Usyk vs. Gassiev - Russia Making Big Play To Outbid Saudi Arabia

By Igor Lazorin, tass

The Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation, Umar Kremlev, announced his intention to make a big financial push to host the finals of the World Super Series of Boxing (WBSS) in Russia on the Day of Russian Boxing on July 22.

On Saturday night, Russia's Murat Gassiev knocked out Yunier Dorticos by knockout in the twelfth round to unify the WBA, IBF world titles and reached the final of the WBSS, where he will meet with Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk. The final battle is due on May 11 in Saudi Arabia.

All four of the major titles will be at stake, with the IBF, WBA, WBO, WBA belts up for grabs.


Usyk unified the WBO and WBC cruiserweight titles January 27 by beating Mairis Briedis on points in Latvia.

"We will put maximum pressure on the organizers of the WBSS to make the final of the tournament in Russia," said the Kremlin.

"We have already started to act and have indicated our intention to break the price being paid for the show by Saudi Arabia. We want this show to be held on our Day for Russian boxing, which will be held on July 22."

Said Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland:

“I think we saw for a second week in a row the product you get when you put the best against the best. I think we saw an absolute action-packed battle. This fight was a great advert for the sport, the tournament and the cruiserweight division. People will talk about this fight for many years, especially in Russia.”

Usyk was ringside and joined Gassiev in the ring for a face off after the fight.

"I want to say congratulations on your last fight. Great job," Gassiev told him. "I will do my best against you, and I hope we will make a good fight for all boxing fans."

Usyk said: "I want to congratulate Murat on his victory, and I expect a spectacular and beautiful fight in Jeddah.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tom Cruise on 02-05-2018

[QUOTE=Ajvar;18464790]Judges didn't score it close. 4 rounds out of 12 sound close to you? Gassiev won twice more rounds according to judges. Only 1 gave 5 rounds to cuban. Nice manipulation tech was it, huh?[/QUOTE] 4 rounds out of 11…

Comment by Ajvar on 02-05-2018

[QUOTE=Tom Cruise;18463427]wow i didnt score properly but i wouldnt have had it close at all tbh. Gassiev's punches just had so much more authority on them in vast majority of the rounds.[/QUOTE] Judges didn't score it close. 4 rounds out…

Comment by Ajvar on 02-05-2018

[QUOTE=boxing_pro;18463166]Thats another fake news. ... .another fake news[/QUOTE] Donald, is that you? Release your tax returns info, bro. [U][B]@Everybody[/B], I don't get how politics appeared on boxing forum but I do have to break this utter retard's (or filthy lying…

Comment by Commie on 02-05-2018

[QUOTE=TudorMiron;18462931]Murat Gassiev is from Northen Osetia (part of Russia). Iron - Osetian in their language. It has nothing to do with Iran buddy :)[/QUOTE] It's the Same ethnicity buddy

Comment by Pigeons on 02-05-2018

[QUOTE=Andrij;18463518]Gassiev is Orthodox Christian not Muslim. Its just Murat is a common name in Ossetia. Btw his brother is called David. 80% of Ossetians are Orthodox Christians including Murat Gassiev.[/QUOTE] Please pardon my ignorance.

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