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Gvozdyk-Ngumbu official for March 30

Gvozdyk will make his first title defense in the main event.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

The expected March 30 ESPN main event between WBC light heavyweight titleholder Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Doudou Ngumbu was officially announced by Top Rank on Wednesday.

Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KO) will be making the first defense of the title he won on Dec. 1 from Adonis Stevenson. The 31-year-old Ukrainian, now fighting out of California, ended Stevenson’s long reign with an 11th round knockout.

Ngumbu (38-8, 14 KO) is a 38-year-old veteran from Congo, now living and fighting out of France. He’s been in the sport since 2007, and while a solid fighter, has always been sort of an also-ran, losing to most of the better opponents he’s faced. He’ll be the massive underdog against Gvozdyk.

The co-feature, also expected from earlier reports, will pit WBO welterweight No. 1 contender Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0, 17 KO) against hometown Philly fighter Ray Robinson (24-3, 12 KO). With a win, Kavaliauskas would keep himself in line for a shot against Terence Crawford (or Amir Khan, if Khan upsets Crawford on April 20).

Several prospects will be in action on the ESPN+-streamed prelim portion of the card, including welterweight Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (15-0, 9 KO), who will face Keita Obara (20-3-1, 18 KO). That fight is an eliminator for the IBF welterweight title, currently held by Errol Spence Jr.

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