Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Gassiev: WBSS is Best Way To Unify, Show I'm The Best at Cruiser

Undefeated Russian Murat Gassiev defends his International Boxing Federation cruiserweight crown against Poland's Krzysztof Wlodarczyk on Saturday in a quarterfinal bout of the World Boxing Super Series tournament.

The winner of the 12-round matchup at Newark, New Jersey, will take his title into a unification showdown early next year against the World Boxing Association champion, undefeated Cuban Yunier Dorticos, 22-0 with 21 knockouts.

"This is an exciting tournament with four world champions. It's a great opportunity for all the fighters," Gassiev said on Thursday. "This is the best way to unify titles and show everyone I'm the best cruiserweight in the world."

gassiev-wlodarczyk (3)

Gassiev, 24-0 with 17 knockouts, makes his first defence of the crown he took last December with a split-decision triumph over Russian southpaw Denis Lebedev at Moscow.

"To be a champion and defend my belt is something I always dreamed of," Gassiev said. "I want to stay in this position for a long time."

"When we faced-off I looked inside his eyes and saw that he is very serious. He's ready for a big fight and I will make sure this is a great fight on Saturday.
 
"This is someone who earned his chance to fight me. I will always challenge the best in the division no matter who they are."

Wlodarczyk, 53-3 with one drawn and 37 knockouts, tries to reclaim a crown he owned for six months in 2007. The 36-year-old Polish fighter, 12 years older than his rival, also held the World Boxing Council cruiserweight title from 2010 to 2014.

"I'm going to have to be at my best and I feel I will be," Wlodarczyk said. "I have to be the smarter fighter in the ring. I think I can take advantage of my experience by staying smart and making the better adjustments. I'm going to be ready for anything Gassiev throws at me."

World Boxing Council champion Mairis Briedis (23-0, 18 knockouts) of Latvia will face World Boxing Organisation champion Oleksandr Usyk (13-0, 11 knockouts) of Ukraine, the 2012 London Olympic heavyweight champion, in the other semifinal.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing Logic on 10-19-2017

Hopefully 2018 can build on the overrated year of boxing 2017 by offering as many or more good matchups on paper as 2017 did, but without the corruption, early stoppages, uneven drug testing standards between opponents, and past prime performances.…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines WBC Prez: GGG Conquered The Hearts of Mexico, I Was Humbled Joshua Promoter: Our Offer is 'Five Times' Parker's Biggest Purse Salido: I Will Show Why So Many Champions Are Afraid of Me! Hearn Says Anthony Joshua Social Media Mess is 'Major Problem' Tyson Fury's Promoter Gives Statement on UKAD Hearing Delays UK Boxing News: Welborn, Hennon, Connor, Beech, More Photo: Tyson Fury Shows Off Bloated Form in Training Camp Joshua: I'd Knock Wilder Out With One Shot, Smack Parker Around! Manny Pacquiao Hints That He Wants Conor McGregor Next Groves: Eubank Improved, But Never Boxed Anyone on My Level Photos: Devon Alexander Returns Strong, Dominates Castillo Barrera 'Bitter' About Shabranskyy Getting Title Shot Before Him Austin Trout: Jacobs Beat Golovkin, He's The Best at 160! Kovalev: Loss to Ward in Our Rematch Didn't Break Me Mentally Saunders: I'll Beat Lemieux Convincingly, No Robbery Worries Frank Warren Says Door is Wide Open For Scott Quigg To Join Parker: I'm a Big Risk - Joshua Needs Over 65%, Rematch Clause Parker Promoter: More People Contacted Us About Joshua's Chin Joshua's Promoter: I Can't See a Wilder Deal, Parker More Likely Video: Golden Boy's Diaz Talks Cotto vs. Ali, Arum's Beef, More Alexander Dimitrenko Back on December 22, Adrian Granat Too Sergey Kovalev - From a Single Point to a Question Mark Wilder To Hearn: Add Joshua To Whyte Deal - I'll Whip Their Asses! Video: Kathy Duva Breaks Down HBO Triple, Kovalev's Return Video: Jason Sosa Discusses Yuriorkis Gamboa Showdown Sullivan Barrera to face Sergey Kovalev or Dmitry Bivol in 2018? Farmer Confident of Title Win: None of These Dudes Can Beat Me! Austin Trout: I Would Love To Fight Julian Williams Shabranskyy Sparred With Bivol, Benavidez for Kovalev Fight Video: Yuriorkis Gamboa Discusses Career, Jason Sosa Clash Video: Sergey Kovalev Talks Ward, Shabranskyy, Car Accident David Haye Vows To Recover, To Come Back Strong in 2018 Golovkin Blown Away By Treatment in The Motherland - Mexico Photos: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Jason Sosa - Go Face To Face Photos: Sullivan Barrera, Felix Valera - Square Up in New York City Photos: Kovalev, Shabranskyy - Face To Face at Final Presser Peltz: Sosa-Gamboa Will Be HBO's Fight of the Night Saturday Eubank Sr. Takes a Deep Dig at Groves' Trainer Shane McGuigan Parker Promoter To Hearn: Worry About Joshua's Chin, Not Presser! James Toney To Joshua: Put on Big-Boy Pants, Come Fight in U.S.
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement