Trainer Sanchez Not Pretending His Guy Gassiev Is Favored To Win WBSS Cruiser Tourney

It’s almost kickoff time for the World Boxing Super Series, that two tiered tournament, which pits world class super middleweights and cruiserweights in an elimination situation.

Alexsandr Usyk meets Marco Huck, in a tango taking place in Berlin, Saturday. American boxing fans are hoping to hear soon what the broadcast platform will be.

I asked trainer Abel Sanchez, in the latest Everlast TALKBOX, if he thinks his guy Murat Gassiev (24-0 with 17 KOs), is the favorite to win the cruiser trophy and pile of loot?

“I think Usyk and Gassiev are penciled into the finals according to the so-called experts, but as we know going back some years with Andre Ward, anything can happen in these tournaments,” Sanchez noted.

Indeed; Ward was a newish kid on the block when he entered the Super Six 168 pound tournament in 2009. He was “just” 20-0 meeting 42-1 Mikkel Kessler, a reigning world champion, in the tourney opener. He beat Kessler, then Allan Green, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch in the final, to take the W. “Ward got away with winning it, and winning it convincingly,” Sanchez said. “So, there’s nobody that’s the favorite. I think the guy that has a good night and a great training camp is gonna be the winner.”

Sanchez told us he thinks Gassiev’s first WBSS scrap comes Oct. 21, probably in NJ.

He will battle Poland’s Krystof Wlordarcyyk.

Briedis faces Mike Perez in another quarterfinal (Sept 30 in Latvia), while on Sept 23, Yunior Dorticos fights Dmitriy Kudryashov.

It is puzzling that no US TV has been announced….

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