Former cruiserweight world champion Murat Gassiev of Russia will have the next fight in two to three months, according to promoter Vladimir Hryunov.
On Thursday night, Gassiev won his second bout in the heavyweight division. He picked up the Asian championship of the World Boxing Association (WBA) when he stopped German contender Michael Wallisch in the fourth round in Moscow, Russia.
“The plans are to hold the next fight for Murat in two or three months,” Hryunov said.
The 27-year-old Gassiev raised his record to 28 wins (21 by KO) with one defeat.
Due to injuries and promotional issues, Gassiev has not been very active in the last few years. He wants change all of that in the next twelve months.
"It was a very difficult three years for me, I want to say thank you to everyone who did not turn away from me. Thank you very much to the Russian Boxing Federation and promoter Vladimir Hryunov for giving me the opportunity to box and return to optimal shape. Today I fought a real heavyweight, with long arms and large dimensions, we are moving in the right direction," said Gassiev.
"For now, I need to remember how to box well. I need to return to my previous level, get better and achieve big goals - to become the world heavyweight champion."
In 2016, he won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world cruiserweight championship by defeating compatriot Denis Lebedev and then made a single defense of his belt. In 2018, Gassiev added the WBA belt to his collection when he knocked out Cuban puncher Yuniel Dorticos in a very exciting fight. In his last fight at cruiserweight, also in 2018, Gassiev lost his titles by way of a twelve round decision at the hands of Oleksandr Usyk.