Oleksandr Usyk beats Murat Gassiev to become undisputed cruiserweight champion

Ruben Hill
July 22, 2018

The pair went the distance in Moscow but it was Usyk who had the edge.

'Moscow, 2018. Bang! Daddy's in the building, ' Usyk said.

Usyk added he could move up to heavyweight to fight the experienced British fighter Tony Bellow. "I'll just eat extra pasta".

The win also sees him claim the inaugural World Boxing Super Series Ali Trophy.

Gassiev's record dropped to 26-1 with one no contest.

"I do my best - just today is Oleksandr's day", he added. He has said he was forced to leave the peninsula after Russian Federation annexed it from Ukraine in 2014.

Usyk won comfortably by wide scores of 120-108, 119-109, 119-109 by bamboozling a game and tough Gassiev who found no answer to the lightning hand speed and head movement of the Urkainian, who hands Gassiev the first defeat of his career.

In another match, Norway's Cecilia Braekhus, 36, remained the women's welterweight champion with a unanimous decision over Russia's Inna Sagaydakovskaya, 33.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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