Oleksandr 'The Nail' Gvozdyk will be doing his bit on BoxNation when he makes the first defence of his WBC World Light-Heavyweight Title against Doudou Ngumbu at Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena on Saturday 30th March.
Ukraine’s 2012 Olympic bronze medallist won his title when he traveled to Quebec City in December and, behind on two of the three judges’ scorecards, knocked out longtime Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson in the 11th round.
The Lineal Champion, 31, has now become the man to defeat in a division that has brought so much excitement to BoxNation subscribers.
Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KOs) climbed the rankings with dominant wins over the likes of Nadjib Mohammedi and Yunieski Gonzalez and became Stevenson’s mandatory challenger after beating Mehdi Amar.
"It was a long journey for me to become a World Champion, and I plan on showing everyone why I am the best Light-Heavyweight in the world," Gvozdyk said.
"Ngumbu is a tough fighter who I cannot afford to overlook. My goal in 2019 is to unify with the other champions, but before I can do that, I have to take care of business on March 30th."
French star Ngumbu (38-8, 14 KOs) caused a big upset in his last outing in May, outpointing unbeaten Yoann Kongolo to claim a WBC fringe title.
Ngumbu, 37, said: "I have the utmost respect for Oleksandr Gvozdyk, a great Champion who took the WBC Title in a war against Adonis Stevenson. It is not going to be easy, but I believe I am much more experienced as a pro and I intend to use that to my advantage."
In a 10-rounder on the bill Gvozdyk’s stablemate, leading Welterweight contender Egidijus 'Mean Machine' Kavaliauskas (21-0 17 KOs), will take on local southpaw Ray Robinson (24-3, 12 KOs).
Lithuanian Kavaliauskas is becoming a popular fighter on the Channel of Champions and is closing in on a World Title fight.
He said: "This is the year that I fight for, and win, a Welterweight World Title. I am ready for anybody, including the Crawford-Khan winner. I will show everyone in Philadelphia and watching what the ‘Mean Machine’ is all about."