EXCLUSIVE: British champ Matty Askin makes Usyk v Gassiev prediction, talks future title scenario

Thomas Davison 20/07/2018

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Matty Askin wants to fight for vacant world titles if the victor of the World Boxing Super Series moves up to heavyweight. 

Oleksandr Usyk will battle Murat Gassiev this Saturday in a contest which will determine the undisputed cruiserweight champion and the holder of all four belts – as well as the inaugural Muhammad Ali trophy.

There have been murmurs of the victor trying their hand in the 200 lbs plus category moving forward – which would leave the four belts vacant.

A move up to heavyweight for winner Usyk of Gassiev could create a similar situation to the junior welterweight class, where Terence Crawford moved up after cleaning up the division – which saw the likes of Maurice Hooker and Jose Ramirez pick up vacant straps.

“I will be watching that with a close eye. They both have visions of moving up to heavyweight and once those belts get vacated I can step in and fight for one of them.” Askin exclusively told World Boxing News.

As for who Askin thinks will reign supreme, he finds it hard to see past one man. “I see a Usyk win. He’s a more intelligent boxer; he throws loads of punches; his angles are great; he’s a nightmare.

“Gassiev didn’t look that well against Dorticos, I thought he was quite negative; he didn’t really throw a lot and if you do that against someone like Usyk, he will just rack them rounds up,” he added.

A shot at the winner – if they didn’t move up – would be fanciful at this stage for the 29-year-old, but when asked whether he would be willing to fight the victor he had a clear answer.

“I’d definitely fight either of them, I’ve never said no to a fight. That wouldn’t change for them. They are both elite fighters,” Askin stated. “But I would still go in there with the intention of winning and knocking the s*** out of them.”

But before talk of world titles can become a realistic possibility, Askin has to deal with Lawrence Okolie in their mandated clash, that looks set to land at Wembley Stadium in September.

Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93