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Who won Gvozdyk vs Beterbiev?
Artur Beterbiev beat Oleksandr Gvozdyk by technical knockout in the 10th round on Friday 18th October 2019 at Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
This contest was for the unified light heavyweight championship of the world, with the WBC & IBF belts on the line.
The undercard featured the clash of Collazo vs Abdukakhorov.
Gvozdyk vs Beterbiev stats
Oleksandr Gvozdyk stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 17 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Artur Beterbiev made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 14 wins and 0 draws, with 14 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Beterbiev had advantage in power over Gvozdyk, with a 100% knock out percentage over Gvozdyk's 82%.
Oleksandr Gvozdyk was the younger man by 2 years, at 34 years old.
Gvozdyk had a height advantage of 2 inches over Beterbiev. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Both Oleksandr Gvozdyk & Artur Beterbiev fought out of an orthodox stance.
Gvozdyk was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 3 more fights, and made his debut in 2014, 10 months later than Beterbiev, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 26 more professional rounds, 98 to Beterbiev's 72.
Gvozdyk vs Beterbiev form
Gvozdyk had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Doudou Ngumbu on 30th March 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round in their WBC World Light heavyweight championship fight at 2300 Arena, Pennsylvania, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Adonis Stevenson on 1st December 2018 by knockout in the 11th round in their WBC World Light heavyweight championship fight at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada.
Going into that contest, he had beat Mehdi Amar on 17th March 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBC Interim World Light heavyweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
Before that, he had won against Craig Baker on 19th August 2017 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Nebraska.
He had beat Yunieski Gonzalez on 8th April 2017 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill.
Artur Beterbiev remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 5 of his last opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Radivoje Kalajdzic on 4th May 2019 by knockout in the 5th round in their IBF World Light heavyweight championship fight at Stockton Arena, California, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Callum Johnson on 6th October 2018 by knockout in the 4th round in their IBF World Light heavyweight championship fight at Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illionis.
Going into that contest, he had won against Enrico Koelling on 11th November 2017 by knockout in the 12th round in their IBF World Light heavyweight championship fight at Save Mart Arena, California.
Before that, he had defeated Isidro Ranoni Prieto on 23rd December 2016 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Lac Leamy Casino, Gatineau, Canada.
Hehad beat Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna on 4th June 2016 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Bell Centre, Montreal.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Oleksandr Gvozdyk had been fighting more than Artur Beterbiev.
Going to this contest, Oleksandr Gvozdyk had last fought 2 years, 6 months and 19 days ago, while Artur Beterbiev's last outing had been 2 years, 5 months and 15 days ago.
Gvozdyk's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 37 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.4 rounds on average.
Beterbiev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 4 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 26 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.2 rounds on average.
What time did Gvozdyk vs Beterbiev start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, United States, which was around 4:00 AM BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Gvozdyk vs Beterbiev?
Gvozdyk vs Beterbiev was broadcast on ESPN in the US.
What were the odds on Gvozdyk vs Beterbiev?
Oleksandr Gvozdyk was a 67/100 (-149) favourite going into the contest, while Artur Beterbiev made his way into the ring at 1/1 (+100) with oddsmakers.