Abel Sanchez: If Usyk Hangs in There Too Long, He May Get KO'd

By Rick Reeno

Las Vegas - Abel Sanchez, the head trainer of WBA, IBF cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev (26-0, 19 KOs), believes his boxer's punching power is the difference in the upcoming unification with WBC, WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk (14-0, 11 KOs).

The final bout of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament, is scheduled for July 21 at Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

"I'll tell you this, I have a big fight on September 15th with Golovkin and Canelo, I have another fight in the fall with Alex Saucedo and Maurice Hooker. That fight with Usyk, I see that as the toughest of the three," Sanchez told

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Usyk, an Olympic gold medal winner with an impressive amateur record, is the favorite.

"It's a very tough fight. I think the difference might be the power [of Gassiev]. If Usyk is stupid enough to hang in there too long - he could get hurt or might get knocked out. Usyk is an exceptional fighter. This a very difficult fight for both fighters," Sanchez said.

Back in January, Usyk was taken to his physical limit when he won a very close twelve round majority decision over undefeated Mairis Briedis.

Sanchez is not focusing on that performance. He's very confident that Usyk will never fight Gassiev in the same manner that he fought Briedis.

"In his last fight, the way he fought against Briedis.... I can guarantee you that he won't fight that way against Gassiev. He fought that way against Briedis because he didn't think Briedis could do anything to him," Sanchez said.

"A lot of these guys, when they don't perceive a threat - they fight in a different style. When Gassiev fought Dorticos, for the first four or five rounds, we let Dorticos throw his punches to deplete him a little bit. But Usyk, I don't think that he's going to allow Gassiev to beat on him for four or five rounds."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Commie on 07-12-2018

[QUOTE=theface07;18927281]Did you say the same about Usyk compared to Briedis? Who do you think is better Briedis or Gassiev? Most people would consider Gassiev superior so I don't know why you would think the fight is going to be a…

Comment by jackblack008 on 07-11-2018

Only casuals think that Usyk wont win

Comment by jackblack008 on 07-11-2018

[QUOTE=theface07;18927242]No way? You are deluded. Did you even see how he fought Briedis? He was walking into counters all night and was lucky to get the decision and Gassiev is better than Briedis. This should be a great fight. If…

Comment by sammybee on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=theface07;18927265]Another totally bias, deluded clown. Usyk could've lost against Briedis who the majority of people would consider inferior to Gassiev! I'm a fight of both Usyk and Gassiev but I think after that last fight, it's very clear that he…

Comment by theface07 on 07-10-2018

[QUOTE=Diego Rodriguez;18925883]I find it funny how guys on here get so worked up about trainer's comments. No one gives a flyin' fck. They are either going to watch the fight or they aren't, and that has nothing to do with…

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