Gassiev Motivated To Impress Local Crowd at Dorticos Clash

By Luke Furman

IBF cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev is looking to do some heavy fisted damage on February 3rd, when he faces WBA world champion Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21 KOs) at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia.

Their contest is a semi-final bout in the cruiserweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series.

Gassiev (25-0, 18 KOs) gained the homefield advantage, but it's a fight where either boxer is capable of ending the fight with one punch.

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Gassiev, the second seed of the tournament, earned his spot in the semi-final when he blew away Polish Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in New Jersey in October with a powerful performance to produce a third-round KO.

Dorticos, who is the tournament’s fourth seed, impressed in his quarter-final with a devastating KO victory in the third round over Russian Dmitri Kudryashov in San Antonio in September.

The cruiserweight final of the World Boxing Super Series will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in May 2018.

Gassiev really looks forward to fight before his family and friends, who are going to pack the venue. The Russian puncher is currently hard at work, training in Big Bear, California with head trainer Abel Sanchez.

"I am very glad that the fight will be held in Russia. A lot of people will have the opportunity to come watch me in Sochi, including my family," Gassiev said to Oleg Bogatov. 

"I feel a huge responsibility by fighting in Russia, I have the most positive expectations, it's very good that I managed to get this fight to Russia. For Russian boxing this is a very significant event.

"I hope to win in the semi-final and go to the final match in Saudi Arabia. I arrived in the United States a few weeks ago to start training, to select sparring partners and then engage in sparring."

Luke Furman covers boxing for


User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Redd Foxx on 01-09-2018

[QUOTE=steady_p;18393863]I saw that match and i remember Gassiev dropped Lebedev with a body shot in early rounds, but Lebedev, who's one of the toughest 'bastards' ever, recovered pretty fast and finished the match in crescendo, leaving me with a strange…

Comment by steady_p on 01-09-2018

[QUOTE=Redd Foxx;18389923]True, he struggled with Lebedev but I saw it as a growing experience. I get the sense he's a better fighter now. Tough to call but I think Gassiev will be smart, controlled, and find the opportunities to take…

Comment by sammybee on 01-08-2018

Dorticos will knockout Gassiev late in the fight.

Comment by Redd Foxx on 01-08-2018

[QUOTE=DeathWish;18389732]I like Gassiev to win this one. It won't be a walk in the park by any means. Dorticos can crack! He's still fairly a young champion with lots of learning to do. Let's see if Gassiev is championship material.…

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-08-2018

dorticos has the power and boxing skills but gassiev is very strong and has insane body shots..I favor the one with the home advantage although dorticos has the power to cause damage

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