Former light heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk commented on his return to the ring. According to the boxer, he has not yet decided on his first opponent after a long break.
"I understand all the points of return. Let's say I'm not ready to box with Beterbiev right away. If we say that I want to box just for a check - yes, give me Beterbiev, I will go out and lose in the first three rounds, put the money in my pocket and leave.
"I want to fight with some kind of bag first, to feel what it's like to be in the ring. Because being in sparring and boxing a real fight are completely different things."
"It's hard to say how many fights are needed to get to the championship match. I have to see how I feel in the first fight. Maybe it will be enough."
"First of all, I am already 35 years old, there is not much time left. But I would like to have at least one fight to understand. Yes, maybe after that you can go to the top opposition".
"I consider Beterbiev number 1 in light heavyweight. To box with him should be the fight of your life. You have to be 100% ready. I would try first with Bivol, and then you can box with Beterbiev."
The 35-year-old Ukrainian boxer talked about future plans to resume performances in November. However, the name of the Ukrainian's possible opponent has not yet been announced.
In 2018, Gvozdyk became the world champion, defeating Adonis Stevenson. After that, Oleksandr held one successful title defense.
The Ukrainian fought his last fight in the fall of 2019, losing to Artur Beterbiev by technical knockout in the tenth round. In 2020, Oleksandr ended his career.