After a hard-fought grueling Light Heavyweight World Title loss on a Friday night in Philadelphia, former champ Oleksandr Gvodzyk was released from the hospital Sunday.
ESPN boxing insider, Dan Rafael, had the story of Gvodzyk spending the last two days under medical observation after his 10th round knockout loss to Artur Beterbiev in the main event of the ESPN show in Philly
Rafael got comments from Govodzyk’s famed trainer Teddy Atlas,
“All is clear. No [brain] bleed or anything. Thank God, just a minor concussion from the hits to the back of the head they said, but we needed to be sure.”
As it turns out Gvodzyk was ahead on two of the three judges scorecards through nine rounds of fight but the new unified champ Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) knocked him down three times in the 10th. And, referee Gary Rosato stopped the fight on the third knock down.
Gvozdyk did participate in answering some questions later from the media, but soon after, he continued to complain of pain in the back of his head. So, he went to a nearby hospital to be checked out.
Atlas told Rafael that the tests were done over a 24-hour period to observe him, and that there was no evidence that he was suffering from any kind of a brain bleed or serious injury.
Obviously there is high tension and every precaution will be taken in these prominent fights after two different fighters have died due to head injuries in the ring this year. That includes, New York Junior Middleweight, Patrick Day who was killed after being knocked out last Saturday night in Chicago.
And, Russian Junior Welterweight Maxim Dadashev, who died days after being stopped in his fight in July in Maryland.
The Ukranian Gvozdyk, who is 32, is now 18-1 and was expected to travel back to California Sunday, where he now lives and trains.