Former unified cruiserweight world champion Murat Gassiev (26-1, 19 KOs) is about to make his heavyweight debut in his first competitive fight in more than two years.
Gassiev, 27, seems fit for a new weight class as he has weighed in at a solid 230.6 pounds. His Saturday opponent Nuri “The Albanian Tyson” Seferi (41-9, 23 KOs), also a former cruiserweight, tipped the scales a shade lighter at 225.1.
Gassiev vs. Seferi headlines a huge night of action at the WOW Arena in Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi, which will be aired by the REN-TV channel, starting at 10 PM LT. Murat Gassiev was last seen in the ring in July 2018, while losing to Oleksandre Usyk in the WBSS cruiserweight Season 1 Finale. Seferi is 2-0, 1 KO, during that period.
Also constituting the televised part of the card is a pair of other bouts. Light middleweight Edgar Gukasyan (7-2, 3 KOs) will duke it out against Tanzanian Emmanuel Amos (15-3-1, 8 KOs) over eight. And hulking heavyweight Arslan Iallyev (10-0, 5 KOs) will test his skills versus Argentinean Ariel Esteban Bracamonte (9-5, 5 KOs) over ten.
Weights for those fights are:
Iallyev 237.4 vs. Bracamonte 274.3
Gukasyan 153.7 vs. Amos 144.3