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Oleksandr Gvozdyk to make first title defense on March 30

The WBC light heavyweight titleholder will fight in Philadelphia.

Nadjib Mohammedi v Oleksandr Gvozdyk Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Oleksandr Gvozdyk will make the first defense of his WBC light heavyweight title on March 30 in Philadelphia, with the fight taking place either at Liacouras Center or 2300 Arena.

The show will be a Top Rank on ESPN card, and Gvozdyk’s fight will be the main event.

Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KO) won the title on Dec. 1 in Quebec City, stopping long-reigning Adonis Stevenson in the 11th round. The 31-year-old, originally from Ukraine and now based in California, has risen to the top of the division after just four years as a pro.

There’s no opponent named yet, but Gvozdyk does have a mandatory challenger in Marcus Browne (23-0, 16 KO), coming off of Browne’s Jan. 19 win over Badou Jack on the Pacquiao-Broner undercard. We know Browne wants the fight, but that may be tough to set up so quickly, especially with Browne being a PBC fighter.

Otherwise, the top rated WBC contenders right now are Igor Mikhalkin (22-2, 10 KO), European champion Dominic Boesel (28-1, 10 KO), Sullivan Barrera (22-2, 14 KO), Isaac Chilemba (25-6-2, 10 KO), Blake Caparello (28-3-1, 12 KO), and Doudou Ngumbu (38-8, 14 KO). None of those names or the next few in the rankings (Sven Fornling, Seanie Monaghan, Enrico Koelling) are particularly exciting names, but the rankings are what they are.

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