29-4, 17 KOs) on June 3.

“Stevenson ran from Kovalev,” said Klimas, who also manages Kovalev. “I hope he doesn’t run from Gvozdyk, too. We would like to get that fight. We are going to see.”

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by hrt3333 on 04-10-2017

I took the headline like he said Kovalev was running from Gvozdyk

Comment by Kigali on 04-10-2017

[QUOTE=Ind Ividual;17581639]They offered only 300k to Stevenson to fight Kovalev on HBO, While Haymon was promissing him millions to KO an Old Papy on Showtime. So he signed a deal with Haymen. That's not ducking, thats Business. No big deal.…

Comment by Ind Ividual on 04-10-2017

They offered only 300k to Stevenson to fight Kovalev on HBO, While Haymon was promissing him millions to KO an Old Papy on Showtime. So he signed a deal with Haymen. That's not ducking, thats Business. No big deal. When…

Comment by My Low Place on 04-10-2017

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;17580513]Gvozdyk has to wait in line! It would be very disrespectful for Stevenson to fight Gvozdyk before Alvarez and Beterbiev. I'm all in for Gvozdyk vs. Radivoje "Hot Rod" Kalajdzic, or Barerra, or Marcus Browne, but Stevenson, Ward, or Kovalev…

Comment by Randall Cunning on 04-10-2017

Weird coincidence, the Karpency knockdown of Gvodzyk and Boones KO punch on Stevenson are identical

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