Two of the four light heavyweight names are set to be unified at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 18. Undefeated OleksandrThe Nail Gvozdyk is making his second WBC and lineal light heavyweight names defense, while also undefeated Artur Beterbiev defends his IBF light heavyweight strap to the next time. The Ukraine native, Gvozdyk, is a -140 favorite with all the Beterbiev, arriving back at +110.
This is the third battle to Gvozdyk from the previous four that he has been favored by less than -250. The two previous spells came from Isaac Chilemba and Adonis Stevenson and both ended by knockout. This is the time because his odds were -500 when he fought Radivoje Klajdzic in May which finished with a 31, Beterbiev was an underdog.
Gvozdyk, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, is rarely caught out of place, moving across the ring looking for angles to let his hands move. Whenever the Ukraine native finds his chances to land he does this viciously with 14 of the 17 wins end by knockout. His knockout might come last December when he won both the WBC and lineal heavyweight belts from the 11th round. That fight could be the last for Stevenson because he has been in this condition for several weeks and was put into a medically induced coma on the next Monday.
Perhaps fitting Gvozdyk in punching power is Beterbiev as one of the 14 professional fights have made beyond the round and all have finished by knockout. The Russia native is very competitive when he decides to attack. Does he throw 1 punch at one time, rather, he puts up his opportunity and basically bull-rushes his foe with a flurry of punches seeking to place them away.
Both guys have conditioning but move about their fights in drastically different ways. Beterbiev resembles a pitbull down looking to enter a phone booth and exchange hands, he is prepared to eat a couple shots if it means he could land also.
Gvozdyk is a technician, moving like a cat quickly out of danger, while maintaining range together with his jabs and straights. That said, when he smells blood into the water that he goes on a attack. The issue for this particular fight is will Beterbiev be able to corner Gvozdyk, or is the Ukrainians footwork moving to help keep him secure.
Curious at BetOnline at October 9
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