Oleksandr Gvozdyk, set to win

The London 2012 Olympic Bronze medallist has had another good season in World Series of Boxing (WSB). Currently ranked 6th in the Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) category, Gvozdyk has four wins from four bouts this year, taking him to 8-0 in WSB across two seasons.

A disciplined fighter, Oleksandr gives the impression that he always has a game plan. He fights with in a well organised and systematic style but having knocked out Vladimir Cheles (Azerbaijan Baku Fires) in the quarter-finals, he has demonstrated that he also has the power to end a fight suddenly. As his highlight reel shows, his left hook is extremely dangerous, especially when thrown as a sudden counter attack after covering up. If he can keep his work rate at its usual level, he will be a force to reckon with.

“Among many pleasant and bright moments of the season, I can single out our last win in Kiev [against Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder] that sent the team into the finals as the best moment”, says Gvozdyk.

“The preparation [for the WSB Team Finals] is going well,” he assures us. “We have been preparing for this throughout the season so we will be ready and the team is set to win”.

As for his personal best performance, he is more modest: “I leave the judging of my fights to my coaches and you can also ask the supporters of the Otamans this question. I just do what I have to do and try my best every time”.

Though he has been unbeaten so far in WSB he singled out Benchabla as his most difficult opponent this season. The unorthodox and elusive Italia Thunder star stood his ground well against Gvozdyk, with both fighters landing very heavy blows throughout the fight. The powers of endurance and technical class of both fighters made it one of the best bouts of the season so far.

One thing is sure whoever, Gvozdyk is paired with in the Finals, we can expect another explosive performance from this stylish and durable Ukrainian.