Discussion in 'World Boxing Forum' started by Brixton Bomber, Feb 16, 2019.
He'd absolutey spark Chisora and Whyte out, IMHO.
Parker and Ortiz would be interesting.
Not good. He’s way too one dimensional and his power wouldn’t be anything special at heavyweight. He needs to get more active and get more experience before moving up, since Ortiz would toy with Gassiev just like Usyk did, but unlike Usyk he would’nt show Gassiev mercy and would stop him. Parker and Whyte would both decision Gassiev. Chisora on the other hand has been shot for many years now, so Gassiev beating him wouldn’t be an accomplishment.
Would his power have the same effect at heavyweight though and could he take a heavyweight punch?
Fury would outbox him the same way Usyk did and he has never fought fighters with the reach and power od AJ or Wilder.
he's young he should wait till he's 27-28 to movee up
Gassiev has done nothing in his career that would lead me to think he'd beat Whyte or Chisora. Let the cruiserweight Abraham fight at heavyweight first, and actually beat some people before embellishing his ability in such a way.
chisora has done nothing in his career, but lose. whyte went life and death twice with over the hill never was chisora. if gassiev can't beat them, he better stay at cw.
Gassiev is solid, I'm just saying he's done nothing to make me think he'd beat a top five heavyweight.
He'd could beat a few stiffs, but would get annihilated against any top level guy.
hw is pretty pathetic aside from Joshua.
He might just do better than Usyk.
I think a Povetkin fight could be a lot of fun
Haye's power translated up to HW very respectably, so I don't see why Gassiev's wouldn't. He doesn't deliver his shots with quite the same reckless venom as Haye (who was more of a Marco Huck swing for the fences guy) but then neither did/does Povetkin, and he's had plenty of success at only a shade heavier than Gassiev, with a more or less comparable style, frame size and physical attributes.
I agree that Gassiev's one-dimensionality might see him struggle against bigger fighters who could smother him or keep him at bay, which is why I'd like to see him acclimate at HW a little longer than Usyk, but if he can develop a decent jab and a bit of head movement then he could be a nightmare for a lot of guys. He has a lot of room for growth if he's willing to listen.
Probably beats Wilder lol.
He might struggle to hurt the really big lumps like Breazeale and Miller, but his sharpness and speed could see him stunning a lot of guys that heavier handed fighters fail to budge. That's the nature of power; it doesn't proceed in a linear fashion up the weightclasses quite as much as we like to think. What we do know is that he's a harder, and more lethal, puncher than Breidis (going by the eye test at least), and Briedis had no problems dropping Charr with a single punch that had Charr totally unconscious. Personally I'd put Gassiev on a similar plane to Povetkin, who has no problems getting fighters' respect.
As for whether he could take a HW punch, I don't see why not. His main problems would be his tendency to block shots on the gloves without firing back or attempting to close distance. A good jabber could neutralise him easily just by keeping him in his shell, and heavier fighters could smother him and wear him down. If he moves up to HW he'll need to develop a much better jab game, and integrate more distance closing strategies in order to negate his (slight) lack of size.