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Gassiev to return versus Forrest in heavyweight bout

Murat Gassiev will make his long-awaited Heavyweight debut versus Jerry Forrest at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on Saturday February 29, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK – with rising Junior-Middleweight star Israil Madrimov in a World title eliminator and headline star Mikey Garcia showcasing two of his Garcia Promotions talents.

Gassiev (26-1 19 KOs) informed his move to Heavyweight in April after signing a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA, Ural Boxing and Warriors Boxing to fight on DAZN, following hot on the heels of his old Cruiserweight foe Oleksandr Usyk, the last opponent he faced in an undisputed World title clash and the final of the World Boxing Super Series in July 2018.

The Russian banger was set to make his bow in July at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas versus Joey Dawejko but a shoulder injury in the build-up forced the 26 year old to delay his entrance into a red-hot division.

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“I’m so happy to finally be able to make my debut at Heavyweight,” said Gassiev. “It has been frustrating not being able to fight but I am ready to go now, and I want to make up for lost time.

“When I box in Frisco it will have been nearly 600 days since I’ve fought and a lot has happened in the Heavyweight division over that time – I know that I can be a World champion at Heavyweight but I need to show to the rest of the division that I am a serious threat, and that starts on February 29.”

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Murat Gassiev vs Jordan Shimmell

Murat Gassiev vs Jordan Shimmell

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 (Black Bear Casino)

Unbeaten knockout artist Murat “Iron” Gassiev (22-0, 16 KOs) takes on hard-hitting Jordan Shimmell (20-1, 16 KOs) in a 12-round cruiserweight world title eliminator that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, May 17 from Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, MN.

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Murat Gassiev and Jordan Shimmell both made weight for their cruiserweight title semifinal eliminator.

Gassiev tipped the scales at 199.2-pounds, while Shimmell checked in at a trim and ready 196 pounds. Their scheduled 12-round bout will headline the next installment of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FS1 (Tuesday, 9:00 p.m. ET).

Gassiev and Shimmell will square off for the top spot for the cruiserweight title currently held by Victor Emilio Ramirez and the winner will be in line to face the winner of the unification bout between Ramirez and Denis Lebedev also taking place in May.

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Jordan Shimmell enters this fight with a 20-1 record that includes 16 knockouts. Shimmell has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a February win over Willis Lockett. Shimmell bounced back nicely from his loss to Isiah Thomas and hopes to put together another nice performance that proves he’s one of the top boxers in the United States. Shimmell has an impressive reach of 80 inches and uses his length to land combinations to the body and head that wear down their opponent over time. We saw what happened in Shimmell’s last fight, as Lockett was holding on for dear life and the referee eventually called the fight. Shimmell is relentless with his offensive attack and is a high IQ fighter who is also above-average defensively. Shimmell is an overall extremely polished boxer.

Murat Gassiev enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 16 knockouts. This will be Gassiev’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a December no contest against Isiah Thomas. Gassiev will be eager to redeem himself after he hit Thomas late and forced the referee to call the fight. Gassiev is a pressure fighter with quick and knockout power in both of his hands. In fact, Gassiev has won his last five fights by knockout. Gassiev is the definition of a scrapper and doesn’t mind trading punches with his opponent if it means he’s going to get his shots. The concern with Gassiev is that he doesn’t have a ton of head movement and ends up taking a lot of unnecessary punches.

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