Gassiev Joins Matchroom Boxing
Former cruiserweight world champion Murat Gassiev has joined fellow World Boxing Super Series alum, Oleksandr Usyk, as a member of the Matchroom Boxing roster, signing with Matchroom Boxing USA.
The deal sees Gassiev sign a co-promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA, Ural Boxing Promotion, and Warriors Boxing. Much like Usyk, Gassiev will make the move from cruiserweight to heavyweight.
Gassiev would win the IBF cruiserweight crown in June 2016 with a win over Denis Lebedev, along with the WBA title with a 12th round stoppage of Yunier Dorticos in February 2018, before falling to Oleksandr Usyk in the finals later that year..
“I am very happy to announce the beginning of cooperation between my promoters, URAL and Warriors with Matchroom Boxing USA and DAZN,” said Gassiev who is being aimed for a June debut at heavyweight. “I am confident that this cooperation will bring great results. I want to make all my fans around the world happy and realize my full potential in the exciting Heavyweight division.”
“I’m delighted to welcome Murat to the team,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Having unified the division at Cruiserweight, I feel Murat is a very exciting addition to the Heavyweight division and what a fantastic time to join it. We have lots of fights ready made for him and I can’t wait to see him fighting at Heavyweight very soon.”