What to Watch: October 18-19

By Caryn A. Tate on October 17, 2019
What to Watch: October 18-19
Neither Beterbiev or Gvozdyk have faced anyone quite like the other since turning pro.

The world title unification bout between Beterbiev and Gvozdyk should be a fantastic fight, and there’s obviously a lot on the line for both boxers…

Join me as I break down which of the week’s televised fights are most interesting and why.

Friday, October 18
3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET - ESPN+: Beterbiev vs. Gvozdyk undercards

7:00pm PT/10:00pm ET - ESPN+
Artur Beterbiev (14-0, 14 KOs) vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-0, 14 KOs) - 12 rounds, IBF/WBC world light heavyweight titles; Luis Collazo (39-7, 20 KOs) vs. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (16-0, 9 KOs) - 10 rounds, welterweight

The world title unification bout between Beterbiev and Gvozdyk should be a fantastic fight, and there’s obviously a lot on the line for both boxers.

Beterbiev, the IBF world champion, has an impressive 100% knockout ratio, but his resume is deep: he fought a former world champion, Tavoris Cloud, in only his sixth pro fight. He won the world title in his 12th. As an amateur, he’s a 2008 and 2012 Olympian with a reported record of 295-5.

Gvozdyk is the WBC world titleholder who won the belt last December from longtime champion Adonis Stevenson. As an amateur, Gvozdyk is a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist with a reported record of 225-30.

Beterbiev doesn’t move his feet much, but his positioning is typically on point. He sets up his punches well and fights on the inside surprisingly well for an Eastern European fighter (typically, boxers who came up learning to box in Eastern Europe aren’t taught much about fighting in close range). He’s shown he has a lot of dog, and because of his pressure style, he does get hit occasionally.

Gvozdyk utilizes volume and athletic movement, and he likes to keep his opponent on the outside of his punches. He’s a patient and thoughtful fighter who has very good timing.

Neither Beterbiev or Gvozdyk have faced anyone quite like the other since turning pro, though certainly as amateurs they saw everything. With Beterbiev’s age being 34 and Gvozdyk being 32, this bout becomes even more of a proving ground for both men.

I suspect the first few rounds are close, but I expect Beterbiev’s pressure to begin to get to Gvozdyk in the middle to late rounds. Almost entirely due to temperament differences, I think Beterbiev wins this one, either by late stoppage or a decision.

Saturday, October 19
11:00am PT/2:00pm ET – DAZN
Lewis Ritson (19-1, 12 KOs) vs. Robbie Davies (19-1, 13 KOs) - 12 rounds, super lightweight; Ted Cheeseman (15-1-1, 9 KOs) vs. Scott Fitzgerald (13-0, 9 KOs) - 12 rounds, super welterweight

6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET - UFC Fight Pass
Cody Crowley (17-0, 9 KOs) vs. Mian Hussain (16-1, 6 KOs) - 12 rounds, super welterweight; Tony Luis (28-3, 10 KOs) vs. Ricardo Lara (22-6, 10 KOs) - 8 rounds, lightweight

7:30pm PT/10:30pm ET - Golden Boy Facebook page
Oscar Duarte (17-1-1, 12 KOs) vs. Richard Solano (20-2-2-, 13 KOs) - 10 rounds, lightweight

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  1. Ted Sares 07:31am, 10/19/2019

    Artur = beast

    Reminds me of a Marciano. Relentless, solid chin, and uncommon stamina.

  2. Joe G. 07:07am, 10/19/2019

    @don….. Good call. Your prediction deserves recognition along with the excellent work of Caryn.

  3. Joe G. 02:20am, 10/19/2019

    Excellent prediction and analysis Caryn. On point!

  4. don from prov 04:24am, 10/18/2019

    Another great article/analysis—and I agree with Ms. Tate’s prediction.

  5. Joe G. 07:48pm, 10/17/2019

    Great comments guys.
    @Ted I was leaning towards “The Nail” nailing it down late as well. If not a late stoppage, a definitive win. Love Beterbiev and his corner though. I think Iceman is still with him. Great guy right there. Just really looking forward to this fight.
    @Koolz with you as well and didn’t go into that. They are still there though… Lots of great fights. Gildo Ramirez made the jump. Lucas Browne is still there. Who was the trainer out Stillmans who said “a weight needs at least 8 ‘solid’ fighters to make it a good class.” May be as close as we get along with the current Welters (the glamour division).

  6. Your Name 06:13pm, 10/17/2019

    With a KO percentage of 100%, Beterbiev has answered the bell for very few rounds, only 52 to be exact. This could weigh against him

  7. Ted Sares 06:08pm, 10/17/2019

    Prediction: Gvozdyk’s superior boxing skills should begin to bear fruit in the mid to late rounds when a frustrated Beterbiev is forced to take risks for which he will pay dearly. I see “The Nail” winning by late stoppage or by UD.

  8. Ted Sares 06:08pm, 10/17/2019

    The 6’0” Beterbiev’s style is one of a stalking aggressor and he is especially dangerous when his opponent engages him in a heated exchange as that allows him to land one of his heavy-handed bombs. To use an old cliché, Artur has “bricks in his fists.” He also is dangerous when he is stunned as Callum Johnson discovered.

    Some say Beterbiev’s chin is a question mark but his style allows an opponent to nail him (no pun intended) as he moves in. That may well be more a function of his go-forward movement than it is any weakness in his chin.

    Conversely, The Nail is a very accurate and powerful puncher and is technically (and defensively) more sound than the bludgeoning Russian. He uses a super-fast jab and counters with sharp stuff. This 6’2” slickster combines exceptional speed and deceptive power. He is patient, relaxed, and fluid.

    Has Gvozdyk’s psyche been altered by the events of his December 2018 fight with Adonis Stevenson wherein Adonis (thankfully now recovering) was severely injured? While The Nail was somewhat stymied by his last opponent, Doudou Ngumbu, the thinking here is that that had more to do with Ngumbu’s awkwardness than anything else—-and that the Stevenson matter is mostly in the past. In short, the Nail’s focus on Friday should be right where it should be.

    With a KO percentage of 100%, Beterbiev has answered the bell for very few rounds, only 52 to be exact. This could weigh against him.

  9. Koolz 04:18pm, 10/17/2019

    I always wanted to see Beterbiev vs Kovalev or vs Bivol.

    I don’t think Beterbiev can out box Gvozdyk.  Him and Atlas will have good plan and will win on points.

    There might be a knock down in this fight.  Was surprised in Beterbiev’s last fight that was close and he even got knocked down.  I see Gvozdyk having even more success then Beterbiev’s last opponent did.
    Still like Beterbiev and these are all really close fights at this weight class!

  10. Joe G. 04:00pm, 10/17/2019

    Caryn, the main card tomorrow (Friday) is on ESPN. No ESPN+ which is a great fight for a Friday night in the States. One of the most intriguing weight classes out there.