July 17, 2018
July 17, 2018
Murat Gassiev

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MURAT GASSIEV and Oleksandr Usyk arrived Monday evening in Moscow ahead of the cruiserweight Ali Trophy final on July 21 at the Olympic Sports Complex.

“I am looking forward to the final. A final that will bring out the best in boxing. I can’t wait to see my fans in Moscow,” said Usyk.

Gassiev said, “I’m in Russia one week before the fight. I’ve never had problems with the acclimatization. Jet lag is also not a problem. A good nap during the flight and I’m ready to box at the airport. As always I expect a tough fight. I have to be ready for everything and adjust.”

“The exciting build-up for the first Ali Trophy final ever is entering its most exciting phase,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer. “This is the moment we have been waiting for.

“True history and legacy making are at stake and the ‘winner takes it all’ phrase has never been more fitting. On Saturday in Moscow boxing and the world of sport will have a new, true superstar.”

The winner of Usyk-Gassiev will be the first boxer ever to win the Muhammad Ali Trophy and unify the cruiserweight titles in the four belt era.

Murat Gassiev

The belts on the line will be the WBO, WBC, IBF and WBA Super cruiserweight championship straps.

The mouth-watering final will be a key event during a weekend of boxing activities in the Russian capital in celebration of International Boxing Day after Comosa were invited to bring and supervise the first final of The Greatest Prize in Boxing – The Ali Trophy – to the festival of pugilism.