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Results: Oleksandr Gvozdyk knocks out Adonis Stevenson

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Oleksandr Gvozdyk is a world champion, definitively ending the reign of Adonis Stevenson in an 11th round KO.

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Oleksandr Gvozdyk def. Adonis Stevenson via KO (Round 11)

Oleksandr Gvozdyk is the new WBC Light Heavyweight champion, ending the 5 year title reign of Adonis Stevenson. And he ended that reign in style, putting the champion down and out in round 11.

For much of the fight, things were a relatively close technical battle. Stevenson started strong, taking rounds 1 and 2. The 3rd round opened with a crisp, perfect Gvozdyk counter dropping Stevenson, but the referee erroneously ruled it a slip. Gvozdyk took control from there, consistently outworking Stevenson. Round 10 was great action, with Stevenson hurting Gvozdyk and very nearly dropping him, only to see Gvozdyk come back and rally. In round 11, Gvozdyk managed to hurt Stevenson, trap him against the ropes, and unleash a combination that put the champ down and out.

With that, Gvozdyk extends his record to 16-0 and joins his former Olympic teammates Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk as a world champion. He stands beside Dmitry Bivol and Eleider Alvarez as champions in the new version of the Light Heavyweight division - a division with a very bright future indeed. Stevenson falls to 29-2-1, and at 41 years old, you have to think his time at the top is done.