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March 30, 2017

OLEKSANDER GVOZDYK: I WANT TO FIGHT FOR A TITLE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR
By G. Leon

Gvozdyk-Gonzalez fight guarantees fireworks!

GL: How is everything going in preparation? What can we expect to see from you on fight night? Everything is good, we're now doing the final stage of preparation and on Sunday we're going to leave for Washington, DC. This is going to be a great show, a great event with many tremendous fighters. GL: What do you know about Yunieksi Gonzalez? What are your thoughts of him as a fighter? I heard that he had a very good amateur career before he turned pro. He's a very skiled guy, he's very strong. I know for me he is more like a brawler who makes pressure. He is a very good fighter and a very good challenge for me.

GL: In your last fight you faced Isaac Chilemba who's known as a boxer. As you said Gonzalez is a pressure fighter. Do you feel the style of Gonzalez suits you better?

Oleksandr Gvozdyk: "I don't know yet, but we're going to know this after the fight in the ring."

GL: What is your goal in this fight?

OG: "My goal is it doesn't matter how, I'm going to win this fight. It can be knockout or decision I don't care, my goal is to win this fight and takes as few punches as posible."

GL: In your last fight you became the first person to stop Chilemba. Gonzalez has never been stopped or dominated yet. Does knowing that motivate you more? Are you looking to make it back to back performances where you're able to do something to a quality opponent that has never been done before? 

OG: "No, no. It's not my goal, I told you I just want to win this fight and how I do it doesn't matter."

GL: What do you consider your biggest advantage coming into the fight?

OG: "I don't know, my reach and my height. My ability to keep him at distance, but honestly I don't know."

GL: Have you watched any of Gonzalez's fights?

OG: "Yeah, I saw a couple of his fights. I was present in the arena when he fought Jean Pascal and that was a very impressive fight. I don't think he lost that fight so he's a very tough fighter."

GL: What weaknesses have you seen in him that you're confident you'll be able to take advantage of when the bell rings?

OG: "This is a difficult question, honestly I don't want to bring to light what I think about his weaknesses. I will try to use them in the fight."

GL: What are you hoping a victory in this fight leads to?

OG: "Actually, now I'm ready to try to make a title fight. I'm just working and waiting for the opportunity."

GL: This will be the last fight you have in your 20's. After this you'll be 30 years old next time you fight, does that make you want to pick up the pace in terms of getting to the title shot asap?

OG: "You know I don't feel like I'm getting older yet, so if I have to wait a little bit longer I will, but I am hoping that I get a title shot before the end of this year. This is my hope, but I can't say for sure what's going to be because nobody knows."

GL: What does it mean to you to fight on the same show with Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk?

OG: "I'm very proud to fight with my friends, it reminds me of when we were together as amateurs. But to be together again is very exciting and very cool for me."

GL: If the Ward-Kovalev rematch takes place on June 17, which is the rumor, who do you like in the fight?

OG: "Kovalev of course. I think he won the fight the last time and I think he will rematch also."

GL: When did you first fall in love with boxing?

OG: "I was a very young boy, maybe ten years old. I went to the boxing section just to be able to get stronger and be able to protect myself, and when I was ten or eleven I took part in my first competition and that was it, I knew this is what I wanted to do."

GL: Who are some of your favorite fighters to watch?

OG: "When I first started, the first fighter I saw was Mike Tyson, my father gave me a VHS tape with his best fights and I still like Mike Tyson, he's one of my favorite heavyweights. If we're talking about more than just punchers, I like Vasyl Lomachenko, Manny Pacquiao and GGG."

GL: Did you think Golovkin won the fight over Jacobs?

OG: "Yes in my opinion. I think it was a very close fight, it could have been even, but GGG is the champion and he dominated the first half of the fight and had the knockdown. In the second half of the fight Jacobs was very good, but I don't think it was enough to take GGG's titles."

GL: I think you're a fantastic fighter on the come up, you've taken care of all business put in front of you so far. But there's no such thing as a perfect fighter, what part of your boxing do you feel needs the most improvement?

OG: "I think it's the whole part of my style that has to be improved. If you think you're perfect already it means that your skills will not be the same after a while. There is no such thing as a perfect fighter, Lomachenko, it doesn't matter who. It's all about making improvements, because if you aren't working hard to improve everyday, you're not going to be the best you can be. For me I think I need to improve on everything."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say to the fans in closing?

OG: "Watch my fight. Thank you for supporting me and make sure you come to my fight on April 8 or watch it on HBO, it's going to be a fun event."

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