And Murat Gassiev, the big punching Russian, produced it, delivering a sledgehammer of a left hook with just 90 seconds remaining of their enthralling fight in Sochi. It was a shot the watching Gennady Golovkin would have been proud of.
Dorticos somehow got up but the damage was done and Gassiev won the fight by TKO to extend his own record to 26-0 and set up a winner-takes-all showdown with fellow unbeaten Oleksandr Usyk in Jeddah on May 11. On the line is the Muhammad Ali Trophy and the chance to be crowned cruiserweight division’s first undisputed champion. Usyk was ringside on Saturday and they whetted the appetite for the clash of the cruiserweight titans by indulging in their first face-off.