Ukrainian Olesandre Gvozdyk met Cuban Yuniesky Gonzalez in a light heavy showdown, in the second TV clash on HBO. The clash unfolded at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland, and Top Rank promoted.
Gvozdyk poked the jab, slid left, slid right, as the Cuban tried to stalk him and bomb early. In the third, Gvodzyk sent Gonzo down. Three power shots and to the mat he went. He grabbed, and tried fighting back but was sloppy. He gamely but vainly tried to hang in. No dice; he went down again, a filthy right exploded on his chin, he had no legs, and the ref said no mas. The time of the ending was 2:55 of the third.
The winner went 116-256 to 26-165 for the loser from Cuba.
Aleksandre Usyk had more trouble than most if not all expected with fellow cruiserweight Michael Hunter in the TV opener on HBO, from Maryland, on Saturday night.
Hunter, just 12-0, showed an A side jab and was busy early. He fell off some, and Usyk almost had him out. But Hunter’s stock rose, though Usyk won a UD12, 117-110 times three.
The stones Hunter showed in staying alorft in round twelve as he got pummeled…wow…He deserved a stones bonus.
Usyk found out late that the body was open and smashed the lower torso without mercy. But Hunter, son of a USA Tuesday Night Fights fan fave, Mike “The Bounty” Hunter, was ridiculously stubborn. To his credit.
Usyk held on to his cruiserweight crown. He also made the Ukraine proud.