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Dorticos: “The KO Doctor

Is Coming to Riga and I Will Not Disappoint!

(March 12th) Cuba’s Yunier Dorticos (23-1, 21 KOs) has no problem with travelling abroad when he faces USA’s Andrew Tabiti (17-0, 13 KOs) in an Ali Trophy 200lb Semi-Final on June 15 at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.


The Miami-based KO artist, who held the WBA cruiserweight title from 2017 to 2018, is used to fighting on foreign soil. Especially Europe has been the battling ground for the No. 2 seed in the cruiserweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series.


“Europe is like my first home from the very beginning when I started travelling the world as a teenager with the Cuban amateur boxing team and competing,” said 32-year-old Dorticos.


“I boxed in Russia, Romania, France, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Germany to name a few and now I will fight in Riga, Latvia. The ‘KO Doctor’ is coming to Riga and I will not disappoint!”


The big-hitting Cuban went to Sochi in Russia with his WBA belt last year to meet Russia’s Murat Gassiev in a Season 1 semi-final with the devastating result of the rare tasting of his own medicine in the form of a KO defeat in the waning seconds of the 12th and final round. Dorticos vows to exchange last year’s defeat to the ultimate prestige of raising the Ali Trophy.


In the quarter-final this season he won a tough twelve round unanimous decision in Orlando, USA over Germany’s Mateusz Masternak with scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113. The prescription for Tabiti in Riga will be ‘very painful’.


“Tabiti will learn why I’m called the ‘KO Doctor’ and my opponent in the final will get the same treatment,” said Dorticos who doesn’t lack respect for the opposition in the quest for the Ali Trophy.


“All the boxers in the tournament are great and that’s why World Boxing Super Series is the best thing that has happened to boxing. But I will win the Ali Trophy this season and clean out the division. Nothing will stop me from winning. This time around, the trophy is mine.”


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WBSS Cruiserweight Extravaganza:

Dorticos vs Tabiti Semi Final Heads to Riga!

(February 27th) Yunier Dorticos (23-1, 21 KOs) and Andrew Tabiti (17-0, 13 KOs) join Mairis Briedis & Krzysztof Glowacki when they continue their quest for the Ali Trophy in the 200lb division on June 15 at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.


With the Judgement Day semi-finals taking place the same night the winners will go head-to-head after the battles have been settled.


Cuba’s Yunier Dorticos won a tough twelve round unanimous decision over Germany’s Mateusz Masternak in his quarter-final with scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113. While USA’s Andrew Tabiti won a hard-fought decision by scores of 116-111, 115-112 and 114-113 over Russia’s Ruslan Fayfer to advance to the semi-final. Now the ‘KO doctor’ and ‘The Beast’ are about to clash in the Latvian capital


“It’s an honour and I’m extremely excited to fight in Riga, it’s a beautiful country with amazing people and culture,“ said Dorticos, the tournament No. 2 seed. “My game plan will be simple: Tabiti will learn why I’m called the ‘KO Doctor’. A doctor can operate at any level. It can be a quick procedure or a prolonged procedure. Regardless it will be very painfully for Tabiti.


“I can’t wait for the bell to ring because he’s an obstacle into the final and I will run him over like a train! I will win the semi-finals at all cost.”


The KO artist has the ultimate occasion of redeeming himself after last year’s semi-final defeat against Murat Gassiev.


“Once and for I will showcase why I’m the best and most exciting cruiserweight in the world to watch. To all the fans all over the world and to all the fans in Riga you can expect the best version of ‘The KO Doctor’. I’m bringing the fireworks on my fist and it will be a historic night in Riga!” said Dorticos.


“I’m looking forward to this fight in Riga,” said Tabiti, a rising star among legendary Floyd Mayweather’s promotion stable. “I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to prove I’m one of the best out there in my division since the beginning of my career. I believe this is the fight where I’ll show the world that I’m world champion material. My discipline and patience along with my boxing IQ make me confident that I will get the victory over Dorticos.”


June 15 marks the third time for the World Boxing Super Series to travel to Riga after a Season 1 quarter-final and semi-final, Mairis Briedis vs Mike Perez and Aleksandr Usyk vs Mairis Briedis, previously having been held at the Arena Riga in front of ecstatic capacity crowds.


Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer said: “We said we wanted to make Riga into a fight city and I think we have already done that, but now we have raised the bar again and we truly make Riga into Las Vegas for one night. We are very excited to continue the Ali Trophy tradition in this great and now established fight city.

Glowacki Declares War on Policeman Briedas

In WBSS Semi-Final On June 15th!

(February 11th) Latvia’s Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KOs) and Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs) exchanged words and went head-to-head at the kick-off press conference in Riga ahead of their 200lb semi-final clash at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.


Both combatants defeated their quarter-final opponents by unanimous decisions. No. 1 seed Briedis beat Germany’s Noel Mikaelian to claim a spot in the semi-final, while 3rd seed Glowacki took the win against Russia’s Maksim Vlasov.


“I cannot wait to get in the ring in Riga,” Glowacki told after Monday’s press conference in Latvia’s capital. “I fought here in 2017 on the undercard of the WBSS quarter-final Briedis vs Perez. I remember a wonderful atmosphere and thousands of fans cheering for Mairis.


“Not everybody knows about it but a few years ago Mairis trained in our gym in Warsaw for some time. We haven’t sparred each other, but I know what he’s capable of and I have o lot of respect for him. But I’m confident I’ll beat him.”


“I prepare for the best version of Mairis so he should be prepared for the best version of Glowacki. I always fight until the final bell … or the final punch! It will be a war! ‘Glowka’ is coming!”


Hometown hero Briedis, who came straight from his part-time job as a policeman to the press conference, is looking forward to getting a second chance to reach the 200lb final. Last year he came as close possible when he lost via a split decision to Ukraine’s Aleksandr Usyk at the Arena Riga.


“The reason I am in my uniform is that I came right from work,” Briedis. “But now it is time to spend more time in the gym. I am looking forward to the exceptional atmosphere at the Arena Riga and another WBSS semi-final. Another possibility to achieve what I didn’t in the first season.


“Glowacki is a strong fighter, we are both going for victory so it should be an interesting fight. Glowacki is tough, but there are no weak opponents in the super series. This is where the best meet the best.”


“We expect to see two of the best fighters on the planet battle it out for a space in the final of the Ali Trophy,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer. “Glowacki is someone who has reached the top of the game already, he has been a world champion after a ‘fight of the year’ against Marco Huck, where he showed what an outrageous warrior he is knocking out the record title defending champion.


“Briedis needs no introduction in this room. He is someone who has proven himself at the very, very top of the game obviously winning the world title. Someone who went on to fight in the first season in the World Boxing Super Series and was so close and unlucky against someone, Usyk, which many consider as the best boxer on the planet pound-for-pound.”


“This sets up very nicely for a massive event here in Riga. We are looking forward to June 15. ”

Briedis vs Glowacki WBSS Cruiserweight Semi-Final

Set for June 15th at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia!

(February 6th) Latvia’s Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KOs) and Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs) continue their quest for the Ali Trophy in the 200lb division on June 15 at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.


Briedis and Glowacki both defeated their hard-fighting quarter-final opponents by unanimous decisions November 10 last year in Chicago. Briedis beat Germany’s Noel Mikaelian to claim a spot in the semi-final, while Glowacki took the win against Russia’s Maksim Vlasov.


Now tournament No.1 seed Briedis and No.3 seed Glowacki will battle it out in Latvia’s capital for a place in the cruiserweight final of the World Boxing Super Series.


Briedis is back at the Arena Riga after 2018’s incredible Season 1 semi-final which saw Ukraine’s Aleksandr Usyk defeating the hometown hero after a close and thrilling encounter.


“I can’t wait for the opportunity to get to the final,” said Briedis. “We are going to have another boxing celebration in Latvia that will be watched by the whole world and give me a second chance in front of my people to achieve what I missed the first season.”


Glowacki – supported big a big crowd Polish American crowd in Chicago – is self-assured ahead of the forthcoming clash.


“I can’t wait to get in the ring in Riga,” said Glowacki. “I’m confident I’ll beat Mairis on June 15 and move on and win the WBSS tournament and the Muhammad Ali Trophy!”


The World Boxing Super Series is looking forward to getting back to Riga.


“We are expecting another exciting night at the Arena Riga,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer. “The 200lb tournament is about finding the best cruiserweight for the future. Both Briedis and Glowacki are eager – and have the potential – to be that boxer and they will produce a spectacular semi-final.”


On Monday Briedis and Glowacki will come face to face at a press conference in Riga.

Glowacki and Briedis Advance to Semi-Finals!

(November 11th) After six weeks of back-to-back doubleheader action across the globe the WBSS Quarter-Finals of Season II came to a conclusion in Chicago, USA when Krzysztof Glowacki and Mairis Briedis booked their places in next year’s semis.


Poland’s hard-hitting Glowacki picked up the decision against Russia’s Maksim Vlasov, who showed a lot of heart, by scores of 118-110, 117-110, 115-112 to earn the Interim WBO Cruiserweight title at the UIC Pavilion in The Windy City.

In the second main event of the evening, Latvia’s Mairis Briedis had to dig deep to proceed in the tournament and to be crowned the new WBC Diamond Champion.


The judges scored it 116-110, 115-111, 114-112 all in favour of the No. 1 seed who was up against a brave fighting challenger in Germany’s Noel Mikaelian.


“Thanks to the fans in Chicago,” said Briedis. “This was a hard fight, but we did it!”


In Season 1 Briedis gave the later Ali Trophy winner Aleksandr Usyk the toughest fight of the tourney and his career in losing a 12 round majority decision.


He is now facing Glowacki in this season’s 200lb semi-final.


“It will be another tough fight against a very good fighter. I will sit down with my coaches and prepare more than ever to make sure I get the win,” said Briedis.


Glowacki was is confident mood after 12 rounds of action and facing off with his future opponent.


“Vlasov was really tough and kept getting up. Briedis is a great fighter, I’m expecting an interesting fight,” said Glowacki.


The World Boxing Super Series returns in 2019 with six sensational semi-final match-ups. Locations and venues will be announced in due course.


WBSS - Cruiserweight Semi-Finals

Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki

Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti

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