The World Boxing Association cruiserweight champion, Murat Gassiev, and his rival in Moscow, Oleksandr Usyk, will fight to inscribe their name in golden letters in the annals of boxing, as he who wins this expected duel will be recognized as the first cruiserweight in history to be called unified champion.
Gassiev, who is also the champion of the International Boxing Federation, intends to shoulder the championships of the World Boxing Council and the World Boxing Organization held by Usyk, in the final part of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament that will also deliver the Muhammad Ali trophy to the winner.
Prior to Gassiev or Usyk this Saturday in Russia, only three fighters have been able to hold the four most recognized titles in modern boxing, the first of them being Bernard Hopkins in 2004 at middleweight, the second was Jermain Taylor who in 2005 snatched all the belts from ‘B-Hop’ and after many years, just in 2017, Terence Crawford unified in the super lightweight division all the titles previously mentioned.
To get to this historic fight, Gassiev beat Yunier Dorticos to win the WBA championship last February with a dramatic knockout in round 12. Him and his trainer Abel Sanchez have, according to the betting lines, a 50 percent chance to be crowned as the historical unified cruiserweight champion.
Usyk, on the other hand, last won by a disputed majority decision over Mairis Briedis for the WBC championship and added it to the WBO title that he already held. The Ukrainian will look for his most notable triumph since he made his professional debut in 2013, two years after the champion Murat Gassiev did it. For this historical fight smoldering and on the horizon, Gassiev will arrive with a mark of 26-0 and 19 knockouts, while Usyk will come into the fight with a record of 14-0 and 11 knockouts.