Usyk vs. Gassiev in Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Unification Title Bout

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 12:05 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2018 12:05 PM UTC

The World Boxing Super Series reaches its finale as WBO and WBC cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk will meet WBA and IBF champion Murat Gassiev in Moscow on Saturday to decide who is the most dominant cruiserweight on the planet.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow">Oleksandr Usyk vs. Murat Gassiev</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free Boxing Pick: Under 9.5 Rounds</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered:<a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow"> 5Dimes</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3494144, "sportsbooksIds":[19,169,43,238,118], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Although they aren’t the most popular names in the sport, this is a fight Saturday in Moscow that boxing fans should get excited about. There’s also some betting value in this highly-competitive fight between the two best cruiserweights.</p><p>Usyk (14-0, 11 KOs) is a 2012 Olympic gold medalist who turned pro in late 2013. In under five years, Usyk climbed his way to the top of the division, beating previously unbeaten Krzysztof Glowacki by unanimous decision in an exciting — yet dominant — 12-round affair to claim the WBO title. In the first round of the World Boxing Super Series, Usyk faced former champion Marco Huck and dominated him with an effective jab and footwork before lowering the boom in the 10th round to score a TKO. Usyk narrowly edged out Mairis Briedis to make it to the finals.</p><p>Usyk has managed to couple his amateur ability with heavy hands to remain undefeated to this point. But it’ll be interesting to see how he deals with fellow unbeaten Gassiev. Although he doesn’t have the amateur experience, Gassiev’s heavy hands and the fact that he’s trained by the same man who corners Gennady Golovkin, Abel Sanchez, could end up being the perfect foil for his style.</p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><p>Gassiev (26-0, 19 KOs ,1 NC) uses his constant pressure in a similar manner as GGG to break his opponents. He had a close call with Denis Lebedev in 2016 where he pulled off a controversial split decision, but has otherwise been dominant. In both of his WBSS tournament fights (Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and Yunier Dorticos), Gassiev mowed down his foes. He punched his ticket to the finals by stopping Dorticos in the 12th round in a scintillating display of power punching. But will his no nonsense style be enough to offset the technical savvy of the boxer?</p><p>Gassiev-Usyk is a dead heat with <a href="" rel="nofollow">both fighters sitting at -110. </a>And due to their respective styles, it’s very difficult to side with either. However, there may be something in the prop bet that is worth noting. Considering that neither fighter has been stopped but both have dished out their fair share of punishment, perhaps the 'under' of 9.5 rounds at +220 is something to look at. Gassiev isn’t going to waste much time trying to figure out what Usyk has to offer and likely has already decided that allowing the fight to go to the judges isn’t what he wants to have happen. That also opens up counterpunching opportunities for Usyk, just as long as he can handle the pressure.</p><p>One way or another, a fighter is going to get broken on Saturday. It’s too close to call, but the stakes suggest that somebody will likely get put out of commission on this night. Side with the 'under,' and if you’re feeling really lucky, take a shot at the fight ending between rounds 7-9 at +400.<meta charset="utf-8" /></p>
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