Oleksandr Usyk V Murat Gassiev Fight Preview
Russia had the fortune of hosting the FIFA World Cup, 2018 and quite clearly this is not the end of her good luck.
On July 21, The Olimpiysky Sports Complex in Moscow will host one of the biggest boxing fights of the year. The unification match bout between Oleksandr Usyk (14-0, 11 KOs) and Murat Gassiev (26-0, 19 KOs).
The WBSS cruiserweight final is no doubt one of the most anticipated boxing matches this year for several reasons. First, the pugilists are undefeated champions who have over time entertained boxing fans with unblemished charisma. Secondly, the biggest prize ever- the Ali Trophy- is at stake.
The finals for the inaugural WBSS tournament were moved from May to July after Usky sustained an elbow injury during training. The selected date has coincidentally fallen on the International Boxing day and COMOSA, the organisers of WBSS were invited to have the bout take place in Russia.
The Russian Boxing Federation expressed its support for the match, with the Secretary-General Umar Kremelev saying that they “are waiting for a beautiful and spectacular fight” adding that he is “confident that this fight will be one of the best I the current decade.”
Usky floored Mairis Briedis last January to earn himself a spot at the final, while Gassiec thrashed Yunier Dorticos in an equally heated match.
In his last three fights, Usky has faced his opponents in their territory, but this doesn’t seem to make him wink an inch. He said.
“I am once again travelling to the territory of the rival, “I did it with success in the quarter- and semi-final and now I am going to Moscow to win!”
The 31-year-old Ukrainian held the WBO title since 2016, and he is the current WBC titleholder. The Ring Magazine ranks him the best active cruiserweight.
His past is impressive having won gold medals in the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 London Olympics.
His opponent for the Ali Trophy, Gassiev holds the IBF title and is also the Unified WBA titleholder. BoxRec rates him the third-best active cruiserweight while The Ring Magazine and ESPN rank him second.
By all standards, this is a bout by a pair of matching talents, and it is expected to bring to the ring unmatched thrill.
Gassiev has been greasing his knuckles for California under the tutelage of coach Abel Sanchez. The 24-year-old who knocked out his last challenger on the 12th says that he is fit and ready to smash for the prize.
He acknowledged that his last fight wasn’t a walk in the park, but it gave him more insight into what to expect
“The fight against Dorticos was tough for me. He is a very strong guy with a strong mentality and a lot of heart. A real warrior who never gives up. So I was excited about the victory.”
He affirms his preparedness saying; “I’m emotionally approaching this fight like any other. I understand the importance of the upcoming fight, I understand the responsibility involved, and I’m preparing myself with all my might.”
With the final of WBSS Season 1 drawing closer, fans are itching to see the best from their favourite warriors.