World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk will make the first defense of his world title against Congolese Doudou Ngumbu on Saturday, March 30 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, United States.
Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KOs) captured an Olympic bronze medal for Ukraine in 2012. He climbed in the pro standings with dominant victories over Nadjib Mohammedi and Yunieski Gonzalez and won the interim light heavyweight title last March with a unanimous decision against Mehdi Amar.
As a mandatory challenger, he traveled to Quebec City and defeated former champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson in round 11, thus conquering the WBC’s absolute world crown.
Ngumbu (38-8, 14 KOs) comes from scoring the most important triumph of his career, a 12-round majority decision over the previously unbeaten Yoann Kongolo in May of last year. From the Democratic Republic of the Congo, now residing in France, Ngumbu will make his first attempt to conquer a world crown.
Gvozdyk-Ngumbu will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.