Murat Gassiev to make heavyweight debut against Joey Dawejko in Texas next month

Gassiev and Dawejko meet on the undercard to Maurice Hooker and Jose Ramirez's super-lightweight unification clash.

MASHANTUCKET, CT - APRIL 17:  Murat Gassiev celebrates with the belt after winning by TKO against Felix Cora, Jr. during their IBF Intercontinental Crusier
Image: Murat Gassiev joins a star-studded heavyweight division with a 26-1 record

Murat Gassiev will make his long-awaited heavyweight debut against Joey Dawejko on July 27 in Texas.

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Russia's former unified cruiserweight champion was last in action when he lost the World Boxing Super Series final to Oleksandr Usyk in a battle for undisputed supremacy, and, like the Ukrainian, now moves up to join the big guns in pursuit of two-weight world glory.

Having narrowly suffered defeat to the unbeaten Sergey Kuzmin last time out, Philadelphia's battle-tested Dawejko will provide a fine measuring stick of Gassiev's heavyweight credentials when they collide at the College Park Center in Arlington.

The fight features on the undercard to super-lightweight Maurice Hooker's homecoming unification clash against WBC holder Jose Ramirez.

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