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Photos: Beterbiev Breaks Down, Stops Gvozdyk To Unify Titles

Liacouras Center, Philadelphia - In an IBF, WBC light heavyweight unification between two undefeated world champions, Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) kept his knockout streak in place as he stopped Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-1, 14 KOs) in the tenth round. (photos by Mikey Williams)

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Beterbiev came right out with the pressure and was coming forward. Gvozdyk was fighting off the back-foot with his jab and combinations. At the end of the round, the Beterbiev sort of wrestled with Gvozdyk and sent him down. The referee counted it as a knockdown, as the crowd was booing. There was an instant replay call that overturned the knockdown to a slip.

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Gvozdyk's jab was giving Beterbiev a lot of trouble in the second round. He was outboxing him and stopping his charge. Beterbiev began to land a few punches in the closing moments. The third was more of Gvozdyk's boxing abilities controlling the action and Beterbiev coming on at the end. In the fourth, Gvozdyk was changing up his strategies and landing a lot of his punches.

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Beterbiev was landing well in the fifth and doing damage. And he continued to do the better work with the harder shots to the head and body in the sixth. Gvozdyk landed two good shots in the final seconds, with Beterbiev connecting as well. Both had their moments in the eight.

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Beterbiev went on a rampage in the ninth, landing hard shots to the head and body. He had Gvozdyk hurt and in trouble and looking for air. A variety of hard shots in the tenth sent Gvozdyk down to his knees. Gvozdyk made it up but more punches came in and sent down for a second time. Once again he made it up, and once again Beterbiev sent him down - as the referee waved it off.

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Superbee on 10-21-2019

Funny how everyone praises Beterbiev now after not seing the Gem he was in the last few years... He's the same he always was, you guys just caught up last Friday... :boxing:

Comment by MulaKO on 10-21-2019

[QUOTE=MeanestNiceGuy;20136558]Calm down. He didn't have his way with Gvodzyk early in the fight for obvious reasons....it's not like he was holding out til the end, he had to find his way inside. He took a lot of shots early on,…

Comment by MeanestNiceGuy on 10-21-2019

[QUOTE=MulaKO;20133757]Gvozdyk had absolutely nothing on Beterbiev He’s lucky that the usual Beterbiev was not there last night Usually Beterbiev does his mauling early and this would of been over by the 6th round Beterbiev is on a mission and nobody…

Comment by Boxing Scene on 10-20-2019

Fukin Meatnello Yellow wont fight the better beef. Fight the weakest champions after losing to GGG twice. Cowardnelo.

Comment by MulaKO on 10-19-2019

[QUOTE=MeanestNiceGuy;20133727]Wow, Gvozdyk finished Stevenson's career for nothing. He fought smart early on, but as Ward mentioned...he seemed timid like a little brother who knew he couldn't beat his big brother. Can't believe he packed it like that when Beterbiev stepped…

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