Only two matches in the heavyweight division took Murat Gassiev (28-1, 21 KOs) to be promoted in the Top 10 fighters according to BoxRec, as he is currently the ninth heavyweight in the world according to their rankings. He has the same ranking on the IBF rankings, which should not be surprising since it is an organization whose title the 28-year-old Russian held while fighting in the lightweight category.
The third heavyweight match, also the second in 2021, was to take place on December 25, when Andrei Rudenko (34-5, 20 KOs) would face him in Sochi. The 38-year-old Ukrainian would be a good exam for an extra step towards bigger matches, but Gassiev will have to wait for a new entry into the ring.
During the last phase of preparations, he suffered an arm injury and had to cancel the match. As it is a fracture of the right hand, it will take some time for healing and recovery, which will slow down his rise a bit.
He still has the recovery process, and no one doubts that Gassiev will come out of this stronger and that he will return to the ring and show the quality he has.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after his recovery, but the most important thing is to be back and healthy for the next challenges he will face Gassiev has been mostly great in his career so far. He suffered his only defeat in July 2018, when Oleksandr Usyk overcame him by a unanimous decision.
It was a match for the absolute lightweight champion, in which they both entered as holders of two belts, and in which Gassiev offered good resistance, but the Ukrainian was proverbially brilliant. Gassiev eventually accompanied him to the heavyweight division, wishing they would meet again in the ring over time.
It is a great pity that this match did not take place, since the heavyweight category is becoming more and more exciting and with each new match, new options of great trials open up. The 38-year-old Ukrainian would be a good exam for an extra step towards bigger matches, but Gassiev will have to wait for a new entry into the ring.
Filip Hrgović is also looking for his place under the sun, but a look at all the names makes it clear that the road to the world's top will be thorny. For a long time, there have not been so many phenomenal heavyweights who are just waiting for their chance to step forward. And they are all incredibly dangerous and motivated.