Former World Champ Oleksandr Gvozdyk Retires
Former WBC light heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk called it a career yesterday. The world champion tallied 18 career fights winning an interim WBC light heavyweight title against Mehdi Amar, before stopping lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson in the eleventh round, the damages Stevenson would take in this bout would put Stevenson in a coma, as well as force Stevenson into retirement.
Gvozdyk would make a lone title defense in his seventeenth fight against lesser-known opponent Doudou Ngumbu. This would be followed up by a decisive stoppage loss to the boogeyman of his boxing career Artur Beterbiev, a man who despite not being the most technical hits like a heavyweight and pushed Gvozdyk back until he couldn’t step back any further.
Gvozdyk was trained by Marco Contreras up until 2018, in which veteran trainer Teddy Atlas took over and moved to Oxnard, California to work with Gvozdyk, or as the fans affectionately called him “The Nail”.
Gvozdyk was managed by Egis Klimas for his whole career, and promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc.
Gvozdyk as an amateur won the Ukraine National tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2011, as well as won an Olympic bronze medal in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Gvozdyk competed in the World Series of Boxing between 2011-12 as well.
Gvozdyk leaves the sport of boxing at the age of 33-years-old.