Artur Beterbiev stops Oleksandr Gvozdk to unify light heavyweight titles
Russia's Artur Beterbiev unified the light heavyweight division with a 10th-round stoppage of Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Philadelphia.
The 34-year-old knocked his Ukrainian opponent down three times in the round before referee Gary Rosato stopped the contest with 11 seconds left.
Beterbiev defended his International Boxing Federation crown and seized Gvozdyk's World Boxing Council belt.
It was the first world title bout since boxer Patrick Day died on Wednesday.
American super welterweight Day, who suffered a brain injury after being knocked out by Charles Conwell in Chicago last weekend, was honoured with a 10-bell salute before the main event.
Beterbiev, who trains in Montreal, Canada, now has 15 wins from 15 professional fights after defeating his previously unbeaten rival at the Liacouras Center.
His next fight will be a mandatory defence against another undefeated fighter, China's Meng Fanlong.
Promoter Bob Arum wants to hold that fight early next year in China around the time of the Chinese New Year.
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Beterbiev vs. Gzovdyk tonight on ESPN at 7 PM PST Two of the most decorated current light heavyweights will face each other and unify two of the four major world titles
This October is a gift to Ukrainian boxing fans. The debut of Oleksandr Usyk in the heavyweight division, the unification bout between Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Artur Beterbiev, the next home show from Denis Berynchyk
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