Gassiev vs. Wlodarczyk Preview

By Robert Ecksel on October 21, 2017
Gassiev vs. Wlodarczyk Preview
Wlodarczyk comes to fight. He comes to win, even against men 12 years his junior.

Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey, Murat Gassiev defends his IBF cruiserweight title against former two-time champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk…

The World Boxing Super Series tournament returns tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, when undefeated Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), from Vladikavkaz, Russia, defends his IBF cruiserweight title against former two-time cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), the hardened veteran from Warsaw, Poland, in a 12-round special attraction.

The winner of tonight’s fight gets a unification shot at WBA cruiserweight champion Yunier Dorticos (22-0, 21 KOs), the knockout artist from Havana, Cuba.

“This is an exciting tournament with four world champions,” said Gassiev. “It’s a great opportunity for all the fighters. This is the best way to unify titles and show everyone I’m the best cruiserweight in the world.”

Gassiev is riding high after knocking down IBF champion Denis Lebedev at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow on his way to a split decision victory.

Tonight’s fight will be his first defense of the crown.

“To be a champion and defend my belt is something I always dreamed of,” Gassiev said. “I want to stay in this position for a long time.”

Gassiev is only 24. He had 25 fights as an amateur. He’s had 24 fights as a pro. He’s a work in progress. But if you like come-forward fighters with killer instinct, Gassiev is for you.

“My opponent has a lot of experience and has been in a lot of tough fights,” said Gassiev. “He’s been in more fights than me, so I just need to be ready. I’m prepared for 12 rounds or a short fight. This is what I train for. I will show everyone what I am all about on Saturday night.”

Wlodarczyk is tough. A decorated veteran of many wars, he twice held world titles and his three losses, spread out over 11 years, seem like aberrations. Wlodarczyk comes to fight. He comes to win, even against men 12 years his junior.

“I have a great challenge in front of me on Saturday night,” he said. “This is a young, tough opponent who earned his belt. I am going to have to be at my best and I feel I will be.

“What I can say is we are going to find out who is better in the ring on Saturday. We’ll see who has what it takes to make the next round of this tournament. I have to be the smarter fighter in the ring. I think I can take advantage of my experience by staying smart and making the better adjustments.”

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  1. Buster 07:52pm, 10/21/2017

    This is why I have virtually no interest in this dumb sport. Who are these guys? I’ve never heard of them. Has anyone outside of some nitwit fans and a few shepherds in Kazakhstan ever heard of them? Did someone empty a can of alphabet soup to come up with their strange names? Their names read like an eye chart. Don’t their clueless advisers know enough to change their names so we can at least pronounce them, let alone remember. Hey you dolts—boxing is show biz!
    Perfect matching of morons for a moronic “sport”. 
    Boxing, or what’s left of it has now reached its lowest point. Goodbye. It won’t be missed.

  2. Raul Castro 08:18am, 10/21/2017

    I’ll be marathon watching Ward and Lara videos thank you!

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