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Gvozdik’s career… is that all? Benavidez beautifully defeated the stubborn Ukrainian

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 05:44:41

A large-scale professional boxing tournament took place in Las Vegas. On the night’s main card, viewers saw a fight for the WBC interim light heavyweight title between David Benavidez and challenger Alexander Gvozdyk.

David Benavidez is an undefeated American boxer of Mexican descent. David made his professional debut in 2013 and already proved his worth in his first fights. In the first two years of his professional career, Benavidez had 11 fights, winning all of them, 10 of them by knockout. The burly American, 188 centimeters tall, continued to knock down all of his rivals, winning local titles and rising in the world rankings. In May 2017, he knocked out Rogelio Medina and became a mandatory challenger for the WBC super middleweight world title, soon winning the belt and even managing to defend it. But then David was stripped of the title due to a failed doping test. Benavidez had to play qualifying matches again, after which the American regained his championship belt.

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After his first defense, he lost his title again: this time for failing to fit into the weight class limit. In May 2022, David became interim WBC world champion, since at that time Saúl Álvarez, who had collected all the belts, already reigned in the division. Surprisingly, David managed to defend the interim belt twice, which is extremely rare. Benavidez was considered the main contender for the fight with Canelo, but the Mexican preferred other fights and no one could force Álvarez to share the ring with David. Benavidez was so tired of waiting for Saúl that he decided to move up to light heavyweight, where he also had a fight for the WBC interim world title.

David’s opponent was the experienced Ukrainian boxer Alexander Gvozdyk. Unlike Benavidez, Alexander had a long amateur career. Gvozdyk participated in two world championships and in 2012 he won a bronze medal at the London Olympics. In 2014, Gvozdyk made his professional debut, where he confidently defeated all of his opponents. Gradually, the level of Gvozdik’s opposition increased, but Alexander continued his winning streak. In 2018, he won the WBC interim light heavyweight world title and then became a full title holder, defeating Adonis Stevenson. Gvozdyk made a defense of the belt, after which he faced Artur Beterbiev, was knocked out in the tenth round and suffered his first defeat in the professional ring. After that, Gvozdyk did not appear in the ring for a long time, but in February 2023, Alexander unexpectedly resumed his career: over the past year, the Ukrainian has won three victories and earned the right to challenge for the title of interim world champion.

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At the beginning of the fight, Gvozdyk worked well from distance, demonstrated good footwork and routinely interrupted the American. Benavidez increased the pressure, tried to shorten the distance with the jab and invested in powerful individual blows, including to the body. David definitely relied on his physical strength, but Gvozdyk coped with these terrible blows in the first rounds, and Alexander interrupted his opponent from a distance.

The boxers did not choose the highest pace; David constantly put pressure on the Ukrainian, worked a lot on the body: at the end of the third round, the score in body blows was 30-4 in favor of Benavidez. Gradually, David increased the pressure more and more, forcing Alexander to retreat further and further and the Ukrainian found it difficult to contain his opponent from a distance. At the end of the fourth round, David managed to shake Gvozdyk, the Ukrainian had to crash into the ropes, after which the gong was rung. But this was the first alarm signal for Alejandro.

David Benavidez – Alexander Gvozdyk

Photo: Steve Marcus/Getty Images

After close first rounds, Benavidez fully exploited the advantage, applying constant pressure and out-hitting Gvozdyk. Furthermore, David invested in every blow, while the Ukrainian only indicated retaliatory attacks and acted mainly with a jab. At times, Alexander tried to explode in series, but that didn’t bother Benavidez at all: he continued to pressure the Ukrainian.

It should be noted that Gvozdyk hit the block and air a lot, while Benavidez threw his punches at the target: in the seventh round, David’s advantage in the number of blows delivered doubled. David had the initiative in the second half of the match and continued to press. Yes, Alejandro moved well, he resisted his opponent’s blows well, but that was not enough to win. In moments, David took a break and let Gvozdyk work as the first number, but at the same time Benavidez turned on at the end of the rounds and took away episodes. In the final rounds, the pace of the fight slowed, which was to Alexander’s advantage; David no longer put as much pressure on him, but it was still the American who was more effective.

In the 11th round, Benavidez got involved again, he hit the body a lot, worked in series and Gvozdyk had a hard time. In one of the episodes, David hit Alexander with a left hook, the Ukrainian was driven away, but at the same time remained on his feet. In the final round, each of the boxers wanted to win the final, but there was not much strength left.

The fight lasted the entire distance. David Benavidez took the victory by unanimous decision and fought with confidence. 116-112, 117-111, 119-109 – this is exactly the score that was on the judges’ cards. Now the American is the interim WBC light heavyweight champion and is the main contender for a fight with Russian champions Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev.

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