Two of those four leading light titles are put to be unified at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 18. Undefeated OleksandrThe Nail Gvozdyk is producing his second WBC and lineal light heavyweight titles shield, while also undefeated Artur Beterbiev defends his IBF light heavyweight strap to the next time. Even the Ukraine indigenous, Gvozdyk, is a favored with all the Beterbiev.
This is actually the third battle out of the four for Gvozdyk he has been favored by less than -250. The two bouts came against Adonis Stevenson and Isaac Chilemba and both ended by knockout. Meanwhile, this is the first time Beterbiev was an underdog as his odds were -500 when he fought.
Gvozdyk, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, is caught out of place, moving across the ring looking to allow his heavy hands go. He does so viciously with 14 of the 17 professional wins end by knockout, As soon as the Ukraine native finds his opportunities to land. His knockout may have come last December when he won the WBC and lineal light belts in the 11th round. That fight could be the final for Stevenson as he has been in this state for many weeks and was put into a coma on the following Monday.
Perhaps matching Gvozdyk in punching energy is Beterbiev as only one of the 14 professional battles have made past the seventh round and all have finished by knockout. When he decides to attack, the Russia native is very competitive. Does he throw one punch at one time he puts up his chance and essentially bull-rushes his foe using a flurry of punches seeking to put them away.
Both guys have conditioning but go about their struggles in drastically different ways. Beterbiev resembles a pitbull down looking to get into swap hands and a phone booth, hes prepared to eat a couple shots when it means he can land also.
Gvozdyk is a technician, while maintaining range with his jabs and straights moving like a kitty quickly out of danger. That said, if he smells blood into the water he moves on a full-on attack. The big question for this battle is will Beterbiev be in a position to corner Gvozdyk, or will be the Ukrainians footwork likely to keep him safe.
Odds at BetOnline at October 9
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