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Kharviv, Ukraine’s Oleksandr Gvozdyk is new WBC World Light Heavyweight Champion

Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (Олександр Гвоздик), 31, of Kharviv, Ukraine is the new World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight Champion. He recently dethroned Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, 41, of Quebec, Canada.

Stevenson, who is of Haitian descent, became the WBC World Light Heavyweight Champion on June 9, 2013. He became the oldest and longest reigning boxing champion after successfully defending the title eight times before facing Gvozdyk.

On March 17, 2018, Gvozdyk and Mehdi Amar, 36, of Bouches-du-Rhone, France competed for the vacant interim WBC World Light Heavyweight Championship title. The Ukrainian boxer won the title via unanimous decision.

On December 1, 2018, Gvozdyk challenged Stevenson in a boxing event commissioned by Quebec Boxing Commission at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec. Michael Griffin served as the referee while Jack Woodburn. Guido Cavalleri and Mike Ross were the judges.

Griffin put a stop to the championship bout between Stevenson and Gvozdyk after 2 minutes and 49 seconds in the 11th of 12 rounds. The Ukrainian challenger knocked out the Haitian-Canadian defending champion.

In the score cards, Stevenson was leading at 2:49 of Round 11. Ross scored it 95-95 while Woodburn scored it 98-92 and Cavalleri scored it 96-94 both in favor of the Haitian-Canadian defending champions.

Losing to Gvozdyk downgraded Stevenson’s professional boxing record to 29 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw. The first time he lost a professional boxing bout was on April 16, 2010 when he was knocked out by Darnell Boone, 38, of Georgia, United States at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland, USA.

On the other hand, Gvozdyk maintained his undefeated record by defeating Stevenson. The Ukrainian boxing champ now has 16 wins and 0 loss.

Gvozdyk was born in Kharviv on April 15, 1987. He is currently based in Oxnard, California, USA.

Promoted by Top Rank. Gvozdyk has been competing professionally since 2014. As an amateur boxer, he won a bronze medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom.

Here is a post-fight interview with the new WBC World Light Heavyweight Champion:

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