David Benavidez will step up to 175 lbs after failing to secure a bout with Canelo Alvarez.

Awaiting Benavidez will be Oleksandr Gvozdyk as the former world champion at light-heavyweight looks to prove he's still world class.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Benavidez vs. Gvozdyk.

When is Benavidez vs. Gvozdyk?
  • Date: Saturday, June 15 
  • Time: 8pm ET / 1am UK time 
  • Main event ringwalks (approx): 11pm ET / 4am UK time
  • The broadcast is scheduled to start at 8pm ET / 1am UK time. The main event is expected to start on or after 11pm ET / 4am UK time but that may depend on the length of the fights on the undercard. Benavidez vs. Gvozdyk is therefore likely to start at about 10pm ET / 3am UK time.

    What has been said?


    "[Benavidez is] a star opponent," said Gvozdyk in earnest. "He's a very tough guy and a very big challenge. It's hard to think of things that he hasn't seen before. I'll just try to do things more efficiently and effectively.

    "He's human and I don't believe in monsters. He's a very strong guy and I believe in that. This is why I'm training hard to be able to compete with him over 12, 15 or 20 rounds."

    "I'll appreciate it if he underestimates me," said Gvozdyk. "I'm counting on him being the best version of himself and if he underestimates me, then that's perfect. It'll make things easier for me. If not, we're going to have a tough war and a big fight.


    “Gvozdyk is a tough fighter,” said Benavidez. “I'm 100 per cent focused on this fight. Whatever happens, we'll figure it out when the time comes. I'm just thinking about June 15. We've been training extremely hard. I'm very excited to steal the show and make another splash.”

    “If I'm thinking he's old, not the fighter he was, and he's injured, I won't motivate myself 100 percent to get the best version of myself,” said Benavidez.



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