By Luke Furman
The final bout of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) cruiserweight tournament is a very hot ticket.
The contest takes place on July 21 at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
In the final bout, unbeaten world champions Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine and Murat Gassiev of Russia will collide for the WBA, WBO, IBF, WBC world titles.
Initially, the fight was scheduled to take place on May 11 and was due to happen in Saudi Arabia, but the event was postponed because of an injury to the Ukrainian boxer.
"I was ready to fight with Usyk anywhere in the world," Gassiev said. "I'm confident that our fight will turn out great. The winner will get everything."
Usyk is not worried about taking the fight in Gassiev's backyard. He captured both of his titles, the WBC and WBO, by beating the champions on their home soil.
"Once again I'm going to fight in the territory of my opponent," Usyk said. "I successfully coped with this in the quarter-finals and in the semifinals. Now I'm going to win in Moscow. "
In the quarter finals of the Super Series, Usyk defeated traveled over to Germany to stop former world champion Marco Huck by technical knockout in a match was held in Berlin, and in the semi-finals the Ukrainian boxer won a unanimous decision over undefeated Latvian Maris Briedis in a bout that took place before a hot crowd in Riga.
Gassiev is the world champion under the versions of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the World Boxing Association (WBA). His fearsome record includes 26 wins (19 - by knockout) and no defeats. And as far as Usyk, he's holding the world titles of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and the World Boxing Council (WBC) and has clean record of 14 wins (11 - by knockout), no defeats.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.