Opinion | Jul 19 2018

THE BREAKDOWN Oleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev

Aarron Morgan looks at what makes Oleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev such a great fight
Michael Hunter on Oleksander Usyk vs Murat Gassiev
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SATURDAY (July 21) sees the culmination of the popular and ground-breaking World Boxing Super Series. The long-awaited, much-anticipated Oleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev final will see one-man crowned winner of the Muhammad Ali trophy and undisputed cruiserweight world champion. We are preparing for potentially the best match-up in boxing this year. The whole world awaits.

Oleksandr Usyk of the Ukraine has cultivated a cult-like following thus far in his professional career. A southpaw with dazzling skills, fantastic speed for a big man, power in both hands and an insatiable lust for war, he has collected both the WBO and WBC titles which he will put on the line.

The tournament started for Usyk with a trip to Germany in the quarterfinals. His punch-perfect performance saw him stop Marco Huck. This contest gave us a different look at Usyk, a man who is often lauded for his boxing skills much like his former amateur teammate Vasyl Lomachenko. He was able to show a more ruthless, aggressive and powerful side to his ever-impressive arsenal. Usyk then strode into the semi final where he once again turned unlikely road warrior. He travelled into Latvia to take on Latvian WBC champion Mairis Breidis. A scintillating battle which elevated both men saw Usyk leave Latvia with Breidis’ WBC title to add to his haul by way of majority decision. Once again Usyk gave us a further look into his tool box as he displayed the engine, stamina and grit to tough out a 12-round battle of attrition.

 

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