Photos by Ludo Saenz
The World Boxing Super Series final and unification bout between Aleksandr Usyk (14-0, 11 KOs) and Murat Gassiev (26-0, 19 KOs), one of the most anticipated boxing match-ups in years, will take place on Saturday July 21 at the Olimpiysky Sports Complex in Moscow, Russia.
Comosa AG is very happy to announce a date and venue for the spectacular Cruiserweight Final. The Olimpiysky Sports Complex in Moscow will provide an amazing location for the first Ali Trophy Final in history with two supremely gifted athletes with rare opportunity to write history.
Plans to hold the final of the inaugural season in May had to be revised after Usyk declared that he had sustained an elbow injury during his training camp. The injury was checked by Comosa approved medical staff who agreed with the extent of the injury and recovery timeframe. This meant that the cruiserweight final date, and therefore venue, had to be moved.
The mouthwatering final will be a key event during a weekend of boxing activities in the Russian capital in celebration of International Boxing Day after Comosa were invited to bring and supervise the first final of The Greatest Prize in Boxing - The Ali Trophy - to the festival of pugilism.
The route to the final in Moscow was paved with drama exceeding the expectations and the tournament’s number 1 seed Usyk and 2nd seed Gassiev both awed in their quarter- and semi-finals.
London 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Ukrainian Aleksandr Usyk, kicked off the cruiserweight tournament September 9 last year by spectacularly stopping Marco Huck, a former record-breaking World Champion, in the 10th round in Berlin, Germany.
In his semi-final against WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis in Riga, Usyk won a majority points decision after an action-packed thriller with great heart and unrelenting pace throughout the 12 rounds.
Russian Gassiev, the youngest member of cruiserweight lineup, needed just three rounds in his quarter-final in Newark, USA to dispatch the former World Champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk with a devastating body shot.
In an ultra-entertaining semi-final in Sochi, Russia Gassiev stopped the previously unbeaten WBO World Champion Yunier Dorticos with just eight seconds remaining of the 12th and final round.
And the dream final between Aleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev became reality.