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Usyk: “Ali Trophy

Heavyweight Tournament Would Be Really Cool”!

(June 11th) A week out from the Season 2 Cruiserweight Semi-Finals, Season 1 champ Aleksandr Usyk can’t pick a clear favourite in Riga and hopes for a WBSS tournament in his new division.

 

Usyk came, fought and took it all in Season 1 of the World Boxing Super Series. He became the first winner of the Ali Trophy after outpointing Murat Gassiev in the Final on July 21, the first undisputed world cruiserweight champion, the consensus 2018 Fighter of the year. All achieved through competing in best vs best format of the WBSS.

 

Usyk followed with a November defense of all four belts by knocking out former titlist Tony Bellew in the eighth round and then decided to move up to heavyweight and go after the titles.

 

“If the WBSS would decide to make an Ali Trophy tournament in the heavyweight division it would be really cool,” said Usyk. “It would be very interesting, but if I don’t know if it’s possible.”

 

The Ukrainian pound-for-pound star looks back on his part of the World Boxing Super Series with pride.

 

“Almost one year has already passed since the final of the first Ali Trophy …,” said Usyk.

 

“I remember when I heard that the WBSS would take place and cruiserweight was one of the divisions, the trophy was named after ‘The Greatest’ and four belts were at stake if all the champions participated. My first thought was: It’s a sign!

 

“My thinking was; I have to participate and God will help me win. I was very happy that I did it! I don’t think the tournament will ever be eclipsed.”

 

Two of Usyk’s now former belts, the WBC and WBO, are at stake in Riga on Saturday, June 15 when Mairis Briedis faces Krzysztof Glowacki in the semi-final – two fighters whose sole defeat on their record lists comes from Usyk. Yunier Dorticos and Andrew Tabiti are the other two battling in Latvia’s capital for a place in the final and division domination.

 

“To be honest, I have no idea who will win the cruiserweight tournament this year. It’s the ‘Big Four’ competing for the final, so let’s wait … I prefer not to make a prediction,” said Usyk.

 

“I follow and watch the WBSS and support all guys there because I know how tough it is to be involved. But I have no clear favourites in the three divisions. One thing is sure, the winners have raised their levels and can look forward to good fights and purses in the future.”

 

Tickets for the hotly-anticipated semi-final in Riga – Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki and Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti – are on sale via bilesuserviss.lv

 

All the action will be LIVE on DAZN in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K.

 

WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:

27 April – Cajundome, Lafayette, LA

Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh – Prograis W TKO6

Nonito Donaire vs Stephon Young – Donaire W KO6

 

18 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland

Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk – Taylor W UD12

Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez – Inoue W TKO2

 

15 June – Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia

Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki

Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti

WBC World Championship at Stake

In Briedis / Glowacki WBSS Semi Final In Riga!

(June 7th)  The WBC World Cruiserweight Championship is on the line when Latvia’s Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KOs) and Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs) clash for a place in the WBSS Cruiserweight Final on June 15 at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.

 

Ukrainian superstar Aleksandr Usyk ripped the green belt from Briedis in the semi-final last year on his way to winning the Cruiserweight Ali Trophy and becoming the undisputed king of the division. He has since moved up to heavyweight, meaning his titles will be contested.

 

“The WBC title is an additional weight on my shoulders but at the same time it gives even more motivation for the fight,” said Briedis, a former WBC World Champion from 2017 to 2018, and adds: “I am really looking forward to returning to the WBC Champions family!”

 

Krzysztof Glowacki, the WBO World Champion from 2015-2016, vows to bring the belt home to Poland.

 

“I am extremely delighted that my fight against Briedies has become even more important because of WBC belt,” said Glowacki. “It’s a great opportunity to become one of the best polish fighters in boxing history! I will do anything to win this fight and bring the world title to my country. My teammate Krzysztof Wlodarczyk was WBC champion for many years and now is time to bring the belt back home!”

 

“The vacant WBC title is adding even more gold dust to Briedis’ and Glowacki’s quest for the Ali Trophy in Riga,” said Kalle Sauerland. Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer. “They are both former world champions and incredibly eager to be crowned again!”

 

More news on the sensational doubleheader in Riga – Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki and Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti – will be announced in the coming days.

Sauerland: Is Inoue Going to Win

The Ali Trophy in 10 Minutes?! What a Monster!

(May 23rd) Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer wraps up Saturday’s semi-finals and looks forward to the cruiserweight semi-final showdowns on June 15 at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia.

 

“What a night of boxing it was,” said Sauerland of Saturday’s breathtaking doubleheader at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow. “Taylor is already now a Scottish legend after a terrific performance against another true warrior. This sets up a 50-50 final against Prograis. Both fighters seem very confident of going all the way and it really could go either way.

 

Inoue proved again why he is called the Monster, his power is simply from another planet. His total fight time in the tournament is now 5 minutes and 29 seconds, and neither Payano or Rodriguez had ever been dropped before. I mean, is this guy going to win the tournament in 10 minutes?!

 

“Inoue is clearly a phenomenon, absolutely unbelievable. And it is going to be a sensational final against Nonito Donaire, who produced one of the knockouts of the year in his semi-final and has been looking very comfortable and strong at bantamweight. It is going to be a huge spectacle.”

 

“We cannot wait to find our last finalists for the Ali Trophy,” said Sauerland. “But is it impossible to predict winners in these explosive match-ups. The throne in cruiserweight is empty and all four have the potential to be the new king.

 

“Briedis is obviously excited for the chance at redemption after dropping a majority decision to Usyk in last year’s semi-final, but he is up against a hard-hitting warrior in shape of Glowacki who has promised to bring war to Riga.

 

“Dorticos and Tabiti have a very entertaining beef right now going on at social media, and they both want to prove they are the best cruiserweight in the world. One thing is certain, we are in for another treat on June 15!”

 

The WBSS returns on June 15 with a sensational doubleheader at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia: Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki and Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti for spots in the cruiserweight final.

Inoue and Taylor Advance to the Final

After Monster Night In Glasgow!

(May 19th) ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue stops IBF champ Emmanuel Rodriguez to set up Nonito Donaire showdown and Josh Taylor dropped Ivan Baranchyk twice on his way to winning the IBF world title and booking his place in the WBSS final.

 

Japan’s phenomenon Naoya Inoue needed just two rounds to blast his way past Puerto Rico’s Emmanuel Rodriguez in the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight semi-final at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

 

The ‘Monster’ lived up to his reputation and added the IBF title and Ring belt to his WBA strap after sending Rodriguez to the canvas three times in the second round.

 

“I always felt like I could knock him out and that’s what I fought for,” said Inoue.

 

His mind-blowing performance sets up a clash with the ‘Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire in the WBSS bantamweight final.

 

“Nonito Donaire is a terrific fighter. He can box well, he can punch well. I’m confident I will beat him, although I’m not quite sure of my strategy just yet.”

 

“It was an incredible fight,” said Donaire on Inoue’s show. “I am looking forward to the final, this is the type of fight that I wanna be in. I always seek to fight the best of the best. The one with the best game plan wins the final.“

 

Scotland’s ‘Tartan Tornado’ Josh Taylor earned his first world title after producing a career-best performance against the tough Belarusian, ‘The Beast’ Baranchyk, and the unanimous decision verdict via scores of 117-109 and two times 115-111 means he is on to face WBA titleholder Regis Prograis in the super-lightweight final of the WBSS.

 

“I took more risks than I should have,” said Taylor. “And I could have made it easier on myself. If I had more time in the sixth round I would have stopped him. It was easy peasy.

 

“I’m so delighted of winning a world title and I can’t wait for the final now. I think I’m the best, Regis Prograis thinks he is the best. I am confident of going all the way.”

 

“It was an excellent fight,” said Prograis, who was watching from ringside. “But I am the best in the division and I will beat Taylor and take home the Ali Trophy.”

 

The WBSS returns on June 15 with a sensational doubleheader at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia: Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki and Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti for spots in the cruiserweight final.

Prograis and Donaire Advance

With WBSS Semi Final KO Wins!

By: Peter Falcone

April 27th, Cajun Dome, Lafayette, Louisiana: Headlining the World Boxing Series Semi-Final Double Header, Houston, Texas, based Louisianan, Regis “Rougarou” Prograis claimed the World Boxing Association World Super Lightweight Title scoring a sixth round TKO stoppage of Minsk, Belarus, Kiryl “Mad Bee” Relikh.

 

Going full “Rougarou” Louisiana native Prograis in complete control put Relikh on a knee with a hard southpaw left to the liver near the close of in round one.

 

Giving up the center of the ring Prograis content patrolling the perimeter controlled the space systematically breaking the “Mad Bee” down piling on the punishment landing a series of clean unanswered punches prompting referee Luis Pabon to call it at 1:36 of round six.

 

Prograis heads to the finals to meet the winner of the May 18th Josh Taylor/ Ivan Baranchyk semifinal at 24-0, 20Ko’s while Relikh off wins over Rances Barthelemy and Eduard Troyanovsky slips to 23-3, 19Ko’s.

In the double header co-feature San Leandro, California eight-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire advanced to the 118lb World Boxing Super Series Finals with a dramatic sixth round knockout of Saint Louis, Missouri, late replacement Stephon “Showstopper” Young.

 

36-year-old former champion Donaire took control stalking the out gunned IBF Champion Zolani Tete (Tete with a shoulder injury) replacement picking his spots opening up the “Showstopper” to a thudding fight stopping left hook dropping Young cold at 2:37 of round six. Donaire heads to the finals to face the winner of the May 18th Naoya Inoue / Emmanuel Rodriguez semi-final at 40-5, 26Ko’s while Young suffering just his second defeat slips to 18-2-3, 7Ko’s.

In a major upset Miami Beach, Florida, lightweight Melissa “The Shark” Hernandez scored an eight round unanimous decision over San Antonio, Texas highly touted previously unbeaten “Aztec Queen” Selina Barrios.

 

The 39-year-old “Shark” smelled the blood in the water after an accidental clash of heads that left the right hand locked and loaded Barrios cut near the left eye in round two taking the fight in close keeping “Aztec Queen” off balance pounding her way to a 80-72, 79-73 times two unanimous decision.

 

Hernandez improves to 23-7-3, 7Ko’s while Barrios the 26-year older sister of super lightweight Mario Barrios suffering her first defeat dips to 5-1, 2Ko’s.                   

In a four-round meeting of Louisiana welterweights, New Orleans, taller longer Jeremy Hill held Lafayette’s, Kaylyn Alfred at bay and on the end of his punches drawing him in close three times for knockdown body shots the third forcing referee Bruce McDaniel to stop the bout at 2:45 of round three. Hill improves to 7-0, 4Ko’s  while Alfreddrops to 3-2-1.

           

In a super lightweight mix-up New Orleans, Jonathan Montrel was awarded a third round TKO win when Tampa, Florida’s, Ivan Reyes could not answer the bell for round three claiming a left shoulder injury. Montrel improves to 3-0, 1Ko while the injured Reyes still in search of his first pro win falls to 0-2.

           

In a injury shortened four-round meeting of Louisiana light heavyweights New Orleans, Sean Hemphill landing the cleaner sharper punches at the time of the stoppage was awarded a first round TKO victory due to Monroe’s, Dennis Williams being unable to continue after hurting his right arm while in a clinch. Hemphill moves to 3-0, 3Ko’s while Williams sinks to 4-12-1, 2Ko’s.

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