Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk has defeated Russian Murat Gassiev in Moscow to become the first man to unify four would cruiserweight belts (WBC, WBO, WBA, IBF). The fight between Usyk and Gassiev took place in Moscow in the early hours of Sunday, July 22, as part of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS). The fight lasted all 12 rounds and the Ukrainian boxer won on points. The judges unanimously recognized Usyk’s victory – 120-108, 119-109, 119-109 in favor of the Ukrainian.
In addition to becoming the absolute world champion in the cruiserweight division, Usyk won the Muhammad Ali Trophy and the Ring Magazine title.
In September 2016, 2012 London Olympics champion Usyk became the WBO world cruiserweight champion in his tenth professional bout.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko will meet with President of the World Boxing Council (WBC) Mauricio Sulaiman in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on Monday, May 14, Kyiv City State Administration’s press service has told an Interfax-Ukraine reporter. Sulaiman plans to inspect preparations for holding the 56th WBC Congress in Kyiv. Klitschko and Sulaiman are expected to give a joint press conference.
The 56th WBC Congress will be held in Kyiv from September 30 to October 6.
According to the city administration’s website, more than 700 people, including world boxing stars, presidents of federations from WBC member countries, referees and sports functionaries, are expected to take part in the congress.
Two years ago, the WBC crowned Vitali Klitschko as “eternal champion.” Previously, the WBC world champions were Ukrainians Vitali Klitschko and Viktor Postol. This title is currently held by Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk.