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Sergey Kovalev-Oleksandr Gvozdyk - Is The Fight a Non-Starter?

By Steve Kim

As you peruse the light heavyweight rankings, the name of Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs) is ubiquitous. The Ukrainian is rated second by the IBF, third by the WBA and number two by the WBC.

And most interestingly, he is the top rated contender by the WBO, who's belt was recently captured by Sergey Kovalev (who knocked out Vyaschelav Shabranskyy in two rounds this past weekend for the vacant title).

Both Kovalev and Gvozdyk are managed by Egis Klimas, but share different promoters. Kovalev fights under Kathy Duva of Main Events and Gvozdyk is with Bob Arum of Top Rank.

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So does the fact that they share the same manager make the possibility of this fight a non-starter?

''No," said Klimas, who explained. "We will see what's available, what positions are open. Gvozdyk is in every single rankings, everywhere he's number two at the WBC. The WBC ordered him to fight Marcus Browne for the eliminator but Marcos Browne turned it down. So the WBC's looking at what is possible to do."

The WBC title is currently held by Adonis Stevenson.

The IBF belt is now held by Artur Beterbiev, who captured the belt earlier this month with knockout of Enrico Koelling.

"I know the IBF is looking also because Beterbiev has a mandatory in 180 days. Gvozdyk is in their rankings, too. So there's a lot of opportunity for Gvozdyk. As soon as we gather everything together we're going to be sitting down and see what is the best way for the fighter to go," Klimas said.

The remaining title (WBA) is under the possession of Dmitry Bivol, who is handled by World of Boxing and Main Events.

Klimas makes it clear - "Nothing is set, nothing is out of the picture. If it comes to Gvozdyk fighting Kovalev, yeah, they're going to be fighting."

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Thraxox on 12-02-2017

Man what the hell, this is too much of a jump for Gvozdyk, he should do with Barrera-Bivol and Beterbiev first befoe jumping with Kovalev. Going from Craig Baker to Sergey Kovalev is definitely NOT a great move.

Comment by Shane1091 on 12-02-2017

[QUOTE=RedZmaja;18260966]I think so too. Ward is a great boxer, very technical, can adapt to anything... But at this point these Eastern European boys are just too athletic (by athletic I mean power + durability + intensity) and too big for…

Comment by Mr Objecitivity on 11-30-2017

[QUOTE=RedZmaja;18260966]I think so too. Ward is a great boxer, very technical, can adapt to anything... But at this point these Eastern European boys are just too athletic (by athletic I mean power + durability + intensity) and too big for…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 11-30-2017

I'm cool with Kovalev vs. Gvozdyk. They both fight on HBO, and the fight is easy to make, so if Kov can't get an agreement on a unification (which is preferable) then why not Gvozdyk?

Comment by TreJac on 11-29-2017

[QUOTE=RedZmaja;18260966]I think so too. Ward is a great boxer, very technical, can adapt to anything... But at this point these Eastern European boys are just too athletic (by athletic I mean power + durability + intensity) and too big for…

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