Oleksandr Gvozdyk halts Adonis Stevenson in eleven, wins WBC title
Oleksandr Gvozdyk halted the long reign of Adonis Stevenson with an eleventh round stoppage in Quebec City.
‘The Nail’ saw an opportunity late on and took it as Stevenson struggled to deal with the youth and power of the Ukrainian.
Stevenson began well in the opening couple of sessions but was caught by Gvozdyk in the third and put down. Referee Michael Griffin didn’t see it and wrongly ruled it a slip.
Despite the setback, Stevenson got back into it in the fourth using his wily old ways to keep out of trouble.
Gvozdyk continued to press for an opening as Stevenson attempted to nick the rounds late on.
The end came suddenly and sees Gvozdyk crowned the new WBC light-heavyweight champion.
An impressive victory sees Gvozdyk join former World Series of Boxing team mates Oleksandr Usyk and Vasyl Lomachenko on the world stage.
Heavyweight prospect Oleksandr Teslenko opened the show as the Canadian-based Ukrainian dropped Edson Cesar Antonio in the second before finishing him off in the third.
Teslenko is now 15-0 as a pro, whilst Antonio suffered an eighth loss from 49 contests.
Following Teslenko was a ten-round super-middleweight bout featuring Shakeel Phinn and the undefeated Dario Bredicean.
Bredicean was defending a 17-0 record coming into the encounter but was frustrated by Phinn at times.
A close battle ensued and was touch and go into the scorecards. In the end, two judges carded 95-95 even with a third handing the result to Phinn.
There could now be a rematch between the pair after a majority draw verdict.
In a six-rounder also at 168 pounds, Aaron Pryor Jr claimed the 21st victory of his career with a decisive decision over Gilberto Pereira dos Santos.
All three cards read 59-53 in favor of Pryor.
Oscar Rivas improved to 25-0, and in the process ended Fabio Maldonado’s perfect record.
Rivas put Maldonado on the canvas midway through the fight before seeing out a wide points win 100-89 and 99-90 twice.