Gassiev Starches Wlodarczyk

By Robert Ecksel on October 22, 2017
Gassiev Starches Wlodarczyk
The win sets up a unification bout with Yunier Dorticos. (Stephanie Trapp/Ringstar Sports)

Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Murat Gassiev starched former champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk…

Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, undefeated Murat Gassiev (25-0, 18 KOs), the young gun from Vladikavkaz, Russia, starched former two-time cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-4-1, 37 KOs), the Fight Pride of Warsaw, Poland, at 1:57 of the third round to retain his IBF cruiserweight title.

The win sets up a unification bout between Gassiev and WBA cruiserweight champion Yunier Dorticos, the undefeated knockout artist from Havana, Cuba.

“Dorticos is a very good fighter with great experience,” said Gassiev. “He’s undefeated and I can’t wait to give all the boxing fans the big gift of a great fight against Dorticos.”

Dorticos was ringside in Newark and responded to the challenge.

“I really wanted Gassiev to win,” he said, “because he’s going to taste the power of a real man against me. His opponent tonight was past his time. I’m ready to show him what a champion looks like and give him a challenge he’s never faced before. I want to take his belt. I want to get in the ring and destroy Gassiev.”

Wlodarczyk also hoped to destroy Gassiev, but hope alone proved inadequate.

“We worked hard to try to avoid this kind of punch but unfortunately he got a really hard shot through and hurt me,” said Wlodarczyk. “We knew how good he was and we prepared hard for it. I wanted to use the jab as much as possible. My strength is the second part of the fight and we were hoping to bring him to the later part of the fight and take advantage.”

Wlodarczyk didn’t make it to the later part of the fight. He didn’t make it through the third round. Gassiev may be the real deal and at only 24 years of age, he can only get better. Fighting Dorticos will be a test for Gassiev. But it may be Dorticos who is tested in the end.

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