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Oleksandr Gvozdyk

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Oleksandr Gvozdyk
Олександр Гвоздик
Гвоздик Олександр Сергійович (Кременчук, 4.10.2012).jpg
Gvozdyk in 2012
Real nameOleksandr Serhiyovych Gvozdyk
Nickname(s)The Nail
Weight(s)Light heavyweight
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Reach216 cm (85 in)[1]
Born (1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 32)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR,
Soviet Union
Boxing record
Total fights17
Wins by KO14

Oleksandr Serhiyovych Gvozdyk (Ukrainian: Олександр Сергійович Гвоздик, IPA: [ɔlɛˈksɑndr sɛrˈɦijɔwɪtʃ ˈɦwɔzdɪk]; also Hvozdyk; born 15 April 1987) is a Ukrainian professional boxer who has held the WBC and lineal light heavyweight titles since 2018. As an amateur he won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in the light heavyweight division.

As of March 2019, Gvozdyk is ranked as the world's best active light heavyweight by The Ring magazine, and second by BoxRec.

Amateur career

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.[2]

At the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships he beat two opponents before being edged out by Rene Krause.

At the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships he beat three fighters before falling to star Egor Mekhontsev of Russia. He qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics by finishing in the top 8.

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.

Professional career

Gvozdyk turned professional on 2014, signing with Top Rank.[3] He won his debut, defeating Mike Montoya via a first-round KO on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley II.

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.[4] 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.[5]

On April 8, 2017, Gvozdyk won a second regional title, claiming the NABO title with a round 3 TKO win over Yunieski Gonzalez.[6] Later that year, the WBC ordered a world title eliminator between Gvozdyk and Marcus Browne, but Browne declined the fight.[7]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
17 fights 17 wins 0 losses
By knockout 14 0
By decision 3 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
17 Win 17–0 France Doudou Ngumbu TKO 5 (12), 0:58 30 Mar 2019 United States 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US Retained WBC and lineal light heavyweight titles
16 Win 16–0 Canada Adonis Stevenson KO 11 (12), 2:49 1 Dec 2018 Canada Videotron Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won WBC and lineal light heavyweight titles
15 Win 15–0 France Mehdi Amar UD 12 17 Mar 2018 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Won vacant WBC interim light heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0 United States Craig Baker TKO 6 (10), 2:04 19 Aug 2017 United States Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska, US Retained NABF and WBO–NABO light heavyweight titles
13 Win 13–0 Cuba Yunieski Gonzalez TKO 3 (10), 2:55 8 Apr 2017 United States MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, US Retained NABF light heavyweight title;
Won vacant WBONABO light heavyweight title
12 Win 12–0 Malawi Isaac Chilemba RTD 8 (10), 3:00 19 Nov 2016 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained NABF light heavyweight title
11 Win 11–0 United States Tommy Karpency KO 6 (10), 2:21 23 Jul 2016 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained NABF light heavyweight title
10 Win 10–0 France Nadjib Mohammedi KO 2 (10), 2:06 9 Apr 2016 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US Won vacant NABF light heavyweight title
9 Win 9–0 United States Mike Snider KO 1 (8), 2:58 13 Feb 2016 United States Sportsmen's Lodge, Studio City, California, US
8 Win 8–0 Brazil Cleiton Conceição TKO 3 (8), 0:50 20 Nov 2015 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, US
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Francisco Sierra RTD 5 (8), 3:00 19 Sep 2015 United States Sportsmen's Lodge, Studio City, California, US
6 Win 6–0 Ghana Michael Gbenga UD 6 13 Jun 2015 United States Florentine Gardens, Los Angeles, California, US
5 Win 5–0 United States Cory Cummings KO 2 (8), 1:10 24 Jan 2015 United States 1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado, US
4 Win 4–0 United States Otis Griffin TKO 6 (8), 1:51 15 Nov 2014 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, US
3 Win 3–0 United States Lamont Williams KO 5 (6), 1:38 20 Sep 2014 United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, US
2 Win 2–0 Ghana Michael Gbenga UD 6 17 May 2014 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California, US
1 Win 1–0 United States Mike Montoya KO 1 (6), 2:55 12 Apr 2014 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US


  1. ^ a b Top Rank tale of the tape prior to the Adonis Stevenson fight.
  2. ^ "Oleksandr Gvozdyk - BoxRec". Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Top Rank signs Olympian Alexander Gvozdyk - The Ring". 14 February 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Gvozdyk Gets Off The Floor To Stop Karpency in Six - Boxing News". Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Oleksandr Gvozdyk Stops Isaac Chilemba in Eight Rounds - Boxing News". Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Gvozdyk steamrolls Gonzalez". Retrieved 10 November 2017.
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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Isaac Chilemba
NABF light heavyweight champion
9 April 2016 – March 2018
Title last held by
Sean Monaghan
light heavyweight champion

8 April 2017 – March 2018
Title next held by
Gilbert Lenin Castillo
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Chad Dawson
WBC light heavyweight champion
Interim title

18 March 2018 – 1 December 2018
Won full title
Preceded by
Adonis Stevenson
WBC light heavyweight champion
1 December 2018 – present
Lineal light heavyweight champion
1 December 2018 – present