Usyk beats Russian Gassiev in Moscow, unifies cruiserweight titles
Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk has defeated Russian Murat Gassiev in Moscow to become the first man to unify four would cruiserweight belts (WBC, WBO, WBA, IBF).
The fight between Usyk and Gassiev took place in Moscow in the early hours of Sunday, July 22, as part of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS). The fight lasted all 12 rounds and the Ukrainian boxer won on points. The judges unanimously recognized Usyk's victory – 120-108, 119-109, 119-109 in favor of the Ukrainian.
In addition to becoming the absolute world champion in the cruiserweight division, Usyk won the Muhammad Ali Trophy and the Ring Magazine title.
In September 2016, 2012 London Olympics champion Usyk became the WBO world cruiserweight champion in his tenth professional bout.