Unbeaten WBC 175 pound kingpin Oleksandr Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KOs) has just gotten an official date for his inaugural title defense. The Ukranian will headline a March 30th card on ESPN that will air on ESPN. The exact venue still hasn’t been officially determined, an official decision will be made between Temple’s University Liacouras Center or the famous 2300 Arena. It’s now known why Top Rank wants to put Gvozdyk’s fight in Philadelphia. It’s a great fight city but hasn’t traditionally been home to big-time title fights and Gvozdyk has no known ties to the fighting city. Gvozdyk is a 2012 Olympic Ukrainian bronze medallist Gvozdyk and has grown somewhat of a fan base in the U.S. and is considered by some the best light heavyweight since his breakthrough performance against Adonis Stevenson last December.
Within one week of each other, both Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman defended their versions of the WBA strap. Considering that things now line up perfectly it only makes sense that the two meet up to decide who is the real WBA Champ. That may come to fruition sooner rather than later. A matchmaker at Pacquiao Promotions called Sean Gibbons said “We fight and work with Al Haymon. And if the senator directs that he wants to fight Keith Thurman, if he wants to fight Danny Garcia or if he wants to fight any welterweights in the PBC, we will go to Mr. Al Haymon and work on putting a deal together,” and added the ease of making the Broner fight“We made the Adrien Broner in just about 10 minutes, so we’ll make the next one nine minutes. There is nothing difficult when you work with Al Haymon. It is smooth sailing in life. He is the best guy you can work in the business.” Both fighters seem open to the fight, however, both fighters are highly inactive and neither fighter has fought more than once a year in the past several years.
The highly anticipated showdown between WBA Super Featherweight champ Gervonta “Tank” Davis and former three-weight division champ Abner Mares is officially off. Mars has pulled out of the fight due to injury. The fight was scheduled for February 9 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The fight was too headline a tripleheader televised by Showtime. The fight is nearly sold out and Daivs wants to fight, in addition, there are about 15 total fights on the card. So all parties want the card to go on as scheduled and find a suitable replacement for Mares. No name has circulated yet but a search for a replacement is on.