Usyk vs. Gassiev: 'Tough Negotiations' Continue To Set Venue

By Luke Furman

The Russian Boxing Federation has continued their uneasy negotiations with respect to the venue and the location of the final round of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) cruiserweight tournament, which features a showdown between Russia's Murat Gassiev and Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk for the WBC, WBO, WBA, IBF world titles.

A decision must be made in a week or two, according to the Russian Boxing Federation's General Secretary Umar Kremlev.

The announcement of the final decision to reveal the Gassiev vs. Usyk venue has already been repeatedly postponed.


As previously reported on, the Russian Boxing Federation had applied to secure the fight on July 21 in Russia.

However, things took a turn for the worse in the negotiations when Usyk made it very clear that he would definitely not fight Gassiev in Russia.

Originally, the fight between the two world champions was finalized for May 11 in Saudi Arabia - but it was later postponed when the Ukrainian boxer injured his arm during training camp.

Because of Usyk's injury, Gassiev interrupted his training camp in the United States in mid-April and returned to Russia. On May 5, the Russian puncher returned to the United States to resume his training under the leadership of veteran coach Abel Sanchez.

The winner of the fight will establish the first four belt champion in the cruiserweight division.

"The negotiations are not easy. They are taking place directly with the leadership of the WBSS and the founders, and not with the boxers themselves. We hope that within a week or two or more [a deal can be reached]. We must make an announcement, and the boxers are still getting ready regardless of where the fight will be held. We are having some tough negotiations about the venue," said Kremlev to Vasily Konov.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JohnP2 on 06-14-2018

Not a good look for the WBSS...

Comment by KingHippo on 06-13-2018

I hate saying that, but he faked that injury. I was rooting for him before that fight, but now leaning toward Gassiev.

Comment by Santa_ on 06-13-2018

It's like they're trying to compete with the GGG-Canelo drama, smh.

Comment by Chrismart on 06-13-2018

Hopefully the talk of the fight not going ahead are just rumours. It wouldn't be a good look for the WBSS, and most importantly we miss out on a great fight. There's always a question mark next to a venue…

Comment by u122564 on 06-13-2018

hope this one goes ahead, it will be a cracker. neutral location makes perfect sense - NY or vegas would be good if they can promote it well.

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