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Gvozdyk and Ponomarev notch wins on Pacquiao-Bradley undercard

Fighters Network

LAS VEGAS – Light heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk scored an emphatic one-punch, second round knockout over Nadjib Mohammedi to top off the non-televised portion of the Pacquiao-Bradley III card at the MGM Grand.

Gvozdyk, who won the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, improves to 10-0 (8 KOs). Mohammedi drops to 37-5 (23 KOs).

It was the most impressive win to date for Gvozdyk, who resides in Oxnard, California, and is trained by Robert Garcia. Mohammedi was coming off a knockout loss in the third round at the hands of Sergey Kovalev on Jul. 25.

Both had their moments early on in the fight, sizing each other up and scoring on the inside. In the second round, Gvozdyk unleashed a devastating right hand that dropped Mohammedi face-first on the canvas. Referee Jay Nady waved off the count at 2:06.

In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, Konstantin Ponomarev won a 10-round split decision over Brad Solomon.

Ponomarev improves to 30-0 (13 KOs), while Solomon drops to 26-1 (9 KOs).

It was Ponomarev who was the aggressor, landing the more telling blows in the first half of the fight. He was at his best when he walked Solomon down, landing multiple right hands to the head of Solomon.

There were times when Solomon had his moments, landing occasional counter left hooks, but his offense did not offset the amount of punches landed by the Russian.

Ponomarev, who is trained by Abel Sanchez, stunned Solomon in Rounds 7 and 10 but was unable to land the decisive punch to drop Solomon.

One judge scored the bout 96-94 in favor of Solomon, while the other two judges scored the bout 98-92 and 96-94 (which seemed to reflect the action) for Ponomarev.

In other bouts:

– Welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas (13-0, 11 KOs) dominated Denis Ilbay (15-1, 8 KOs) over eight rounds, winning a one-sided decision. All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Kavaliauskas, who is trained by Robert Garcia.

– Seventeen-year-old Leon Bauer (8-0, 6 KOs) defeated Ilshat Khusnulgatin (12-2, 6 KOs) by decision over six rounds. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Bauer, 59-55, 59-55, and 60-54.

– Junior lightweight Devin Haney won a four-round unanimous decision over Rafael Vazquez (2-5). All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Haney (5-0, 2 KOs)

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper,, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.



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