Beterbiev stops Gvozdyk, Kudratillo Abdukakhorov posts impressive victory
By Bill Tibbs
It was unification, light heavyweight, world title action between WBC champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk and IBF champion Artur Beterbiev at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Friday night. It was one of the most anticipated fights of the year and fight fans, and boxing experts felt going in (on paper at least) that it was going to deliver.
Philadelphia, a city that has produced champions like Bernard Hopkins, Matthew Saad Muhammad and Dwight Muhammad Quawi, along with legendary warriors like Bennie Briscoe and Cyclone Hart, was the right setting for a much-anticipated fight like Gvozdyk-Beterbiev.
Going in it was 31 wins between the two, 28 KO’s between the two and despite Gvozdyk being a slight favorite, it was a pick-‘em fight.
In the end, the strength and non-stop pressure of the iron-tough Beterbiev was the difference. Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) scored a KO 10 over Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-1, 14 KOs). Beterbiev now has the IBF and WBC belts.
Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0, 9 KO’s) over came the game effort of 38-year old Luis Collazo (39-8, 20 KO’s) to pick up a UD 10 after an accidental head-butt caused the stoppage of the fight. Collazo also suffered an arm injury in the midway point of the fight and virtually fought with one arm for the 2nd half of the bout.
Sonny Conto (5-0 4 KO’s) TKO 1 “The Lion King” Steve Lyons (5-6, 2 KOs
Joseph Adorno (14-0, 12 KOs) TKO 2 Damien “El Pana” Sosa (9-3, 7 KOs).
Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (18-0, 12 KOs) TKO 6 Leonardo Doronio (17-17-3, 11 KOs)
Jeremy “Magic hands” Adorno (3-0, 1 KO) UD 4 Misael Reyes (1-3)
Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (15-1, 9 KOs) W UD 8 Johnny “The Punisher” Rodriguez (9-5-1, 6 KOs)
“Cannon Hands” Michael Seals (24-2, 18 KOs) KO 1 Elio “La Maquina” Trosch (14-9-2, 7 KOs).