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Oleksandr Gvozdyk out of hospital after loss to Artur Beterbiev

The former titleholder has a minor concussion from the stoppage defeat.

Light heavyweight world title unification boxing bout Beterbiev vs Gvozdyk in Philadelphia, US Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Former WBC light heavyweight titleholder Oleksandr Gvozdyk spent a couple of days in the hospital in Philadelphia following Friday night’s stoppage loss to Artur Beterbiev, but the 32-year-old fighter is now out and trainer Teddy Atlas tells ESPN that he has no major injuries, just a “minor concussion.”

Gvozdyk (17-1, 14 KO) was stopped in the 10th round by Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KO) in an entertaining, physical battle that saw Beterbiev unify the IBF and WBC 175-pound belts. The Ukrainian fighter had won his WBC belt last December from Adonis Stevenson, and defended in March against Doudou Ngumbu. He’ll remain a top contender in the division for now — he lost because he fought another top guy and someone had to lose, he didn’t drop a fight to some ham-and-egger or anything.

We’ll see what’s next for Gvozdyk in 2020, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him back in a world title fight next year, even if he likely takes something of a tune-up first to bounce back from his first pro defeat.

As for Beterbiev, he’s going to fight IBF mandatory challenger Meng Fanlong next, which could see him travel to China.

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