By Juaquin Flores and Mike Green at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada
In a clash for the NABF and NABO light heavyweight titles, Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Craig Baker (17-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. After five slow rounds, Gvozdyk opened up and floored Baker. He got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:04. Gvozdyk is rated WBC #2, WBA #3, WBO #3, IBF #5 and is a 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner.
2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (3-0, 1 KO) not surprisingly dominated David Paz (4-4-1, 0 KOs) in a super featherweight bout. Scores were 60-53 3x. Shakur scored a knockdown in round five.
WBC #4, IBF #7, WBO #10 heavyweight Dillian Whyte (21-1, 16 KOs) scored a third round KO over Malcolm Tann (24-6, 13 KOs). “He knows I have a good left hook, so I was patient in the first. I have been off for 8 months. He didn’t expect the chopping right hand, once I hurt him with that, the left hook landed at will. He’s no joke, he was definitely trying in there.”
How soon do you want to be back in the ring?
Whyte: I hope to be back in the ring in 5-6 weeks.
Former heavyweight title challenger Bryant Jennings (20-2, 11 KOs) stopped Daniel Martz (15-5-1, 12 KOs) in round two.
Former world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (38-4, 26 KOs) knocked out Sidney Siqueira (21-13-1, 13 KOs) in round four of a welterweight bout. A right hand laid out Siqueira at 1:20.
WBO #10 jr welterweight Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (23-0, 12 KOs outpointed veteran “Red Hot” Rob Frankel (35-17-1, 7 KOs) over ten. Reed in control but never close to a KO. Scores 100-90 3x.
Super featherweight Kevin “Bad Ass” Ventura (8-0, 7 KOs) KO’d Baltazar Ramirez (3-4, 3 KOs) in round three. Ventura dropped Ramirez with a body shot to end it. Time was 1:54.
Local light heavyweight Steven Nelson (9-0, 7 KOs) outpointed Cesar Ruiz (5-6, 2 KOs) over six rounds.