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Gvozdyk vs Ngumbu: Live streaming results and round by round coverage

Oleksandr Gvozdyk makes his first title defense against Doudou Ngumbu on ESPN.

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Oleksandr Gvozdyk returns to the ring tonight in Philadelphia, making the first defense of his WBC light heavyweight title against Doudou Ngumbu in the main event on ESPN.

The action starts at 6 pm ET with the prelim bouts streaming live on ESPN+, and continues at 10 pm ET with the main card on ESPN.

Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KO) is coming off of a December stoppage of Adonis Stevenson, ending Stevenson’s long 175-pound title reign. Ngumbu (38-8, 14 KO) isn’t much of a challenge on paper, a 37-year-old veteran who has always been a level below the top tier of the light heavyweight division.

The co-feature will see welterweight contender Egidijus Kavaliauskas (21-0, 17 KO) look to take perhaps a final step toward a world title shot, as he faces Ray Robinson (24-3, 12 KO) in a 10-round bout.

The big fight on the prelim portion of the show is an IBF welterweight eliminator between Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (15-0, 9 KO) and Keita Obara (20-3-1, 18 KO). That looks like it’s scheduled for the middle of the prelims, too, so if you’re looking to see it, don’t tune in late assuming it’ll be the last fight before the main card, because it doesn’t appear that it will be.

Wil Esco will be on the call tonight. Here’s the rest of the card:

  • Sonny Conto (1-0, 1 KO) vs Omar Acosta (1-5, 1 KO), heavyweights, 4 rounds
  • Jose Lopez (11-1, 9 KO) vs Askhat Ualikhanov (4-1, 2 KO), junior welterweights, 8 rounds
  • Fredrick Lawson (27-1, 21 KO) vs Juan Ruiz (21-4, 13 KO), welterweights, 8 rounds
  • Christian Mbilli (13-0, 13 KO) vs Humberto Gutierrez (33-7-2, 22 KO), middleweights, 8 rounds
  • Cassius Chaney (14-0, 8 KO) vs Christian Mariscal (12-2, 5 KO), heavyweights, 6 rounds
  • Donald Smith (8-0, 5 KO) vs Jose Antonio Martinez (11-17, 6 KO), super featherweights, 6 rounds
  • Jeremy Adorno (debut) vs Sebastian Baltazar (1-3, 0 KO), super bantamweights, 4 rounds


  • OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK def. DOUDOU NGUMBU by TKO (0:58 of Round 5)
  • EGIDIJIUS KAVALIAUSKAS and RAY ROBINSON fight to Majority Draw (97-93 Robinson, 95-95, 95-95)



Round 1: Gvozdyk comes out to center ring and shows a number of feints before throwing a jab to the body. Clean jab lands upstairs for Gvozdyk. Now Gvozdyk attacks with a left hook and right hand but can’t land it clean. Lead left to the body lands for Gvozdyk as Ngumbu lands a glancing blow to the head. Left hook makes contact for Gvozdyk upstairs. Right hand lead lands for Gvozdyk. Gvozdyk 10-9.

Round 2: Gvozdyk comes out with several stiff jabs at center ring, holding position. Left hook lands clean for Gvozdyk upstairs. Ngumbu eats another jab to the body as his jittery style has him looking unsure of himself. Jab land for Gvozdyk to the head. Ngumbu tries two hooks to the body as Gvozdyk covers up. Gvozdyk gets back to stalking and lands a right hand to the body. Another right hand lands downstairs for Gvozdyk. Gvozdyk 10-9, 20-18.

Round 3: Gvozdyk leads with a right hand that Ngumbu defends. Ngumbu tries a one-two but can’t land it well. Three-punch combination comes from Gvozdyk as he had Ngumbu backed up. Ngumbu throws a couple of grazing shots.Jab and left hook lands for Gvozdyk at center ring. Another lead left hook partially lands for Gvozdyk. Ngumbu jumps in Gvozdyk’s chest and ties him up. Gvozdyk 10-9.

Round 4: Ngumbu ducks a couple of shots from Gvozdyk. The referee warns Ngumbu about excessive holding. Right hand to the body lands for Gvozdyk, then another. Combiantion comes from Gvozdyk once he gets Ngumbu in the corner. Now Ngumbu throws a jab to the body. Right hand lead lands for Gvozdyk again as Ngumbu takes an awkward step in. Hard left hook lands for Gvozdyk upstairs, Ngumbu takes it well and then mugs at Gvozdyk. Gvozdyk 10-9, 40-36.

Round 5: Gvozdyk comes out pressing Ngumbu and Ngumbu looks to hold Gvozdyk by the waist to stall the action. Left lands for Gvozdyk upstairs, then a right to the body. Ngumbu misses on a wild right hand. Ngumbu walks around and looks like he hurts his own right leg with no contact made. This is bizzare! It might be a cramp in his calf. The referee is giving Ngumbu 5 minutes to recover for some odd reason, I don’t know how this is justifiable under the rules. This should already be a TKO win for Gvozdyk but Ngumbu is being given a chance to recover. Now someone from ringside lets the referee know the actual rules of the sport. Gvozdyk TKO-5.


Round 1: Robinson misses on a lead jab. Kavaliauskas presses foreard and slips measuring shots from Robinson. Kavaliauskas jabs to the body. Another jab to the body comes from Kavaliauskas, who continues to stalk Robinson around the ring. Robinson circling towards Kavaliauskas’s power right hand but he hasn’t paid for it yet. Right hook lands well for Robinson. Double right hand comes from Kavaliauskas as Robinson covers up. Straight left to the body comes from Robinson, who then sticks out another jab. Feel out round, but I think Robinson landed the best punch of the round. Robinson 10-9.

Round 2: Kavaliauskas comes out and puts a lot of pressure on Robinson. Both fighters flick out a few jabs but neither land too clean. Kavaliauskas jumps in and gets in a short right hand to the body. Robinson has consistently been on the move which hasn’t given Kavaliauskas a lot of chances to set his feet. Kavaliauskas continues to get closer and closer though, and it might not be long before he lets go some of his power punches. Jab lands on the outside for Robinson. I think Robinson has been effective at keeping Kavaliauskas from getting off and boxing pretty well. Robinson 10-9, 20-18.

Round 3: Robinson tries to meet Kavaliauskas’ forward momentum with a big left hand but doesn’t land it clean. Jab and right hand lands for Robinson. Jabs from Robinson have largely been stalling Kavaliauskas’ offense, even when they’re not landing. Kavaliauskas throws a combination but Robinson defends it pretty well. Counter left hand lands for Robinson. Lead left to the body lands for Kavaliauskas this time. Robinson keeps busy with his jab and then covers up. Kavaliauskas lands a good couple shots to end the round. That might’ve stole the round for him. Kavaliauskas 10-9.

Round 4: Kavaliauskas comes out pressuring quickly and then jabs to the body. Robinson doubles up on the jab and scores. Jab to the body lands again for Kavaliauskas, then a third. Right hand lead partially lands for Kavaliauskas. Now Kavaliauskas throws two hard body shots once he gets Robinson on the ropes. Kavaliauskas counters with a left hook that glances off of Robinson. Robinson has been boxing well but I think Kavaliauskas landed the better shots of the round. Kavaliauskas 10-9, 38-38.

Round 5: Kavaliauskas jabs twice and slips his head side-to-side as he tries to walk in on Robinson. Robinson jabs twice but misses. Kavaliauskas lands a right hand upstairs. Now Robinson lands a clean jab to the head. Kavaliauskas attacks back and lands a couple of clean punches in a combination. Robinson isn’t moving laterally as much and Kavaliauskas is starting to take advantage. Left hand to the body partially lands for Robinson. Right hand from Kavaliauskas comes back upstairs and knocks Robinson back. Another combination comes from Kavaliauskas with Robinson back on the ropes. Robinson misses on a long left hand shortly before the bell. Kavaliauskas 10-9.

Round 6: Robinson tries to lead with a right hook that misses, but he’s able to avoid Kavaliauskas’ counter attack. Left hand partially lands for Robinson this time. Hard straight left lands downstairs for Robinson. Hard right hand clips Robinson upstairs. Robinson partially lands a jab but it didn’t have much snap on it. Counter right hand lands for Kavaliauskas again. He’s been timing his right hand to follow Robinson’s left. Kavaliauskas 10-9, 58-56.

Round 7: Kavaliauskas steps forward and falls into a clinch with Robinson. Robinson misses on a straight left hand. Kavaliauskas throws a short flurry on the inside but can’t land much clean. Jab lands for Kavaliauskas as he catches Robinson leaning to his left. Straight right to the body lands for Kavaliauskas. Robinson lands a jab but misses on the uppercut that followed. I think Robinson takes this round. Robinson 10-9.

Round 8: Robinson misses on a left hand to the body. Kavaliauskas comes forward and lands a right hand on the chin. Kavaliauskas misses on the next one but then partially lands a third one that came right after — Robinson shakes his head. Robinson misses on two jabs, then a third, but parries Kavaliauskas’ counter jab. Left hand from Kavaliauskas partially lands upstairs. Now Kavaliauskas lands a lead left hook to the body. Right hand from Kavaliauskas goes right through Robinson’s guard. Kavaliauskas 10-9, 77-75.

Round 9: Robinson tries a lead left hand but he doesn’t have much power on it. Both fighters trade shots but neither find a clean target. Left hook lands upstairs for Kavaliauskas. Kavaliauskas charges in but Robinson catches him with a counter right hook. Right hand from Kavaliauskas partially lands. Kavaliauskas tries a huge right hand but misses. I think Robinson largely outboxed Kavaliauskas in this round. Robinson 10-9.

Round 10: Kavaliauskas lands a left hand to open the round. Jab lands for Robinson at center ring. Kavaliauskas counters Robinson’s next jab. Ronbins throws a big left to the body and gets in a right hook to the head. Robinson comes forward and attacks with a couple of punches. Kavaliauskas jumps in but can’t land a clean shot before winding up in a clinch. Right hand lands for Kavaliauskas. Jab lands again for Robinson, then another. Kavaliauskas lunges with a couples shots that don’t land clean. Kavaliauskas partially lands a left hook but I think Robinson takes this round. Robinson 10-9. I’ve got it a 95-95 draw.

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