- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has added yet another 2012 Olympic medalist to his company’s growing stable, light heavyweight bronze winner Alexander Gvozdyk of Ukraine.
Gvozdyk will make his professional debut in the spring.
"Top Rank is delighted to have signed Alexander. We expect him to rise to the top level of his division," Arum said in announcing the signing.
Gvozdyk just missed advancing to the gold medal final, drawing 13-13 with Adilbek Niyazymbetov of Kazakhstan but losing via punch countback.
Gvozdyk wound up with Top Rank because of his ties to featherweight Vasyl Lomachenko, the two-time gold medalist from Ukraine whom Arum also signed. Gvozdyk and Lomachenko have the same manager, Egis Klimas.
"Alexander is another great addition to the light heavyweight division which is quickly becoming the hottest weight class in boxing," Klimas said.
Arum has signed several gold winners and other Olympians from around the world. As he sees it, there are many markets around the globe for him to do business in, which is what has led to his branching out beyond just signing Olympians from the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
From the 2012 Olympics, Arum signed four gold medalists: Lomachenko (Ukraine), flyweight Zou Shiming (China), middleweight Ryota Murata (Japan) and light heavyweight Egor Mekhontcev (Russia). He also signed middleweight silver medalist Esquiva Falcao of Brazil, who won his pro debut on Saturday, and three other top prospects who fought in London, American junior welterweight Jose Ramirez, Puerto Rican lightweight Felix Verdejo and Mexican featherweight Oscar Valdez.
Arum met Gvozdyk a few weeks ago at his home in Los Angeles when Lomachenko paid him a visit and brought Gvozdyk along with him. Arum was impressed with him, liked his amateur credentials and eventually signed him.