Last night marked the final of the World Boxing Super Series. The Olimpiyskiy Arena in Moscow saw the unification of the cruiserweight division.
As well as the undisputed cruiserweight championship, two of the best boxers on Earth competed for the Muhammad Ali Trophy. Ukrainian, Oleksandr Usyk defeated Russia’s Murat Gassiev in a twelve round technical display.
The World Boxing Super Series is intended to throw politics out of the window and pit the best against the best. From a hardcore purist fan point of view, these are the fights to make.
However, there is also a tremendous sense of drama. The arena is arranged with plenty pomp and circumstance. The ring of strobe lights create an image reminiscent of the Coliseum in Rome.
The Muhammad Ali Trophy takes pride of place at ringside. It is visible from most camera angles while the fight is underway. You can see it in the background, what the best in the world are fighting for. That makes all the difference.
Gassiev is always dangerous but Usyk negated that power by using his fight IQ. The Ukrainian fighter feinted changes in levels, he showed the Russian one shot and threw another. When Gassiev became frustrated and tried to charge him, Usyk would step back and stick out a stiff right hand.
When all was said and done, Usyk had captured the WBC; WBO; WBA and IBF titles. Liverpudlian star, Tony Bellew had previously been named as a potential opponent for the winner. Usyk of course called out ‘The Bomber’ after the the fight and it seems Bellew is up for it.
That would be an amazing fight perhaps the best cruiserweight match-up in years. The past two years has seen some great bouts being made and the sport shows no signs of slowing.