The World Boxing Super Series at Cruiserweight came to its climax on Saturday night, witnessing a Boxing masterclass handed out by WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk (15-0, 11 KOs) to Murat Gassiev (26-1, 19 KOs) on route to a wide unanimous decision at the Olimpiysky Sports Complex in Moscow, Russia.
Usyk, the pre-tournament favourite relied heavily on his most potent weapon, the right jab which controlled the rounds whilst notable puncher Gassiev tried in vain to land something substantial to stem the flow of the Ukrainian, that’s basically how the fight played out.
The Russian was able to push Usyk back in the second and land a decent shot in the fourth which served to stiffen the legs momentarily of Usyk but it wasn’t enough as Usyk continued his assault which had no let-up.
Later in the contest, Gassiev at this point was looking dejected, looking to his trainer Abel Sanchez for guidance, he was frank in reply telling his fighter that he needed a knockout.
Usyk with wide scoring in his favour entered the twelfth round like a buzzsaw, leaving nothing to chance, throwing an incredible 117 punches to punctuate the contest with all in agreement of a winner, the scores mirroring the one-sided nature of the fight by 120-108, 119-109, 119-109.
Belts galore now cover Usyk as he was awarded the Muhammad Ali Trophy which became sweeter still as Ali’s widow, Lonnie Ali presented the trophy, a fitting moment for a truly remarkable fighter
Usyk becomes just the third undisputed fighter at the weight class, following in the footsteps of Evander Holyfield and O’Neil Bell.