Yunier Dorticos is set to meet Murat Gassiev on Saturday, in the second semifinal of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament.
The fight is also a unification bout, as Gassiev’s IBF title will be on the line, as well as Dorticos’ WBA belt. The winner will meet Oleksandr Usyk this spring in the final, which will unify all four major titles, as Usyk now holds the WBO and WBC belts.
Cuba’s Dorticos (22-0, 21 KO) is going on the road to Russia for the fight, but is sounding extremely confident, too.
“I’m ready to show Gassiev what a champion looks like and give him a challenge he’s never faced before. I want to take his belt. In other words, Gassiev is my next victim. I am preparing my body and soul for the most important fight in my career. Because the only thing I’m going to accept is the victory.
”I have worked hard to be able to be a part of this tournament, I have worked hard to be able to prove that I am the best cruiserweight in the world. I believe I am the best in the world, and I can’t wait to fight again and show the fans all over the world once again what ‘The KO Doctor’ is about.”