Dorticos: Gassiev is a Strong Fighter, I'll Be Back, I Want Rematch

Russia's Murat Gassiev retained his IBF cruiserweight belt and grabbed the WBA cruiserweight title with a technical knockout of Cuban Yunier Dorticos in a unification bout in Russia's resort city Sochi on Saturday.

Gassiev, 24, the youngest member of the cruiserweight field of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) improved his record to 27-0 with 19 KO's following the semi-final win in Sochi's Bolshoy Ice Dome.

The 31-year-old previously unbeaten Dorticos -- nicknamed "The KO Doctor" -- has now dropped to 22-1 with 21 knockouts.

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Dorticos started confidently trying to control the pace of the fight from the start. He performed some good jab work, while Gassiev also landed effective punches in the opening round.

The Cuban continued to push the pace with the hard punches in the second but Gassiev replied positively landing some more solid shots of his own into his opponent's body.

Later on Dorticos continued peppering his rival with shots but his unvaried attacks made little headway as Gassiev defended stoutly responding with rare but hard and precise punches.

After the eighth round Dorticos' work rate noticeably slowed down and Gassiev stepped up the pressure, beginning to take control and show off his superior hand speed and precision.

Dorticos would like to get a rematch.

"Murat is a strong fighter, we would like to have a rematch with him. I want to thank Sochi for the wonderful reception, it was a great fight. This is a heavy defeat, but I will return," Dorticos said.

"It's a very emotional fight, it's very difficult to lose these types of fights, yet I wanted to congratulate the whole team, they deserve it."

In the final round Gassiev looked in complete command sending Dorticos to the cavas twice before the referee stopped the bout with just 18 seconds remaining.

Next stop for Gassiev is the Muhammad Ali trophy in the cruiserweight division of the WBSS final in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in May.

There he will face Ukraine's Alexander Usyk, who beat Mairis Briedis of Latvia in the other WBSS semi-final.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BendOver on 02-05-2018

[QUOTE=SpringTime;18460208]That’s why he lost. If he were a better fighter he would not have gassed. Posts like this make me laugh.[/QUOTE]Better fighter and gassed are two very different things. he was looking for a ko from the start. And wasn't…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 02-05-2018

[QUOTE=Herdis;18463212]Yes... he is an arrogant arsehole, unintelligent man, but saying that he cant Gassiev is false. Let not forget that the only reason he was knocked was because he tired himself out. So the lost was more as a result…

Comment by nacho daddy on 02-05-2018

[QUOTE=Herdis;18463249]Thanks for proving my point you fking idiot... There was no disparity in skills. Had they went toe to toe, Dorticos would have knocked him out.. But because Abel (not Gassiev) was a way of his stamina, made a game…

Comment by Herdis on 02-05-2018

[QUOTE=Steven Mccowan;18463114]thats why they fight the fights. And dorticos got ko'd. The hypotheticals about if the stars align correctly are in your mind. The reality is the two warriors fought and one got broke down and ko'd[/QUOTE] GO jump off…

Comment by Herdis on 02-05-2018

[QUOTE=nacho daddy;18461515]idiotic comment cause gassiev knew about the stamina problems and laid back ALLOWING DORTICO TO TIRE OUT and "losing" rounds so then he could bomb him out. any one that thinks dorticos "won" the first half of the fight…

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