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Oleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev

Oleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev

By Andy Shore   - @intuboxing

Oleksandr Usyk vs Murat Gassiev

This was a fight between two of boxing's most exciting fighters. It was billed as being for all the cruiserweight belts; for the title of undisputed champion. It couldn't fail to be a great fight, everyone said, as it pitted Usyk's superior skills against Gassiev's superior power, but both were knockout specialists...

In truth, what we got was an absolute clinic from Usyk! A boxing masterclass. His jab did it's job throughout all 12 rounds, either connecting or unsettling Gassiev. Usyk has outstanding footwork - which kept him away from trouble and enabled him to land at will, more often than not - an obscene engine and his punch variety was beautiful.

Usyk moves on as 'the man' at cruiserweight and will now, no doubt, move onto heavyweight boxing. His size may hold him back, but his skillset could yet make him a serious threat. 

If you've not watched this fight and you appreciate a one-sided masterclass, showing how to neutralise a big puncher, while also looking great yourself, make the time to watch this back!

Usyk won by unanimous decision, even as the away fighter; 1x 120-108 & 2x 119-109