Yunier Dorticos Still Wants Revenge on Gassiev, Plots Return

By Elisinio Castillo

Cruiserweight contender Yunier Dorticos (22-1, 21 KOs) is plotting his next move, after suffering the first defeat of his career.

In the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series tournament in February, Dorticos was knocked out by Murat Gassiev in their WBA, IBF cruiserweight unification.

Last month, Oleksandr Usyk dominated Gassiev in the WBSS final bout - to unify the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF world titles. 

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Dorticos is back to training, with Eric "El Tigre" Castaños, and hopes to get the opportunity to rematch Gassiev.

He admits that initiating the wrong strategy in the contest, which cost him in the end.

"I feel super good, I started [back to work] with more spirit and with more desire. That defeat against Gassiev has made me think a lot and the truth is that I still have that thorn in my side. Since he lost, I would like him to participate in [a rematch]," Dorticos told George Ebro.

"It was a very strategic fight from Usyk. I thought Gassiev was going to win.[Usyk] boxed him very well, but also that Gassiev did not touch him. It really was a great fight. It was a great tournament. 

"I was too greedy [with looking for a knockout against Gassiev]. I focused on greed, on winning at all costs. You can not be greedy and want to solve everything in a single round. You have to always leave something and let the knockout come on it's own.

"If [Usyk and Gassiev move up to heavyweight], I want to go up to fight with them in the [heavyweight division]. With the exception of [Luis] Ortiz, who is my brother - but with Anthony [Joshua], Wilder, whatever it is - I'm willing. I'm in a new plan of attack with my trainer El Tigre, and that plan will work against anyone."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bronx2245 on 08-16-2018

Dorticos vs. Tabiti @ Cruiserweight! Make it happen! Dorticos can go up after that! At 6'3", he actually can move up whenever he's ready!

Comment by Boksfan on 08-16-2018

The beating he took from Gassiev must have been worse than I thought, every other fighter would fight already.

Comment by tokon on 08-16-2018

[QUOTE=Pusnuts;19023817]I agree, he has all the tools, hes got a long lean frame and shouldn't have big problem making weight Also he wasn't in great shape vs Gassiev, a bit soft, he could improve and be a real beast at…

Comment by tokon on 08-16-2018

[QUOTE=Pusnuts;19023817]I agree, he has all the tools, hes got a long lean frame and shouldn't have big problem making weight Also he wasn't in great shape vs Gassiev, a bit soft, he could improve and be a real beast at…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 08-16-2018

I dunno, man. If these guys fought ten times, I think Gassiev wins most, if not all. I like Dorticos, but he just had nothing for Gassiev, and he fought his heart out.

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