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Oleksandr Usyk beats Murat Gassiev and becomes absolute world heavyweight champion

Final of Super Series has completed!
08:32, 22 July 2018

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev met in the final of World Boxing Super Series in Moscow to figure out who is the absolute world heavyweight champion. 

The fight was under the dictation of Usyk from the beginning. Oleksandr was actively using legs from the very first round by constantly moving around the rival. The Ukranian boxer almost didn’t use his left hand during the first two rounds constantly punching jabs into the head of a Russian. 

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Such a tactic of the Ukranian has been working and Gassiev couldn’t reach a comfortable position for himself. Sometimes, he had a rare blow to his body. The Russian adapted to the movements of Usyk towards the middle of the fight and his blows were hitting the spot more often. 

Gassiev was trying to take down the rival with strength by sitting on his shots. Some of them were hitting the hands and the body of the Ukrainian but by returning to a distance within arm's reach he slowed the tension of the Russian blows.  

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The tenth round started with the words of Anatoly Lomachenko, a coach who brought Usyk to the fight. Usyk got the message of the coach and started attacking over the top. Gassiev was tired and couldn’t do anything for the protection but still was trying to attack. Usyk completed the fight by showing the professional level. 

Usyk came into possession of all four heavyweight straps: WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF. Also, the Ukranian took a Muhammad Ali trophy as a winner of the Super Series. 

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