Adonis Stevenson vs Oleksandr Gvozdyk Fight Preview
On the night of December 1, 41 year-old Adonis Stevenson looks to make his tenth defense of his WBC title against the undefeated Oleksandr Gvozdyk (15-0, 12KOs).
He is ranked #8 on the list of most successful title defenses at light heavyweight. The current leader is Dariusz Michalczewski with 23. A win against Gvozdyk will put Stevenson in a three-way tie for seventh place with greats Virgil Hill and Michael Spinks.
In his last fight, Stevenson battled to a draw with Badou Jack. He started fast, winning the majority of the early rounds. However, as the fight progressed, the champion started to slow down.
Stevenson is known for his explosive power and athleticism. He has scored many highlight reel knockouts throughout his career.
Nevertheless, he has looked vulnerable recently and not as dominant as in years past. His opponent is a popular pick to end a rather lackluster reign as champion.
Gvozdyk is a 31 year-old orthodox fighter that stands 6’2 inches tall. Technically sound with good fundamentals, he’s going to have to be aware of the devastating straight left hand the champion possesses.
With his three-inch height advantage, he’ll need to use it intelligently since the champion will have the reach advantage.
All things considered, I look for the Ukrainian to pull out a victory via stoppage.
He’s ten years younger than the champion, has less wear and tear on his body and posses a skillset similar to Badou Jack to methodically breakdown the aging champion.
Where Jack left off, I expect Gvozdyk to continue!
By: Jerrell Fletcher