Gassiev Plans To Decide on Weight in April, Will Speak With DAZN

By Luke Furman

Former WBA, IBF cruiserweight world champion Murat Gassiev has indicated that he will make a big career decision in April, with respect to his future weight class.

Gassiev will either remain in the cruiserweight ranks or head up to the heavyweight division.

Gassiev reached the final bout of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament, in which he lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Oleksandr Usyk in July 2018.

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After this fight, Gassiev had surgery on his shoulder and remained on the shelf to fully heal.

The Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation, Umar Kremlev, would like to eventually get Gassiev in position for a rematch with Usyk, who plans to become a heavyweight for his next fight.

Gassiev has already begun training and plans to join his head trainer, Abel Sanchez, in California in the coming weeks.

He plans to negotiate his return with the DAZN streaming service, which is currently the home of the World Boxing Super Series and where Usyk currently competes. By next month he hopes to lock down an opponent, his future weight class, and a tentative return date.

"I started to engage in training, which the body is taking well, there is no pain or ailments, and so far everything is going according to plan. Currently, the issue with the visa is being resolved, after which, most likely, I will return to Big Bear to continue the training process," said Gassiev to Vasily Konov.

"I can’t share any specific information about a possible fight yet, but I think that everything will become clear during April. Approximately at this time the question of the weight, the division on where my career will continue, will all be decided - and this depends on negotiations with DAZN and with potential opponents."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mlac on 04-08-2019

imo he should stay at CW for a couple more years, moving up to HW at 27ish when hes entering his physical prime would be perfect. in the mean time he can fight the winner of this seasons WBSS &…

Comment by observer on 04-08-2019

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19598298]You never know. Michael "The Bounty" Hunter is looking much better at HW! They also thought Holyfield was going to be too small for HW too![/QUOTE] Plenty of shorter/smaller HWs left their mark in the history of the sport. Tyson,…

Comment by Frankie2Jabs on 03-19-2019

DAZN could coerce Abel that the fights they’re interested in are at Heavyweight. I mean, wouldn’t a young Gassiev want a rematch with Usyk? That’s basically who he has to prove to beat on DAZN. That’s the most logical and…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 03-19-2019

[QUOTE=JSN006;19598283]No he is not, incorrectly listed. I always thought so but the usyk fight and weighins confirmed it, ffs he is obviously around 2 inches shorter than the also dubiously 6'3 usyk, watch the fight again[/QUOTE]Boxrec has him listed @…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 03-19-2019

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;19598248]... and do what, precisely?... :)[/QUOTE]You never know. Michael "The Bounty" Hunter is looking much better at HW! They also thought Holyfield was going to be too small for HW too!

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