Gassiev Does Not Rule Out Scenario of Decision Win Over Usyk

By Igor Lazorin, tass

Russian slugger Murat Gassiev is gearing up for the highly anticipated showdown with Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine.

Gassiev vs. Usyk will crown the first four belt world champion at cruiserweight - with the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO world titles at stake. Also, the winner will become the overall winner of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) cruiserweight tournament.

Their bout takes place on July 21 at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

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Gassiev (26-0, 19 KOs) holds the IBF, WBA world titles, while Usyk (14-0, 11 KOs) is the WBC, WBO world champion.

Coming in, Usyk is the betting favorite to win - and he was the number one seed in the WBSS tournament.

Most experts are predicting two possible outcomes - Gassiev by knockout or Usyk by decision.

Gassiev, who is trained by veteran coach Abel Sanchez, believes he's very capable of winning the fight with a twelve round decision.

"The [WBSS] semi-final fight between Oleksandr Usyk and Marius Briedis was very interesting, and I am going to review it. I think there is no question that that Usyk won the fight, and I do not agree with the split decision. Incidentally, I do not think that it is impossible to beat Usyk on points. All we have to do is look back at his fight with Briedis, and in this fight alone - after the first half it was Briedis who was ahead on points," Gassiev said.

"It's a totally different subject matter that Briedis was unable to stay on pace to gain the victory, and it was Oleksandr who broke his concentration. The fact that Usyk was present at my fight with (Yunier) Dorticos.. will that play any role? I honestly do not know. I saw him as a nice person who sincerely congratulated me. I can not say anything more about him."

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

[QUOTE=yoshik;18931651]LOL Usyk is an amateur.[/QUOTE] The same amateur who is a Unified World Champ in half the fights Gassiev has ?? Plus Usyk faced tougher oppositon. undefeated Glowacki, Huck,undefeated Briedis > old Lebedev, old Wlodarczyk, one dimensional Dorticos

Comment by Andrij on 07-12-2018

[QUOTE=yoshik;18931648]Gassiev takes over second half of fight and smokes USYK.[/QUOTE] Actually Usyk is always the better fighter in the 2nd half of the fight. I can't see how Gassiev can top him.

Comment by LetOutTheCage on 07-12-2018

[QUOTE=Andrij;18931210]LOL LOL !!! Briedis is 2 levels above Dorticos and Gassiev never fought someone as good as Usyk. But Usyk fought already slow and static opponents like Gassiev. [B]Don't be surprised if Usyk stops Gassiev in late rounds.[/B][/QUOTE] I think…

Comment by MrShakeAndBake on 07-12-2018

[QUOTE=daggum;18930866]i really dislike when anyone creates some self fulfilling prophecy saying its either fighter A by knockout or fighter B by decision. like gassiev can't box or something? like kovalev couldn't box when he fought ward? like ggg couldn't...oh wait…

Comment by yoshik on 07-12-2018

[QUOTE=Andrij;18931209]LOL Usyk will school Gassiev and make him like an amateur.[/QUOTE] LOL Usyk is an amateur.

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