Two of those four major light heavyweight names are put to be merged at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 18. Undefeated OleksandrThe Nail Gvozdyk is making his second WBC and lineal light heavyweight titles defense, while also undefeated Artur Beterbiev defends his IBF light heavyweight strap for the third time. Gvozdyk, the Ukraine indigenous, is now a -140 favored with the Russian, Beterbiev, arriving back at +110.
This is the third fight out of the four he has been preferred by less than -250. The two previous bouts came against Isaac Chilemba and Adonis Stevenson and the two ended by knockout. This is the first time because his chances were -500 when he fought Beterbiev has been an underdog.
Gvozdyk, Even the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, is caught out of position, moving the ring looking to let his hands go around. With 14 of the 17 wins end by knockout As soon as the Ukraine native discovers his opportunities to land he does. When he won the WBC and lineal heavyweight belts from the round against Adonis Stevenson his devastating knockout may have come last December. That fight could be the final for Stevenson as he was in this condition for several weeks and was placed into a medically induced coma on the next Monday.
Perhaps matching Gvozdyk in punching strength is Beterbiev as just one of the 14 professional battles have made past the round and all have ended by knockout. When he chooses to strike, the Russia native is extremely competitive. Rarely does he throw 1 punch at one time, rather, he sets up his chance and basically bull-rushes his foe with a flurry.
Both guys have conditioning but go about their struggles in drastically different ways. Beterbiev resembles a pitbull, marching his opponents down looking to get into a telephone booth and exchange hands, he is willing to eat a few shots when it means that he can land.
Gvozdyk is a tech, moving like a kitty quickly from risk, while maintaining range together with his long jabs and straights. That having been said, if he smells blood into the water he goes on a attack. The big issue for this fight is will Beterbiev be in a position to corner Gvozdyk, or is the Ukrainians footwork likely to help keep him secure.
Odds at BetOnline as of October 9
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