Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs Doudou Ngumbu is an interesting match-up. Gvozdyk has been improving and giving good to great performances with the highlight of his career coming when he beat Adonis Stevenson and won the WBC light heavyweight title. He was trained by Teddy Atlas for that fight and the gameplan they had worked perfectly. He seems to be improving under the guidance of Atlas who still is his head trainer. Doudou Ngumbu is tough and normally durable as he has only been stopped in 1 of his 8 losses. He beat an undefeated guy with 11-0 in his last fight by a close majority decision which shows he had difficulties in the fight. In the bout before that he lost to Igor mikhalkin who is a decent boxer but no where near elite. The results from those two fights along with other factors tells us that he wont have a chance against Gvozdyk. Oleksandr “the nail” Gvozdyk is just simply too big, too good and too complete for Ngumbu. Besides that you have to factor In that Top Rank has had the best matchmaking in the history of the sport. They rarely lose a 1st title defense. It is very likely Gvozdyk gets the stoppage within 6 rounds and if it happens to go the distance he will win close to every round. The Pick is Oleksandr Gvozdyk to retain his title with a dominant performance.
The Pick: Oleksandr Gvozdyk Winner