The fourth and final cruiserweight division quarterfinals match of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) tournament is on tap tonight when undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Murat "Iron" Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs) defends his world title against former two-time world champion Krzysztof "Diablo" Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), live from Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
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"I have a great opponent who is a very tough two-time champion," Gassiev said. "He is experienced and this will give me a great challenge on Saturday. I worked hard with Abel Sanchez all camp to put on a great performance on Saturday night. To be a champion and defend my belt is something I always dreamed of. I want to stay in this position for a long time.
"When we faced-off I looked inside his eyes and saw that he is very serious. He's ready for a big fight and I will make sure this is a great fight on Saturday. This is someone who earned his chance to fight me. I will always challenge the best in the division no matter who they are. I don't like to think ahead to a potential match-up with Yunier Dorticos. It would be a great fight but my focus is fully on Wlodarczyk.
"I feel great physically. This is an exciting tournament with four world champions. This is a great opportunity for all the fighters. I'm so thankful to be a part of this tournament. This is the best way to unify titles and show everyone that I am the best cruiserweight in the world."
"I have a great challenge in front of me on Saturday night," Wlodarczyk commented. "This is a young, tough opponent who earned his belt. I am going to have to be at my best and I feel I will be. What I can say is, we are going to find out who is better in the ring on Saturday. We'll see who has what it takes to make the next round of this tournament.
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