WBSS Cruiserweight Finals: Oleksandr Usyk vs. Murat Gassiev Live Coverage

Welcome to Fightful's live coverage of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight finals. Today, the boxing world crowns the first-ever WBSS champion and the first man to hold the WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF and Ring Magazine titles at the same time. Oleksandr Usyk vs. Murat Gassiev, the two biggest names in the division, will fight for the Muhammad Ali Trophy and cruiserweight supremacy. We'll be providing quick results of some of the key undercard matches, and round-by-round recap of the WBSS finals, which starts at around 5 p.m. ET.

Here is the main card: (KlowdTV in the United States, 3 p.m. ET):

MMA Legend Joseph Benavidez Retires From Sport
  • Oleksandr Usyk defeated Murat Gassiev by unanimous decision (120-108, 119-109, 119-109) to become the undisputed WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF, Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Titles/ Wins World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Tournament
  • Cecilia Braekhus defeated Inna Sagaydakovskaya by unanimous decision to retain the undisputed WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF, IBO Women's Welterweight Titles
  • Fedor Chudinov defeated Nadjib Mohammedi by split decision to retain WBA International Super Middleweight Title

Oleksandr Usyk (WBO, WBC Champion) vs. Murat Gassiev (IBF, WBA Champion): Undisputed WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF, Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Titles/World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Finals

Round 1: The fight starts off with a big ovation from the Russian crowd. Usyk lands several jabs upstairs. Gassiev's only real big punch is a left hook to Usyk's ribs.

Fightful scored round 1 for Usyk 10-9

Round 2: Usyk continues to land the jab as Gassiev continues to walk down Usyk, trying to find a pinch. Gassiev lands several body shots, including a four-punch combo to Usyk's ribs. Usyk lands several jabs upstairs. Usyk's offense mainly consists of aiming for Gassiev's head, throwing a few jabs and circling around Gassiev.

Fightful scored round 2 for Usyk 10-9

Round 3: Usyk moves well in the round, landing numerous jabs. Gassiev dodges the tail end of a three-punch combo from Usyk. Both men trade jabs for a bit. Usyk continues to find the mark with his jab as Gassiev still can't find his range and establish a consistent offensive rhythm. Gassiev lands a quick left hand. Gassiev lands another left hand, this time to Usyk's body.

Fightful scored round 3 for Usyk 10-9

Round 4: Usyk picks up the pace with his punches and his jab start to look like they are packing a wallop. Gassiev starts to land his power punches more effectively. Usyk throws a five-jab combo which Gassiev blocks. Gassiev misses wildly with the right hook. Gassiev starts to throw the jab and finds some success, but not as much as Usyk's jabs have. Gassiev lands a vicious right hand at the end of the round that rocked Usyk's head.

Fightful scored round 4 for Gassiev 10-9

Round 5: Usyk lands a left hand and Gassiev responds with a counter right. Gassiev lands a hard right jab to Usyk's body. Usyk continues to land the jab. Gassiev's corner is starting to get frustrated with Gassiev's lack of activity in this round.

Fightful scored round 5 for Usyk 10-9

Round 6: Gassiev continues to walk down Usyk as Usyk walks back and hits his jab. Gassiev throws a right hook to the body, but barely connects. Gassiev then lands a couple of power punches to Usyk. Usyk connects a left hook a little too low to Gassiev. Usyk continues to throw several jab combinations.

Fightful scored round 6 for Usyk 10-9

Round 7: Usyk lands a couple of jabs that splits Gassiev's defense. Usyk then throws several combinations upstairs. Gassiev continues to hit Usyk along the beltline and the referee warns him to be careful. Gassiev lands a big right hand to Usyk upstairs.

Fightful scored round 7 for Usyk 10-9

Round 8: Usyk starts the fight on fire, throwing dozens of jabs to Gassiev as Gassiev continues to defend. Usyk misses an uppercut as Gassiev throws a left hook to the body. Usyk lands even more jabs, but Gassiev continues to try and go for the knockout punch.

Fightful scored round 8 for Usyk 10-9

Round 9: Gassiev continues to struggle to land any clean power punches. Usyk lands more jabs, followed by several short uppercuts. Usyk lands four straight right jabs followed by a left uppercut to Gassiev's chin.

Fightful scored round 9 for Usyk 10-9

Round 10: Usyk lands a left cross to Gassiev, followed by several more jabs. Gassiev is trying his best to throw any punches, but he's missing wildly on some of those punches.

Fightful scored round 10 for Usyk 10-9

Round 11: Usyk continues to land the jab to perfection, throwing more than 400 jabs at this point in the contest. Gasiev tries to pressure forward, but Gassiev is unable to land any meaningful punches. Usyk throws a flurry of jabs that lands on Gassiev's face. Gassiev misses with the left jab.

Fightful scored round 11 for Usyk 10-9

Round 12: Gassiev lands a left hook as Usyk is now looking to engage in a slugfest with Gassiev. Usyk takes control of the round early with multiple jabs. Gassiev barely connects with a right hook. Usyk continues to dominate the round, and the fight, with the jab. Gassiev lands a couple of right hooks, but doesn't dish out the necessary damage needed to take down Usyk. Usyk's jab still lands even at the end of the fight.

Fightful scored round 12 for Usyk 10-9, making it 119-109 for Usyk

Official Result: Oleksandr Usyk defeated Murat Gassiev by unanimous decision (120-108, 119-109, 119-109) to become the undisputed WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF, Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Titles/ Wins World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Tournament

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