The heavy punches of Artur Beterbiev proved to be the telling factor as he stopped former WBC light-heavyweight champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk to retain his IBF title and win the WBC version. After three knockdowns in the 10th round referee, Gary Rosato called a halt to proceedings. Gvozdyk was ahead on two of the judge's scorecards.
Things started badly for Gvozdyk when he was thrown to the canvas in the 1st round only for referee Rosato to call it a knockdown. This was overruled by Pennsylvania's boxing commissioner Greg Sirb at the end of the round.
It was a close fight right up until the ending. Both boxers looked capable of producing the stoppage, but it was Beterbiev that seemed the physically stronger of the two as well as the heavier puncher.
The new unified champion said afterwards that he would like to further unify the world titles by facing the winner of the November 2nd Sergey Kovalev vs Canelo Alvarez match or WBA titlist Dimitry Bivol.
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