Usyk Wins WBSS, Becomes Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion

The World Boxing Super Series crowned boxing’s next undisputed cruiserweight champion and Oleksandr Usyk has cemented his status as the division’s top dog.

Usyk defeated Murat Gassiev in the WBSS cruiserweight finals by a wide unanimous decision to unify the WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF and Ring Magazine cruiserweight titles. Usyk won by scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109 to win the WBSS’s first-ever tournament, thanks to a master display of the jab.

Usyk dominated the fight by overpowering Gassiev with hundreds of jabs that did not give Gassiev any room to breath and throw any effective punches. Gassiev did manage to rock Usyk, especially in the first round, but Gassiev’s power punching was inconsistent and was easily getting outboxed by Usyk.

The new undisputed champion’s journey to the top started last year when he stopped Marco Huck in the quarterfinals. The semifinals brought him his toughest test in his career at the time when former WBC champion Mairis Briedis went the distance with Usyk and Usyk narrowly won with a majority decision.

The cruiserweight finals was originally supposed to take place in May in Saudi Arabia but Gassiev suffered an injury which delayed the fight all the way to July. The first season of the World Boxing Super Series is still not over as the super middleweight tournament is on its final stage with WBA champion George Groves facing off against Callum Smith. The super middleweight finals still does not have a date and venue.

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