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Oleksandr Gvozdyk-Artur Beterbiev lands in Philadelphia

The fight will unify the WBC and IBF light heavyweight titles

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Philadelphia’s Liacouras Center lost a big-name fight for this upcoming Saturday when Carl Frampton got into an unexpected tussle with a concrete pillar, but things aren’t all bad for it. The arena is set to host the October 18th light heavyweight unification bout between Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Artur Beterbiev with Luis Collazo as the co-feature.

Gvozdyk (17-0, 14 KO) holds the WBC light heavyweight title, which he claimed from Adonis last December and defended with an injury stoppage of Doudou Ngumbu in March. Beterbiev (14-0, 14 KO) knocked out Enrico Koelling for his IBF belt in 2017, and in true Beterbiev fashion, has managed just two defenses against Callum Johnson and Radivoje Kalajdzic.

As we’ve said before, this is the good sh*t, a clash of elite finishers with killer instincts and quality skills with which to deliver their devastating payloads.

According to ESPN, Collazo (39-7, 20 KO) could either face Jose Benavidez Jr. or that indefatigable warhorse, TBD. He and Benavidez were set to go at it on the 17th of this month before Benavidez re-injured his right leg, so his recovery progress (and legal troubles) will determine whether he joins the card.

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