Arum on Beterbiev-Gvozdyk: ‘This could very well be the fight of the year’

In boxing, unification is a great thing, and on October 18 at the  Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, WBC light heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk and IBF light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev will battle it out to see who will be one of the top guys at 175. 

Gvozdyk and Beterbiev have a combined record of 31-0 with 28 knockouts, which means we could have some fireworks in Philly. 

“This could very well be the “Fight of the Year,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “These are two evenly matched, undefeated light heavyweight champions. There is nothing better in the sport of boxing.”

Gvozdyk (17-0, 14 KOs) is no stranger to Philadelphia, he made his first defense of his title in the “City of Brotherly Love” last December when he stopped Doudou Ngumbu, and he expects to give the fans another great show on October 18. 

“My first goal was to win a light heavyweight world title. Now, I want to unify the belts, and that mission starts with Artur Beterbiev,” Gvozdyk said. “This is going to be a spectacular fight, one that the fans will enjoy. The fans asked for this fight, and we will deliver. One thing I know is that I will be the unified champion.”

Beating Beterbiev(14-0, 14 KOs) won’t be easy for Gvozdyk. In 14 fights, Beterbiev has 14 KOs, and he wants nothing more than another belt at 175.  

 “This will be a great fight between the two champions who aspire to become the undisputed light heavyweight world champion,” Beterbiev said. “I am looking forward to stepping into the ring on October 18.”

This will be a terrific fight, and just as Arum said, this could be the “Fight of the Year.” It should be very interesting to see how this one plays out.