World Boxing Super Series: The Final Four
World Boxing Super Series: The Final Four (83-0, 68 KOs)
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
January 13, 2018
Brooklyn, NY: “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” – Muhammad Ali
The World Boxing Super Series, which featured the best cruiserweight fighters in boxing, is now down to the four best fighters in the division. All combatants are heavy-handed and have the ability of finishing a fight in dramatic knockout fashion.
The Tournament has been designed to honor Muhammad Ali, his accomplishments and legacy. Crowning new champions each year and celebrating Boxers skills inside the ring serves as a fitting reminder as to how much Muhammad Ali contributed to the sport of Boxing both inside and outside the ring.
In doing so, the final victor of this last four-man tournament will walk away with the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy, along with the glory of being the Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion of the world. The stage is set and before the year is out there will be only one champion at the top of the division.
The tournament, the first of its kind, kicked off in September 2017. It featured eight Quarter Finals matches with the top cruiserweights in the world. We are now at the semifinals of the tournament with the final four combatants ready to win the prize money, trophy, and recognition as being “the best of the best” in the world.
January 27, 2018 – Arena Riga, Riga
WBC, WBO World Cruiserweight Title
Mairis Briedis, Riga, Latvia (23-0, 18 KOs) vs Oleksandr Usyk, Kiev, Ukraine (13-0, 11 KOs)
This is a battle of the number one ranked cruiserweight in the world (Usyk) against the number two ranked cruiserweight in the world (Briedis). Breidis, the current WBC Cruiserweight Champion, will be fighting in his home country against the current WBO Cruiserweight Champion Usyk in what’s expected to be a matchup of styles with Briedis fighting out of the orthodox stance and Kiev fighting out of the southpaw stance. In last win, where he defeated heavyweight and cruiserweight title contender Mike Perez, Briedis dominated his opponent in the very same arena that he’ll be facing Kiev. It is clear to say that Briedis will again have the hometown edge when Usyk steps in the ring on fight night. However, in facing Usyk, that advantage may go out the door as the southpaw Usyk will have a height (6’3 to 6’1) and reach advantage against his opponent.
Both men possess knockout power and will look to impose their will and become the unified champion at the end of their bout.
February 3, 2018 – Bolshoy Ice Dome, Adler (Russia)
IBF, WBA (Super) World Cruiserweight Title
Murat Gassiev, Vladikavkaz, Russia (25-0, 18 KOs) vs Yunier Dorticos, Havana, Cuba (22-0, 21 KOs)
Both Gassiev (IBF Cruiserweight Champion) and Dorticos (WBA, SUPER Cruiserweight Champion) quickly dispatched of their opponents with sensational knockouts to set up this matchup which many feels will not go the distance. Both men are evenly matched, standing at 6’3 (Dorticos) and 6’3 ½ (Gassiev); both fighting in the orthodox stance, and devastating knockout power. Gassiev, ranked number four in the world and Dorticos, ranked number five in the world, has the makings for being one of the best fights to take place not only in the year of 2018, but in the history of the division.
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ABOUT THE WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES
Organized by Comosa AG, the World Boxing Super Series kicked off in September 2017, featuring the Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight elite boxers will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament, with four quarter-finals (fall 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018). This makes for seven top fights per weight class, and a total of 14 fights in Season One to be staged in premier venues around the globe. The winners of the World Boxing Super Series will rightfully receive The Greatest Prize in Boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy. Visit www.WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com for more information or follow @WBSuperSeries on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES AT A GLANCE:
- Number of participants: 16
- Number of belts: 7
- Number of world champions: 6
- Number of former world champions: 3
- Number of undefeated fighters: 9
- Combined Record of participants: 423 wins, 17 losses, 294 KOs