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Usyk vs Gassiev .... It's on!!

World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Final Goes Ahead As Planned

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

Earlier this week Intuboxing reported that the cruiserweight final of the World Boxing Super Series may be in jeopardy. WBC & WBO world cruiserweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk (14-0, 11KO) was reportedly set to walk away from the chance to unify his belts with that of IBF & WBA champion, Murat Gassiev (26-0, 19KO), and boxing fans started to panic.

There were even rumours beginning to circulate that Andrew Tabiti (16-0, 13KO), a 28-year-old cruiserweight from Chicago Illinois was being lined up as a potential replacement for Gassiev. But, it looks like the 'Beast' will have to wait his turn for a crack at a world title. 

IntuBoxing has now learned that the final WILL go ahead as planned. It is thought that the problem stemmed from Usyk's unwillingness to fight in Gassiev's native Russia as the tournament advisers had proposed. 

However, Usyk has put all of this talk to bed. "This is all wrong. I'm ready to ride through to Antarctica. I'm waiting for the information [regarding the date and location], it will be soon," Usyk told Match.

"I have two belts, and Murat has two belts. I need this fight. We are waiting for a letter from the organizers of the WBSS, regarding where I will fight and I am willing to go anywhere in the world. I specifically want Murat Gassiev. If one of us will not be involved in the final - then the tournament loses all meaning. I want this fight, and I'm positive that Murat does too. And a lot of boxing fans are waiting for this fight."

The bout was originally slated for May 11th in Saudi Arabia. However, an elbow injury forced Usyk to postpone the fight.

The fight is now expected to take place on July 21st in Moscow, and a formal announcement will be made on Monday.