Briedis / Dorticos Set for WBSS Finals!
By: Alfred Zimmerman
June 15th, Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia: In the first half of the WBSS Cruiserweight semifinals hometown World Boxing Organization World Cruiserweight Champion Mairis Briedis added the World Boxing Council World Cruiserweight Title to his collection scoring a controversial third round stoppage of Walcz, Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki.
The orthodox positioned Briedis attempting to hold the southpaw Glowacki outside early collapsed to an inside brawl with the former Muay Thai fighter Briedis answering a Glowacki shot to the back of the head with an immediate elbow sending him to the canvas drawing a referee Robert Byrd point deduction. Briedis going back to work would catching the retreating Pole with a canvas drawing double right, left hand combination. Briedis keeping his foot on the gas and supported by a referee extended round would deliver Glowacki to the canvas a second time with a heavy combination highlighted by a clean right hand.
Recognizing his wounded prey Briedis charged out in round three landing a hard right high on the head dropping the beaten Pole southpaw to the canvas forcing referee Byrd to call it done at 0:27 of round three. Briedis headed to the finals moves to 26-1, 19Ko’s while Glowacki stopped for the first time drops to 31-2, 19Ko’s.
In the second half of the evening semi-finals Miami, Florida based Cuban Yunier Dorticos grabbed the vacant International Boxing Federation World Cruiserweight belt enroute to the WBSS Cruiserweight with a stunning one punch tenth round knockout of Las Vegas previously unbeaten “Beast” Andrew Tabiti.
Following an extended two round feeling out session with Dorticos gradually increasing the pressure and Tabiti in retreat attempting to keep the fight at long range.
Dorticos slowly closing the gap would suffering a nasty cut over his right eye and Tabiti losing a point for excessive holding in round six would continue to out work Tabiti finally walking him into a drilling right hand in round ten sending the Floyd Mayweather Sr. trained “Beast” to the deck where referee Eddie Claudio immediately waved the bout over at 2:33 of round ten. Dorticos headed to the finals improves to 24-1, 22Ko’s while Tabiti suffering his first pro defeat slips to 17-1, 13Ko’s.