News | Jul 21 2018

Usyk is too slick for Gassiev, wins WBSS final with masterful performance

Oleksandr Usyk thrashes Murat Gassiev in Russia to claim WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO cruiserweight titles as well as the Muhammad Ali trophy, writes Elliot Worsell
Oleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev
Oleksandr Usyk  |  Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

FAR from the classic brawl we expected an hour ago, the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) cruiserweight final between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev instead ended up being one of the most one-sided fights between elite boxers you’re likely to see in 2018.

It was also, however, as close as you’ll get in this brutal and often barbaric sport to witnessing something like a masterpiece; art form. 

Thirty-one-year-old Usyk, a narrow favourite going in, dominated every aspect of the fight, barely put a foot wrong for 12 rounds, and was rewarded for this perfection with a 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109 decision on the judges’ scorecards, as well as the Muhammad Ali trophy (awarded to the WBSS tournament winner) and the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO cruiserweight titles, two of which, the WBA and IBF, belonged to Gassiev, 24, earlier today.


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