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Photos: Gvozdyk Knocks Out Adonis Stevenson For WBC Title

Adonis Stevenson’s five-and-a-half-year reign as the WBC Light Heavyweight Champion is over. Oleksandr Gvozdyk dethroned boxing’s longest reigning champion with a devastating 11th round knockout Saturday in Quebec City in a SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION telecast that immediately preceded the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury SHOWTIME PPV.

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Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KOs) used a powerful multi-punch combination in the penultimate round to put the back-and-forth bout out of question. The former Olympic bronze medalist and amateur teammate of fellow Ukrainians Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk was impressive throughout the entire fight. He executed trainer Teddy Atlas’ game plan to perfection and was the busier of the two fighters. Stevenson (29-2-1, 24 KOs), who was making his 10th title defense, was able to land his signature left hand on several occasions, most notably in the tenth round, but never did enough to truly trouble his opponent.

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“This win means everything to me. I’ve trained my whole life for this and tonight all of the hard work was worth it,” said Gvozdyk, who was the mandatory challenger for Stevenson. “Having Teddy [Atlas] in my corner was a huge help. He knew exactly what to say to me. We trained so well for this fight and I knew I was going to get the knockout.

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“Adonis was a great champion but it’s my time now. He got me with a good shot in the 10th round but I handled it and finished him. Right now, I just want to rest before I discuss my next step. I definitely want to stay at 175 pounds.”

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Stevenson was transported to a local hospital as precautionary measure and was unavailable for comment following the fight.

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Saturday’s one-fight telecast from Quebec City will replay on Monday, December 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and SHOWTIME on DEMAND®.  The SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION streamed live on SHOWTIME Sports social platforms and is archived on the SHO Sports YouTube channel and Facebook page.

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Barry Tompkins called the action from ringside with former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analyst. The executive producer was Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Someone88 on 12-06-2018

May Stevenson recover. Great win for Gvozdyk! Congratulations to him on winning the belt!

Comment by Idunnoshet on 12-03-2018

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Comment by Derranged on 12-02-2018

[QUOTE=1Qbobo26;19318305]Dude, shut the **** up you self-righteous keyboard fighting moron, his past has nothing to do with his loss yesterday. EVERYBODY loses and EVERYBODY has done wrong, wtf makes you think you need cast stones? Justice would be for you…

Comment by mathed on 12-02-2018

[QUOTE={Darko};19318313]christ cuck alert![/QUOTE] [U]2 Corinthians 4:4 English Standard Version (ESV)[/U] 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of…

Comment by StefanTosic on 12-02-2018

[QUOTE=1Qbobo26;19318816] organized gangstalking makes Adonises past look like a kid "stealing candy from a store". Dude dont get me started lol...[/QUOTE] So somebody on the internet saying the truth about his past is way worse to you than him repeatedly…

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