By Ryan Burton

LAS VEGAS, NV - caught up with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman this past weekend at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Red Rock Hotel & Casino.

One of the topics that was discussed is the October 18th light heavyweight unification showdown that will take place in Philadelphia, PA.  The WBC champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-0) will take on the IBF world champion Artur Beterbiev (14-0).

With both men possessing exceptional power, Sulaiman expects fireworks in the ring.

"It is going to be a great fight. Gvozdyk is a tremendous, perhaps underrated champion. He won the title with a dramatic knockout of (Adonis) Stevenson who was a long reigning fighter.  He defended his title and now he is facing Beterbiev," Sulaiman stated.

Beterbiev won the vacant title in 2017 when he stopped Enrico Koelling in 12 rounds.  He has defended his title twice and all 14 of his professional victories have come by knockout.

Earlier this month Jean Pascal pulled off a big upset when he dropped Marcus Browne three times in route to a technical decision win.  Browne possessed the WBA interim light heavyweight title and was also Gvozdyk's mandatory challenger. With Browne expected to exercise his immediate rematch clause, the WBC mandatory won't likely come due until next year.

"The mandatory was Marcus Browne who just lost to Pascal in a tremendous fight. We will see what happens with Marcus Browne and Jean Pascal and in the mean time we are having this unification which should be a great fight," Sulaiman told

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