Gvozdyk in 2012
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Reach||192 cm (76 in)|
15 April 1987|
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR,
|Wins by KO||12|
Oleksandr Gvozdyk (Ukrainian: Олександр Гвоздик; born 15 April 1987) is a Ukrainian professional boxer who has held the WBC interim light heavyweight title since March 2018. As an amateur he won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in the light heavyweight division.
Gvozdyk was a three-time national Ukrainian amateur champion, winning the title for the first time in 2009, beating Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in the final. He went on to win back-to-back national titles in 2010 and 2011.
At the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships he beat two opponents before being edged out by Rene Krause.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics he won against Belarusian Mikhail Dauhaliavets 18–10, Nicaraguan Osmar Bravo 18–6, Algerian Abdelhafid Benchabla 19–17 and lost to Kazakh Adilbek Niyazymbetov on countback on the semifinals. He won the bronze medal.
Gvozdyk participated in the World Series of Boxing between 2011 and 2013, winning 9 bouts and losing none.
After winning his first nine professional bouts, Gvozdyk challenged for the NABF light-heavyweight title against former world title challenger Nadjib Mohammedi. Gvozdyk dropped Mohammedi in the second round with a right hook and Mohammedi failed to beat the count, giving Gvozdyk his tenth straight win and his first professional title.
Gvozdyk made his first title defence against three time world-title challenger Tommy Karpency on July 23, 2016. After Karpency dropped Gvozdyk in the first round with an inside shot, Gvozdyk rallied and knocked Karpency out in the sixth round with a hook to the body. Gvozdyk then faced off against Isaac Chilemba on the November 19, 2016 undercard of Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward. Gvozdyk started strong after Chilemba suffered an injury to his right hand. Chilemba started to increase the pace, but decided to retire at the end of the eight round due to his hand injury, giving Gvozdyk the win.
On April 8, 2017, Gvozdyk won a second regional title, claiming the NABO title with a round 3 TKO win over Yunieski Gonzalez. Later that year, the WBC ordered a world title eliminator between Gvozdyk and Marcus Browne, but Browne declined the fight.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|15 fights||15 wins||0 losses|
|16||N/A||N/A||Adonis Stevenson||N/A||– (12)||1 Dec 2018||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||For WBC and lineal light heavyweight titles|
|15||Win||15–0||Mehdi Amar||UD||12||17 Mar 2018||Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, US||Won vacant WBC interim light heavyweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Craig Baker||TKO||6 (10), 2:04||19 Aug 2017||Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska, US||Retained NABF and WBO–NABO light heavyweight titles|
|13||Win||13–0||Yunieski Gonzalez||TKO||3 (10), 2:55||8 Apr 2017||MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, US||Retained NABF light heavyweight title;|
Won vacant WBO–NABO light heavyweight title
|12||Win||12–0||Isaac Chilemba||RTD||8 (10), 3:00||19 Nov 2016||T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US||Retained NABF light heavyweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||Tommy Karpency||KO||6 (10), 2:21||23 Jul 2016||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US||Retained NABF light heavyweight title|
|10||Win||10–0||Nadjib Mohammedi||KO||2 (10), 2:06||9 Apr 2016||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US||Won vacant NABF light heavyweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Mike Snider||KO||1 (8), 2:58||13 Feb 2016||Sportsmen's Lodge, Studio City, California, US|
|8||Win||8–0||Cleiton Conceição||TKO||3 (8), 0:50||20 Nov 2015||Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|7||Win||7–0||Francisco Sierra||RTD||5 (8), 3:00||19 Sep 2015||Sportsmen's Lodge, Studio City, California, US|
|6||Win||6–0||Michael Gbenga||UD||6||13 Jun 2015||Florentine Gardens, Los Angeles, California, US|
|5||Win||5–0||Cory Cummings||KO||2 (8), 1:10||24 Jan 2015||1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado, US|
|4||Win||4–0||Otis Griffin||TKO||6 (8), 1:51||15 Nov 2014||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, US|
|3||Win||3–0||Lamont Williams||KO||5 (6), 1:38||20 Sep 2014||Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, US|
|2||Win||2–0||Michael Gbenga||UD||6||17 May 2014||Selland Arena, Fresno, California, US|
|1||Win||1–0||Mike Montoya||KO||1 (6), 2:55||12 Apr 2014||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US|
- "Oleksandr Gvozdyk - BoxRec". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
- "Top Rank signs Olympian Alexander Gvozdyk - The Ring". Ringtv.com. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
- "Gvozdyk Gets Off The Floor To Stop Karpency in Six - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
- "Oleksandr Gvozdyk Stops Isaac Chilemba in Eight Rounds - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
- "Gvozdyk steamrolls Gonzalez". Badlefthook.com. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
- Professional boxing record for Oleksandr Gvozdyk from BoxRec
- Oleksandr Gvozdyk at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
- Oleksandr Gvozdyk profile at Top Rank
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byIsaac Chilemba
| NABF light heavyweight champion
9 April 2016 – March 2018
Title last held bySean Monaghan
light heavyweight champion
8 April 2017 – March 2018
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byChad Dawson
| WBC light heavyweight champion
18 March 2018 – present