Gassiev's Promoter Confident: Usyk is Getting Knocked Out!

By Luke Furman

On Saturday night at the Bolshov Ice Dome in Adler, Russia - the punches were flying hard in the second semi-final fight of World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) cruiserweight tournament.

In a battle of undefeated world champions, Murat Gassiev (26-0, 19 KOs) pulled out a spectacular twelfth round knockout of Yunier Dorticos (21-1, 20 KOs) to unify the WBA, IBF world titles.

The fight was hard-fought by both men, but Gassiev closed the show by scoring three knockdowns in the final round to stop Dorticos.


The Cuban boxer started very fast and was pushing Gassiev back. Eventually the boxer who is nicknamed 'Iron' and is trained by veteran coach Abel Sanchez, began to land his rapid fire counter shots to the head, which slowly wore Dorticos down.

At the time of the stoppage, Gassiev was winning the fight on all three official scorecards - and the fourth scorecard, which is used in the event of a draw.

Gassiev will now advance this May to the WBSS championship final in Saudi Arabia, to fight WBO/WBC world champion Oleksandr Usyk (14-0, 11 KOs), winner of last Saturday's WBSS semi-final match against Mairis Briedis (23-1, 18 KOs).

The fight between Usyk and Briedis was highly competitive as well.

Usyk, an Olympic gold medal winner, was ringside for Gassiev's big victory and he was very impressed by the Russian boxer's performance.

After Gassiev won, Usyk entered the ring and the two boxers went face to face. There is a lot of respect between the two of them - and their contest sets up a Russia vs. Ukraine battle. 

Gassiev's promoter, Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing, believes his boxer will secure the knockout victory.

"We just saw a great fight. We saw how two warriors struggled with all of their heart. And today we could have seen the next best boxer in the world, a new superstar. How can you defeat this guy? In the final, he will knock Usyk out," said Margules to Nikolai Ryazantsev.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

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

[QUOTE=Andrij;18461153]Gassiev is tailormade for Usyk. This will be an easier fight than against Briedis. Plus Usyk fought better opposition in his career than Gassiev. Usyk fought them in the opponent´s backyard each time.[/QUOTE] Well... I can see where you're coming…

Comment by belmondoss on 02-05-2018

Usyk is a 60/40 favorite for me in this fight only if he makes conclusions from his last fight with Briedis. He has best feets in this division and Gassiev has nothing except his power to deliver in this fight…

Comment by BoxingIsGreat on 02-05-2018

It won't be easy either way, but I favor Usyk. Usyk won't stand there and trade with him. The legit winner of this fight should be considered one of the best in the world.

Comment by Slowhand on 02-05-2018

The final will be at a higher pace and Usyk´s engine is a bit better.. Usyk by close UD. Gassiev also had some problems with southpaw Lebedev (still got the W tho just 23 yo so could mean nothing).

Comment by HeadShots on 02-04-2018

[QUOTE=Andrij;18461153]Gassiev is tailormade for Usyk. This will be an easier fight than against Briedis. Plus Usyk fought better opposition in his career than Gassiev. Usyk fought them in the opponent´s backyard each time.[/QUOTE] it doesn't matter where he fought the…

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