Murat Gassiev Arrives Back Home To a Hero's Welcome

By Igor Lazorin, tass

On Monday, Russian cruiserweight Murat Gassiev arrived back to his homeland in North Ossetia, and at the Vladikavkaz airport he was met by more than 2 thousand residents of the republic, as well as a delegation from South Ossetia.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for North Ossetia, they provided police officers for security purposes at the airport.

"To meet the champion in the airport, more than 2 thousand people turned out. They were anticipating the athlete's arrival from Moscow for several hours," the spokesman said.


On July 21, Ukrainian's Oleksandr Usyk defeated Gassiev by unanimous decision in the finals of the first World Series of Boxing Series (WBSS) and unified the cruiserweight world titles of the World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Organization (WBO), World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF).

Despite the loss, Gassiev was met at home like a winner.

After the sportsman left the airport's building, he was applauded by the large crowd with chants of "Iron" and "champion", and he was brought three traditional Ossetian pies and ritual beer.

"You glorify your people, your country, and honorably bear the name of the Ossetian. Let there be many victories ahead, your little republic is proud of you," said one of the local elders.

Then, accompanied by dozens of bikers and cars with the flags of North Ossetia and Russia, Gassiev was taken from the airport to the city.

"Of course, we did not want to let the fans down, but this is a sport and with God's help we will return with a new force," Gassiev told reporters.

Gassiev is now pondering the possibility of moving up to the heavyweight division for his next fight. His head trainer, Abel Sanchez, has stated in several interviews that he would like to see his boxer compete at the higher weight.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Marvlus Marv on 07-25-2018

[QUOTE=Tatabanya;18963002]I'm starting to think that Gassiev is not bad enough to be a real killer. He knows he has power, and uses it when the occasion arises. But deep down in his heart he's too much of a good guy.…

Comment by Southpawology on 07-24-2018

no shame in losing to Usyk hes P4P but I just wish murat wouldve thrown more punches

Comment by landotter on 07-24-2018

[QUOTE=The D3vil;18964553]Good for him. No shame losing to a P4P level fighter.[/QUOTE] Agreed. And truly, he looked drained at the weigh in. I think he may make a better HW than CW over time, though the top level fighters may…

Comment by landotter on 07-24-2018

[QUOTE=Tatabanya;18963002]I'm starting to think that Gassiev is not bad enough to be a real killer. He knows he has power, and uses it when the occasion arises. But deep down in his heart he's too much of a good guy.…

Comment by The D3vil on 07-24-2018

Good for him. No shame losing to a P4P level fighter.

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