Oleksandr Gvozdyk/Photo courtesy of BoxRec.com
When Tommy Karpency decked Oleksandr Gvozdyk in the first round of their light heavyweight fight Saturday, it appeared their bout scheduled for 10 rounds could be over quickly. However, Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) recovered nicely and eventually knocked out Karpency with a body punch in the sixth round. The time was 2:21.
The fight was underneath the junior welterweight title-unification fight between Viktor Postol and Terence Crawford at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
It appeared Karpency could have gotten up, but he stayed on his knee and took the 10-count. He was pointing to his right eye after he was counted out.
“It was a great right to the body,” said Gvozdyk, of Ukraine. “It went deep. It felt good.”
Karpency (26-6-1), of Adah, Pa., was bleeding from a cut on the bridge of his nose. By the time the fight was over, his white trunks were partially covered with blood.