Murat Gassiev Stops Jordan Shimmell 2016 KO of the Year – The moment Murat Gassiev landed his left hook on Jordan Shimmell this past May 17th it was clear that the fight was over. Shimmell fell into the ropes and then on his back and he would not be getting up for a long time.
Gassiev showed a lot of things with his knock out. Shimmell was 20-1 heading into the fight and he owned a vast amateur background that gave him solid fundamentals. Gassiev was known as more of a headhunter.
Shimmell was boxing in the early going trying to keep Gassiev at bay but early on it became apparent that Gassiev owned the physical advantages. Shimmell got off a few decent exchanges and Gassiev was getting marked up around the forehead.
Gassiev did not appear hurt but his body language showed frustration almost to the point of anger as he closed in with Shimmell along the ropes.
Gassiev stepped forward, planting his feet and threw a vicious lead right hand that missed. No less lethal or deliberate was the left hook that followed as Gassiev was looking for the KO blow.
The left hook landed flush on the chin of Shimmell, who was already unconscious before he hit the ground. Gassiev turned and walked away, his job done for the evening. The scowl on Gassiev’s face did not hint at any sort of celebration or relief at the win. That was the face of a man who was ready to “headhunt” some more.
Murat Gassiev Stops Jordan Shimmell 2016 KO of the Year
Gassiev parlayed the highlight reel KO into a major opportunity for his next bout, and he capitalized on his chance to fight for the IBF world cruiserweight title by outboxing long-time champion Denis Lebedev to show he was a little more than just a headhunter. Back in May, however, it was Gassiev’s fury that earned him the 2016 KO of the Year.
Murat Gassiev Stops Jordan Shimmell 2016 KO of the Year / read more about the 2016 KO of the Year by Kid Hersh, who attended the fight live, only at The Sweet Science.