Yunier Dorticos vs Murat Gassiev on January 20…Who win?
By: Reynaldo Sanchez
After four fights in the World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Tournament, there only 4 names left: Murat Gassiev, Yunier Dorticos, Mairis Briedis and Oleksandr Usyk. The semifinals start on January 20th 2018 with the Gassiev vs. Dorticos fight and later on January 27th Usyk vs. Briedis, where 4 unbeaten fighters go in search of the Ali Trophy, a significant sum of money and recognition as a unified champion.
Dorticos and Gassiev show a combined record of 46 wins 38 by KO and zero defeats. On paper, it seems that the winner of this fight has a wide chance of winning the tournament. However, in the other match Briedis and Usyk also seek their chance, with a combined record of 36 wins 29 by KO and zero defeats. Gassiev and Dorticos reach an impressive 82.6% in knockouts while Briedis and Usyk achieve 80%.
The Latin American representation is now in the Dorticos hands, after Mike Perez fell defeated against Briedis in a lackluster fight. Gassiev has shown the skills and the punch to finish off his opponents already with body shots, as with impressive knockouts up. And he is in our opinion the fighter to defeat in this tournament. But, against the Cuban Dorticos, Gassiev will face the man who has the most terrifying record of the tournament and possibly in boxing with 21 KO’s in 22 fights a 95% –
In this weight class a punch can change the route of each fight. Dorticos must make an almost perfect fight in all aspects, technical and physical to defeat Gassiev. If he succeeds, he still has to fight the winner of the Usyk-Briedis fight. If Dorticos achieve their aspirations, it would be surpassing the best records of any Cuban fighter in professional boxing. He would unify all the cruiserweight belts against the best fighters in the world, and we believe that very few of his countryman can achieve something similar.
At the beginning of this tournament, few boxing fans gave Yunier Dorticos a chance. Today, he emerges as a serious contender to win the tournament. His impressive victory via KO in two rounds against Kudryashov gave Dorticos the favor of many fans.
There are still 3 fights to complete this tournament, Murat Gassiev remains the logical winner of the tournament. Others believe that Usyk defeat Briedis and the final could be a Gassiev-Usyk fight. Could an unexpected surprise arise from the hands of Briedis?
We believe that Dorticos has the power to defeat any opponent. He has shown us that his power is real and we believe that we will end up seeing his name in the last fight of the World Boxing Super Series tournament.