It’s difficult to reflect and witness something old but oddly new, yet IBF/WBA cruiserweight champion “Iron” Murat Gassiev (26-0, 19KOs) draws comparison to classic scenery worthy of a frame.
The New York City skyline is most amazing parked alongside the iconic Brooklyn Bridge on the side opposite Wall St and the financial district. There’s a light rain Jade describes as “cozy” because Skype has brought us closer to Sochi, Russia and a World Boxing Super Series that has us feeling like voyeurs allowed to spy.
I didn’t notice any company, but chances are, a few executives from HBO and SHOWTIME missed out on this fight entirely, along with many in the U.S. who would’ve been very interested to see Gassiev sculpt Yunier Dorticos over 12 rounds of violent art. There was no popcorn, but we did have a bag of Doritos, while chewing on the thought of how – or even why, the WBSS could care less about American traffic, as cars with headlights went by in a romantic way.
“Yeah!! Holy shit!! Whoa!! That’s what I’m talking about baby!!”
When Gassiev folded Dorticos like an accordion– with a left hook straight out of the 1950’s to all but climax a rush beyond 30 minutes, the bag of Doritos just flew all over the SUV. It’s the type of excitement boxing is supposed to produce, the kind that forces enough demand to drive up cable subscriptions. But the WBSS doesn’t see the past… It sees past the present. Murat Gassiev is the future.
There’s this Popeye on spinach with a lot of Brutus in him when the bell rings, as witnessed by a somewhat awe struck middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin at ringside. Triple G knew Dorticos was a damn good fighter, and a very dangerous one at that. In my opinion, he was to Gassiev what a Jermall Charlo would be to him, and Gassiev turned in a masterpiece.
At just 25, IMG put together and picked apart a Dorticos much better than the David Lemieux that Golovkin brutally solved in October 2015. This performance was Trinidad V Hopkins with a twist, because it was the surprisingly wise youngster that schooled and smashed the brash veteran. Gassiev has the makings of an all-time great, and should destroy Oleksandr Usyk in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to win this tournament.
He should also enter the RING pound-for-pound rankings right now. The cruiserweight division is deep, and if Andre Ward’s evisceration of super middleweight in the Super Six meant anything, then what Gassiev is all about matters.
He turned the arrogant assault of Dorticos into a study of armed robbery. Clubbing shots of variety, body investment and subtle aggression from a matador position… Gassiev unveiled a dimensional portrait of iron poise, with a penchant for dispensing poison at the highest level. Far from a mindless and crude brawler, this is a Harvard edition of Mike Tyson with the constitutional grit of Rocky Marciano.