Light heavyweight world titleholders Artur Beterbiev and Oleksandr Gvozdyk will meet to unify belts in the main event of a Top Rank Boxing card Friday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. The fight will air live on ESPN at 10 p.m. ET, with undercard bouts also on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Beterbiev (14-0, 14 KOs) won the then-vacant IBF light heavyweight world title with a KO victory in Round 12 over Enrico Koelling in 2017. At the time of the stoppage, Beterbiev was ahead on all three scorecards 110-99.
Beterbiev, who's from Russia but is based in Montreal, Canada, defended the title twice, including a fifth-round KO of Radivoje Kalajdzic in May.
Gvozdyk (17-0, 14 KOs) defeated Adonis Stevenson by 11th-round KO in December to win the WBC light heavyweight title. Gvozdyk then defended the belt once, a TKO victory in Round 5 against Doudou Ngumbu in March.
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ESPN boxing commentators Joe Tessitore and Mark Kriegel, along with former world champions Andre Ward and Timothy Bradley Jr. and reporter Bernardo Osuna, will call the fight from ringside.
Where can I watch the Gvozdyk vs. Beterbiev fight card on Friday?
The Gvozdyk vs. Beterbiev fight broadcast on ESPN will begin at 10 p.m. ET on Friday. The main card includes Luis Collazo vs. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov in a 10-round welterweight battle.
The undercard begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
The undercard includes:
Michael Seals vs. Elio Heraldo Trosch, 10 rounds, light heavyweights
Josue Vargas vs. Johnny Rodriguez, eight rounds, junior welterweights
John Bauza vs. Donald Ward, eight rounds, junior welterweights
Joseph Adorno vs. Damian Alejandro Sosa, eight rounds, lightweights
Julian Rodriguez vs. TBA, eight rounds, junior welterweights
Jeremy Adorno vs. Misael Reyes, four rounds, junior featherweights
Sonny Conto vs. Steven Lyons, four rounds, heavyweights