Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Cruiserweight
Who won Gassiev vs Usyk?
Oleksandr Usyk beat Murat Gassiev by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 21st July 2018 at Olimpiyskiy in Moscow.
The scorecards were announced as 108-120, 109-119, 109-119 in favor of winner Oleksandr Usyk.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which meant the weight limit was 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
This was the final of the World Boxing Super Series.
This contest was for the undisputed cruiserweight championship of the world, with the IBF, WBA, WBC & WBO belts on the line.
Also, on the undercard Fedor Chudinov was victorious over Nadjib Mohammedi and Mairis Briedis beat Brandon Deslaurier.
Gassiev vs Usyk stats
Back in July 2018, Murat Gassiev stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 26 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 19 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Oleksandr Usyk made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 14 wins and 0 draws, with 11 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Usyk had a slight advantage in power over Gassiev, with a 79% knock out percentage over Gassiev's 73%.
Murat Gassiev was the younger man by 6 years, at 25 years old.
Gassiev had a height advantage of 1 inch over Usyk. Despite this, Usyk had 2-inch reach advantage.
Murat Gassiev fought out of the orthodox stance, while Oleksandr Usyk was a southpaw.
Gassiev was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 12 more fights, and made his debut in 2011, 2 years and 1 month earlier than Usyk, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 25 less professional rounds, 152 to Usyk's 177.
Gassiev vs Usyk form
Gassiev had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Yuniel Dorticos on 3rd February 2018 by technical knockout in the 12th round in their IBF World Cruiserweight and WBA Super World Cruiserweight championship fight at Bolshoy Ice Dome, Adler, Russia.
Previous to that, he had won against Krzysztof Wlodarczyk on 21st October 2017 by knockout in the 3rd round in their IBF World Cruiserweight championship fight at Prudential Center, New Jersey, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had beat Denis Lebedev on 3rd December 2016 by split decision in their IBF World Cruiserweight championship fight at Khodynka Ice Palace, Moscow, Russia.
Before that, he had defeated Jordan Shimmell on 17th May 2016 by knockout in the 1st round at Black Bear Casino, Carlton, United States.
He had defeated Isiah Thomas on 18th December 2015 by knockout in the 12th round at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas.
Usyk remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Mairis Briedis on 27th January 2018 by majority decision in their WBC World Cruiserweight and WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia.
Previous to that, he had won against Marco Huck on 9th September 2017 by technical knockout in the 10th round in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Michael Hunter on 8th April 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, United States.
Before that, he had beat Thabiso Mchunu on 17th December 2016 by knockout in the 9th round in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Forum, Inglewood.
He had won against Krzysztof Glowacki on 17th September 2016 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Oleksandr Usyk had been fighting more than Murat Gassiev.
Going to this contest, Murat Gassiev had last fought 5 months and 18 days ago, while Oleksandr Usyk's last outing had been 5 months and 24 days ago.
Gassiev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 3 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 40 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8 rounds on average.
Usyk's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 10 months and 4 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 14 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 55 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 11 rounds on average.
What time did Gassiev vs Usyk start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM UTC at Olimpiyskiy, Moscow, Russia, which was 5:00 PM EST or 2:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America, or 10:00 PM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Gassiev vs Usyk?
Murat Gassiev was a 41/50 (-120) favourite going into the contest, while Oleksandr Usyk made his way into the ring at 99/100 (-100) with oddsmakers.