Oleksandr Gvozdyk to continue momentum on Crawford-Indongo undercard
By Kelly Owen
Published: August 15, 2017
Ukrainian Olympic bronze medalist, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, will face off against Texan Craig Baker in a light heavyweight match-up that will co-feature on the upcoming Crawford-Indongo main event at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Gvozdyk (13-0, 11KOs) most recently delivered an impressive third round knockout against Yunieski Gonazlez on the undercard of the Lomachenko-Sosa bout on April 8th of this year. An impressive performance following his appearance on the undercard of the first Ward-Kovalev fight, in which he outperformed Isaac Chilemba to win by eighth-round knockout. 30-year-old Oleksandr Gvozdyk is nearing a mandatory world title shot and as Top Rank’s Vice President, Carl Moretti recently disclosed to RingTV.com, “Baker presents another hurdle that Gzodyk has to clear on his way to the top of the light heavyweight division.” Reiterating that there is pressure on Gvozdyk to convincingly dominate his opponent, Craig Baker (17-1, 13 KOs) to sustain the meteoric momentum he has garnered from his last outings.
33-year-old Baytown, Texan Baker is not an opponent to be taken lightly states Moretti, most recently besting undefeated Steve Lovett by eighth-round knockout off the back of a 13-month layoff. Baker picked up the win following his first loss by third-round knockout against light heavyweight Edwin Rodriguez in May 2015 and will no doubt be determined to resume his previous winning streak. Baker will be fresh off another 14-month hiatus when he steps into the ring with Gvozdyk on Saturday night.
The bout is scheduled to be a 10-round co-feature on the undisputed world junior welterweight championship fight between Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo. The outstanding Top Rank card will air live on Saturday, August 19, beginning at 10 pm ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN app and will also feature Dillian Whyte, Bryant Jennings, Nicholas Walters and Shakur Stevenson
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