2012 Olympic bronze medalist Oleksandr Gvozdyk (15-0, 12 KOs) got a unanimous decision over Mehdi Amar (34-6-2, 16 KOs) and won the vacant title of "interim" WBC light heavyweight champion at Madison Square Garden in New York. Gvozdyk dictated the pace of the fight from beginning to end, but there was also no danger of stoppage defeat for Amar during the battle. The scores were: 117-111, 116-112 and 118-110. Here's CompuBox statistics:
On March 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York undefeated Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs) will fight against French Mehdi Amar (34-5-2, 16 KOs). At the stake of the fight will be the vacant title of WBC interim world champion.
On March 18 in the New York at Madison Square Garden arena Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk will fight Frenchman Mehdi Amar for the vacant WBC interim light heavyweight title. On the eve of the fight the boxers passed the official weighing procedure, successfully meeting the limits of their weight category - 78.9 kilos.
Unbeaten Ukrainian light heavyweight Alexander Gvozdyk, who occupies the second place in the WBC rankings, said that he was glad to step closer to the fight for the world title in a meeting for the WBC interim belt on March 17.
"I'm looking forward to taking the next step to the world title. I know almost nothing about my rival Mehdi Amare, but I'm happy to fight in the US at Madison Square Garden in New York, which is Mecca of boxing. Thanks to all my team for making it a reality," said Gvozdyk.