Tag: Adonis Stevenson

A Constant Reminder to the Boxing Community (the Triumphs & Tragedies Associated with Boxing)

By Tré Berry III🖋️

If you ask random people the question “what makes boxing great?” you will get a wide range of interesting, and incredible answers; Some answers will delve straight to the point, and others will make you think and view it all from a different perspective. For me, boxing’s greatness is rooted in the competitive spirit, and it is intertwined with what I call coordinated violence where the spirit, the heart and the brain works cohesively on full display as boxers not only set out to win their fights, but to give the best representation of themselves while they are actively at work inside the ropes… Continue reading “A Constant Reminder to the Boxing Community (the Triumphs & Tragedies Associated with Boxing)”

The Nail Turns Out To Be Superman’s Kryptonite

AND THE NEW!

Ladies & gentlemen, we have a brand new Lineal/WBC Light-Heavyweight Champion…..

Oleksandr Gvozdyk (16 – 0 – 0, 13KO) was able to shrug off a rusty, tentative start in which he found himself losing the first two rounds while establishing his range and rhythm, dominating the middle rounds en-route to a devastating knockout victory over the now-former Lineal Champ Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson (29 – 2 – 1, 24KO) in the 11th round.

Gvozdyk early on exhibited some uncharacteristic, new side-to-side movement, courtesy of new Trainer Teddy Atlas, with the plan of keeping Stevenson off-balanced, circling away from his vaunted left hand, and giving him unpredictable looks, while Gvozdyk established a comfortable range to counter-punch. Stevenson was finding some success in the 1st half of the fight landing his big left hand, but Gvozdyk in mid-fight made the necessary adjustments, which made it more difficult as time passed for Adonis to find the target with it. Gvozdyk was also able to for the most part nullify Stevenson’s check-right hook in close range.

As Gvozdyk was tallying up the points, Stevenson ramped up the activity around the 9th round, and was effective in pulling off the 9th & 10th rounds in our estimation. During that 10th round, Adonis finally found a home for a sledge-hammer left hand that had Oleksandr on the way down, however the ropes stopped his momentum, preventing Olek from hitting the canvas. Appearing hurt for the next minute and on shaky legs, he successfully held on and evaded the big shots fired en-route to getting his legs back. As Gvozdyk regained his cognition, he finished the round strong with a beautiful combination, as it was an indicator that he will be there to the end.

The 11th round, Gvozdyk with surgical precision let off combination after combination, landing nearly everything he threw, from the set-up shots, to the thudding shots that followed. He hurt Stevenson badly with a straight right hand, and went all-out in full aggression mode, pummeling the Champion in the corner and delivering the devastating knockout for what is clearly thee signature moment of his professional career.

With this stand-out performance, the man nicknamed ‘The Nail’, Gvozdyk has put his best foot forward, and has established himself as thee man in the division by obtaining the Lineal distinction. In what is a division that is as deep as nearly any in boxing today, he has a wide range of top-notch opposition sitting in front of him, who now will want to take up a mega fight with him in efforts of becoming the man themselves. As for Stevenson, one now has to wonder, at the age of 41, a 5-year run coming to a close, and new blood taking over the elite climate of the division, he may just call it quits at this point, but who knows, maybe he will call for a re-match. Whatever his decision in the near future will be, we will keep you posted on what he decides to do. Hats off to the brand new Champion.

Atlas teams with Gvozdyk for Stevenson fight

When undefeated WBC interim Light Heavyweight titlist Oleksandr Gvodyk (15-0-0, 12KO) takes on WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson (29-1-1, 24KO) Saturday night in Quebec, it will be under the guidance of his new trainer Teddy Atlas. Atlas replaces Gvozdyk’s former trainer Marco Contreras.

“Oleksandr was looking to step up and be trained by Teddy,” said Egis Klimas who manages Gvozdyk. “I know Teddy for a long time. He’s not committing just because. He thought about this very deeply. It wasn’t an easy decision for him to make. When he spent time with Oleksandr, with his family and in the gym, it looks like they clicked.”

“I wanted to meet him and his family,” Atlas said. “So I did. I met him, spent two days with him, we watched film, had lunch and dinner on the first day, and then we spent the second day in the gym working together. I met his family. He has three young children and a wife, and I trust Egis as a person. I told him that the first prerequisite to even entertaining the thought of coming back to training is if I thought they were good people. If I didn’t think that, I wouldn’t even entertain it.”

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Oleksandr Gvozdyk will have long time trainer Teddy Atlas in his corner on Saturday night when he takes on WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson.

 

“That is the first thing — do I want to spend time with this person? And I felt that I would want to be around a person like that. And then the next thing was can I help him and is he conducive to being trained? Will he allow himself to be coached? The answer was yes from what I could see, and they’re asking for my help, so can I help him? I feel I can help him.”

Atlas, who last worked with Tim Bradley for his fight with Brandon Rios in 2015, said he also had to make sure he himself was in it 100% before he took on the job.

“I had to ask myself, ‘Am I ready to do this again?’ Are you emotionally ready to do this again? I’ve been training fighters since I was a kid, since I was 21 years old training [Hall of Famer] Wilfred Benitez. That took me a couple of weeks to decide. It’s not something to decide on in a couple of days. And after all these years training fighters, your neck hurts, your shoulder, the back hurts. ”

Klimas said Gvozdyk’s decision to move on from Contreras was not a personal one.

“Oleksandr just felt like it was time for him to step up, and this is a championship bout and he just was looking for an opportunity to learn more and have more attention.”

It will be interesting to see the dynamic Atlas brings to Gvozdyk on Saturday night.