Sanchez: If Usyk fights like last time, Gassiev makes it a short night!

By Ryan Burton caught up with world class trainer Abel Sanchez over the weekend to get his thoughts on some of his fighters up coming fights. 

WBA/IBF cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev (26-0) is scheduled to face Oleksandr Usyk (14-0) in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series on May 11th in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Usyk's WBC and WBO belts will also be on the line and the winner will become the undisputed champion of the cruiserweight division.


The date however is in flux and may change but Sanchez said that he is preparing Gassiev as if the fight will still happen on that date.

"For me it is still the 11th of May. That is what we are preparing for. He has been in camp now for two weeks," said Sanchez.

"It is a great fight. The two best cruiserweights in the world and not only that - it is a great boxer against a puncher that is going to come at him. It is a Hagler-Leonard kind of fight."

Usyk had the toughest fight of his career in his last fight when he won a majority decision over Mairis Briedis in Riga in the WBSS semi-finals.  Usky didn't use as much movement as he usually does in that fight but Sanchez doesn't believe that will happen again when he steps in the ring against Gassiev.

"I don't think Breidis presented a danger so he fought him in a certain way. That is not the way I have seen Usyk fight. I have seen Usyk fight as a boxer more, as a mover and at a long range with his nice long arms. If he fights us the way he fought Breidis it is going to be a short night. I don't think he is going to fight us that way though," Sanchez told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sammybee on 03-29-2018

Usyk is too skillful for Gassiev. Usyk will win by decision.

Comment by Banderivets on 03-29-2018

As usual, people falling in love with a puncher. Understandably.... I think Usyk might be dazed at a point in the fight from a big Gassiev shot . Perhaps even takes a knee from a body shot. But Usyk takes…

Comment by BLASTER1 on 03-29-2018

Since the Dorticus fight this is the fight i have been looking forward to the most. Gassiev with his left uppercut, hook combos are awesome. Gee they look very powerful just on tv would live to hear the crack in…

Comment by Idunnoshet on 03-29-2018

Gassiev impressed me in his KO of Dorticos ( I picked Dorticos KO 9-12 ) . So I'ma most likely go with him in this one .

Comment by landotter on 03-29-2018

I am SO PUMPED for this war. I keep track of my predictions for fun, and I am completely unable to pick one here. I enjoy both fighters. I have Usyk way up on my personal P4P list. He is…

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