By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Promotions
Allentown, PA (March 25th, 2019)– Peltz Boxing Promotions and Top Rank, in conjunction with USA ESPN, will present an exciting eleven bout card of boxing on Saturday evening, March 30, 2019, as 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, featuring the main event first titular defense of World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight champion Oleksandr ‘The Nail’ Gvozdyk of Ukraine versus game veteran challenger Doudou Ngumbu of France.
Gvozdyk, 15-0 with 13 knockouts, Oxnard, California, is favored to win by TKO stoppage anytime round five or later OR by 12 round unanimous decision over Ngumbu, 38-8 with 13 knockouts, Toulouse, France, who at age 38 will probably exit this bout in the later rounds in similar fashion to Gvozdyk’s eleventh round knockout of Adonis Stevenson in Quebec City this past December. Ngumbu is a rugged veteran who has been around the block, who lost to Igor Mikhalkin three times. He does not figure to launch anything more than a survival bout against Gvozdyk, who clearly is worthy of better opposition. In effect, Gvozdyk is fighting ‘Doudou’ because no better opponent could be found wanting to fight him, given the convincing way he ended Stevenson’s career in sadistic brutal knockout fashion. Ngumbu is tough, and could well rough it out for 12 rounds. Who knows.
Gvozdyk, after winning this bout, could consider WBO champion Sergey Kovalev; WBA champion Dmitry Bivol; interim WBA and WBC Silver champion Marcus Browne; former WBO champion Eleider Alvarez; IBF champion Artur Beturbiev; IBO champion Sven Fornling; or EBU European champion Dominic Boesel. These are the best of the best big money bouts available on the table for Gvozdyk, with a titular unification blockbuster bout probably the best superior option for him.
The televised undercard will feature three action-packed 10 round welterweight bouts. Uzbekistan Malaysian 15-0 undefeated welterweight prospect Kudratillo ‘The Punisher’ Abdukakhorov is favored to win by knockout within six rounds over Japanese opponent 20-3-1 Keita Ibara. Comebacking 24-3 Philadelphia welterweight Ray Robinson will face 21-0 Egidijus Kaviliaskas in a bout which will go the 10 round distance, the decision favoring Kaviliaskas, unless the inactive Ray Robinson puts on a stellar technical performance and scores a knockdown, which could turn the tide and affect the scorecards.. 21-2 Ghana welterweight Frederick Lawson, now fighting out of Chicago, Illinois is favored to win by 10 round majority decision over 21-4 Venezuela Juan ‘El Nino’’ Ruiz. 13-0 Cameroon middleweight Christian Mbilli, now fighting out of Montreal, Canada, is favored to win by 10 round decision over Christopher Pearson. 14-0 Connecticut heavyweight prospect Cassius Chaney is favored to win by six-round decision 12-2 Tijuana Mexico heavyweight Christian Mariscal.
Allentown, Pennsylvania super bantamweight southpaw Jeremy Adorno will open the untelevised portion of the card with his professional debut. A number of prospects, including heavyweight Cassius Chaney, will follow in four, six and eight rounders: 1-0 Philadelphia heavyweight Sonny Conto; 5-0 Reading, Pennsylvania super featherweight Joshafat Ortiz; 8-0 Philadelphia featherweight southpaw Donald Smith; 11-1 Puerto Rico super lightweight Jose Lopez; All are predicted to win by unanimous decision.
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