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Gassiev Stops Wlodarczyk In Round  3 In Newark

By Dmitry Mossienko: Russian Murat “Iron” Gassiev made first defend of his IBF World championship Cruiserweight title and World Super Series boxing quarter final in Newark stopping rugged Polish warrior Krzysztof Wlodarczyk via 3 round KO.

Murat’s 36 years old opponent has moniker Diablo for a good reason. Whatever good fighter you are, and whatever bad or good day it is for Wlodarczyk, be sure, you will have to give your soul to beat the guy. Remember him fighting excellent Russian prospect Chakhiev with absolute record 16:0 in Moscow . Wlodarczyk was fighting in his opponent’s back yard, he was cut and blodied and loosing on points in the first half of the fight just to go and stop Chakhiev in the 9th. Isn’t this the best proof the guy has the iron balls? You can never be sure you had him finished, unless you see khim KOed and sleeping on the floor till count 10, which has never happened before. Wlodarczyk also has the reputation of the KO artist, in fact, he has more KOs under his belt, than Murat fought pro fights in his life..


Another important thing about Wlodarczyk, his style is defensive enough to minimize the amount of leather he ate during his career. In other words, he’s not a shot fighter! Now, Murat stepped into the ring of Newark, full of Polish boxing funs. Unless Murat had a well thought plans A, B and C, he would be in trouble, because Diablo was also having in his corner Fyodor Lyapin, who be sure had collected via his Russian contacts anything possible you want to know before you go fighting the man with punching power of Murat Gassiev! (Poles have always been famous for their intelligence work!!))

Now, with all above said, you might ask me why the heck did I bet on Murat in this fight? )))


First of all, I see Murat, not only as the man with iron fists and iron chin, but as the man with the IQ of a rocket scientist. Read his World Series fights analysis on the social media. His accounts are simply brilliant and honestly, I have never seen before any boxer amature or pro, capable to right such clever and well balanced boxing accounts, his thinking ability and style show the man who could be success in any trade.


Wlodarczyk faced the man (??) of unprecedented power! Second, whatever dangerous reputation of a KO artist Murat has, we all know he could go a good 12 rounds distance with a stuborn and hard punching opponent, as all of us could see from Murat’s fight with another Russian champion Denis Lebedev! Wlodarczyk was slick enough to drain Chekhiev in the first 6 rounds of their clash in Moscow, but he was 5 years older now and his opponent was ready to welcome him alright into the 12-rounds red-blooded marathon.


Whatever protected Polish ‘Diablo’ was in his raised to the arm pits boxing trunks and low head, stepping for the 58th time into the square ring he faced.. well, lets put it this way - a much younger version of the Devil.


Murat stepped into the ring relaxed like the fight was already over. His charming smile appeared as effortless as only with a very happy man can be. The Caucasian warrior started the fight smoothly setting up positions for very meaningful right jabs, as well as left uppercuts to the head. Wlodarczyk responded with some very crisp left jabs, but clearly was not prepared for any complex action, and was only trying yet to see how should he deal with his dangerous Russian opponent.

Warmed up by the quiet first round both fighters started to pull from upon the sleeve the tricks they have drafted for the battle. After one of Gassiev’s attacks Wlodarczyk tried to respond with right jab left uppercut combo, but Gassiev was very swift in his footwork to escape from a counter-attack – a good lesson about fighting Wlodarczyk he probably learned from another Russian conquer of the Pole – Grigory Drozd.

Some Russian voices in the audience called Davai! - clearly asking Murat to add some steam to the fight! Murat landed several right jabs on Wlodarczyk’s tight defense, he also added afterwards some left uppercuts to the head, also partly blocked by a well protected Polish fighter.


Wlodarczyk tried to resist Murat’s mounting pressure, in some instances even carefully wrestling him back from the ropes to the center of the ring. Meanwhile Murat continued to land right jabs followed by the left uppercut to the head. By the end of second round Gassiev’s activity had pretty much frozen any of Wlodarczyks attacking and counter-attacking initiative.

In round 3 Wlodarczyk started more often changing movement direction in order to escape Gassiev’s pressure. Slick Pole also added some left jabbing. Yet, Gassiev kept successfully bombing him with right jab and left uppercuts to the head. Wlodarczyk back was already getting red from constantly scratched by the ropes.


Whatever fast the Polish boxer tried to move, the Russian puncher was right on him. The ending came at 1’45” of round 3 when after sending right jab and left uppercut to the head, Gassiev had also added to his attack a left uppercut to the body, which KOed Wlodarczyk flat face down for the first time in his pro career.


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