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Murat Gassiev: After Usyk Fight - I'm Going To Heavyweight!

By Igor Lazorin, tass

IBF, WBA cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev is a few months away from the biggest fight of his career - but he has a bigger goal in mind.

Last Saturday night in Sochi, Gassiev knocked out undefeated Cuban puncher Yunier Dorticos in the twelfth round to unify the WBA, IBF world titles - and in the process he reached the World Boxing Super Series finals.

Up next, a full division unification against WBC, WBO world champion Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine. The fight will take place on May 11 in Saudi Arabia.

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After Gassiev (26-0, 19 KOs) goes through with his upcoming bout, he hopes to try his hand at the heavyweight division - where the current worlds champions are Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder.

"I would like to change my weight division, go to heavyweight, because it is the most prestigious... I want to try my hand there. At the moment, I'm still in the cruiserweight division and I need to win my next fight to become the absolute champion of the world, and then we will see," said Gassiev.

When Gassiev arrived back home to his homeland in North Ossetia, he was met at the airport by more than 3 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, citing police officers who provide security at the airport.

"To meet the champion at Beslan airport, more than 3 thousand people arrived. They were waiting for his arrival from Sochi for several hours," the spokesman said.

Gassiev was overwhelmed with emotion from the huge turnout.

"Thank you all for arriving and meeting me at this late hour, this is our common victory. I felt your support from the stands during the fight. I saw our flags of Alania, it was very pleasant," Gassiyev stated while he addressed the crowd.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by steady_p on 02-15-2018

[QUOTE=sammybee;18473362]Murat should fight Bellew if he wins his fight against Usyk.[/QUOTE] Poor Tony! I bet Gassiev would beat the s##t out of him. One way fight, with early KO and Bellew hurt badly, imo...

Comment by Shane1091 on 02-10-2018

[QUOTE=Herdis;18473930]He isnt 24,,, he is at least 30[/QUOTE] He's 24 check the facts before arguing... Delusional

Comment by Mindgames on 02-10-2018

[QUOTE=Cutthroat;18476019]Of course not that was back in 2007, Stiverne was pro only a year or two. He wasn't even top 50 at the time. No Stiverne was a top 5 HW when Wilder fought him 7 years later.[/QUOTE] I think…

Comment by Cutthroat on 02-10-2018

[QUOTE=kafkod;18476313]Stiverne's best wins were over a shot Chris Arreola. He didn't deserve his high ranking with the WBC.[/QUOTE] Arreola was 9-0 since losing a close bout to Adamek where he injured his hand and was around 12lbs lighter than when…

Comment by kafkod on 02-10-2018

[QUOTE=Cutthroat;18476019]Of course not that was back in 2007, Stiverne was pro only a year or two. He wasn't even top 50 at the time. Stiverne was a top 5 HW when Wilder fought him 7 years later.[/QUOTE] Stiverne's best wins…

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