Murat Gassiev Signs with Hearn; Moves to Heavyweight

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If they made Gassiev vs Takam instead of Usyk that would have been decent I wonder who he will fight
 
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Imagine Gassiev/Chisora. What a fight that would be.
Im thinking Gassiev will be like Canelo at HW where no one can risk trading with him his punches are too short and crisp and his block is legit, I can only see the top 3 and Usyk beating him I think he walks through everyone else
 
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Anyone else really want to see Gassiev at heavyweight? Got the feeling he is going to be a beast at the weight, the size of his neck in these photos. Put him in with Bakole




 
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Gassiev's problem at HW is his 76" reach.

He's a pretty good pressure fighter, so maybe he can be the next Joe Frasier, but he's going to have to absorb a LOT of punishment to get there. He's certainly athletic, but slow of foot, and he doesn't have the liquid defense of a prime Mike Tyson. - In fact his defense basically sucks.

Also, all he really has is that right hand. Opponents know what's coming. That's why Usyk was able to completely dominate him for 12 rounds.


Against Wilder & AJ? I dunno .......
 
Gassiev's problem at HW is his 76" reach.

He's a pretty good pressure fighter, so maybe he can be the next Joe Frasier, but he's going to have to absorb a LOT of punishment to get there. He's certainly athletic, but slow of foot, and he doesn't have the liquid defense of a prime Mike Tyson. - In fact his defense basically sucks.

Also, all he really has is that right hand. Opponents know what's coming. That's why Usyk was able to completely dominate him for 12 rounds.


Against Wilder & AJ? I dunno .......
Gassiev will be limited at HW imo. He was fantastic to watch in the Super Series, because he can bang really hard.

The issue is; now he's a smaller than average heavyweight with poor defence and okay movement. Put him against a technically limited mauler like Whyte and I doubt he will come out on top? I don't even fancy him against Hunter.
 
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Gassiev will be limited at HW imo. He was fantastic to watch in the Super Series, because he can bang really hard.

The issue is; now he's a smaller than average heavyweight with poor defence and okay movement. Put him against a technically limited mauler like Whyte and I doubt he will come out on top? I don't even fancy him against Hunter.
I don't think Gassiev's defense is poor, honestly. You don't beat the guys he did if that was true, but I feel like we heard this before. I remember people saying Hunter would do nothing when he moved up. I mean he was all but forgotten after losing to Usyk.
 
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Gassiev will be limited at HW imo. He was fantastic to watch in the Super Series, because he can bang really hard.

The issue is; now he's a smaller than average heavyweight with poor defence and okay movement. Put him against a technically limited mauler like Whyte and I doubt he will come out on top? I don't even fancy him against Hunter.
Nah Gassiev knocks Hunter out. If anything Hunters success at heavyweight shows that Cruiserweights like Gassiev can do good at heavyweight.
 
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I don't think Gassiev's defense is poor, honestly. You don't beat the guys he did if that was true, but I feel like we heard this before. I remember people saying Hunter would do nothing when he moved up. I mean he was all but forgotten after losing to Usyk.
Hunter will do nothing of note at HW.
 
I don't think Gassiev's defense is poor, honestly. You don't beat the guys he did if that was true, but I feel like we heard this before. I remember people saying Hunter would do nothing when he moved up. I mean he was all but forgotten after losing to Usyk.
I think poor is a bit extreme for me to use, but I just don't see him making the impact at HW. Gassiev can bang, absolutely. I think he said he expects to be around 16 stone too.

He's durable, you don't go 12 rounds with a juice heavy Lebedev without taking a couple. Too many people are fixated on 1 L on a record.