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Donaire: Fighting a Monster Is a Big Motivation!

(November 1st) Legendary Filipino-American Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) is poised to tame Japan’s ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs) on November 7 in the WBSS Bantamweight Ali Trophy final at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

 

The bantamweight finalists are both fearsome knockout artists who can stop their opponents, but Inoue’s total fight time of 5 minutes and 29 seconds in the World Boxing Super Series has turned him into the man of the hour.

 

“Fighting one of the world’s best boxers who have grown into a monster is a big motivation,” said Donaire, a multiple world champion in four weight classes.

 

Despite his impressive merits, strong performances in the WBSS and status as WBC Diamond and WBA ‘Super’ Champion, ‘The Filipino Flash’ does not enter the ‘Drama in Saitama’ as a favourite against the IBF World and WBA ‘Regular’ champ. But he strongly believes in delivering a result that will reverberate around the world.

 

“I’m just very excited,” said the 36-year-old. “I don’t see myself with any disadvantages going into the final.

 

“I will give everything I have to win and I believe I can do it. It has been predicted that the keys to the fight are speed and power and the one who makes a mistake first will lose. On the other hand, we both have boxing brains, so it can be a long game like chess.”

 

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Inoue Q&A: “I Will Show the Best

Performance of My Career to Win “Ali Trophy”!

(October 30th) Japan’s ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs) breaks down the WBSS Bantamweight Ali Trophy final against legendary Filipino-American Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on November 7.

 

The tournament No. 2 seed knocked out former champ Juan Carlos Payano 70 seconds into their quarter-final and then stopped Emmanuel Rodriguez in round two of the semi to claim the IBF World title as he blasted his way to the final contest for the coveted Ali Trophy. His total fight time in the tournament is an astounding 5 minutes and 29 seconds, but the best is yet to come, the ‘Monster’ vows.

 

Did you ever believe it would only take you 5 minutes and 29 seconds to reach the final?

“No, I never imagined it.”

 

What is your prediction for the final?

“I’m prepared to fight for 12 rounds with Nonito Donaire, but if I see an opening, I will aim for a knockout.”

 

What is your assessment of Nonito Donaire? What are his skills and abilities?

“I have been watching Donaire throughout his career and was stealing his moves when I was starting out in boxing. I have a lot of respect for Donaire,  I have idolised him and that’s why he was the one I wanted to fight the most in this tournament. But now it’s time for a change of generations.”

 

What would it mean to you to win the WBSS and Ali Trophy?

“I entered this tournament to prove I am the best bantamweight in the world. I’m in great condition and on November 7, I will show the best performance of my career to win the Ali Trophy.”

 

What is your greatest motivation and what is your ultimate career ambition?

“This final will be the biggest highlight of my career thus far. It will also be like a crossroad fight for what lies ahead for my future. I’m just looking forward to seeing what is waiting ahead in my career after winning the Ali Trophy.”

Spectacular Inoue / Donaire Ali Trophy Final

Set for November 7th In Saitama, Japan!

(September 7th) Japan’s ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs) and legendary Filipino-American Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire (40-5, 26 KOs) clash for the 118lb Ali Trophy at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on November 7.

 

Comosa AG, the organiser of the World Boxing Super Series, is delighted to travel to Japan for the bantamweight final.

 

“The Muhammad Ali Trophy and the best production in boxing arrive in the Land of the Rising Sun for a huge spectacle,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer. “Two bonafide superstars are going to find out who is the very best in the division and bring home the Ali Trophy.

 

Inoue has proved why he is called the Monster, he is a freak of nature, his power from another planet, and the already iconic Donaire, who produced one of the knockouts of the year in his semi-final, is looking as strong as ever in the twilight of his career.

 

“What a duel, what a conclusion and what an arena. We simply can’t wait to see who of these gladiators will lift the Trophy on November 7!”

 

Inoue and Donaire have both impressed in the bantamweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series on their way to the final to fight for the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy.

 

Inoue has sent shockwaves throughout boxing and the wider world of sport with his quarter-final and semi-final performances. The three-weight champ, and current WBA ‘Regular’ and IBF World Bantamweight titlist was already a well-known name in boxing but has become almost a paranormal phenomenon in the quest for the greatest prize in boxing.

 

Late last year after his famous, electrifying jab-cross’ and ‘Gone in 70 seconds’ win over Juan Carlos Payano, the 26-year-old became the first Japanese national to occupy The Ring cover since the magazine’s foundation in 1922, and following a stunning second-round stoppage of Emmanuel Rodriguez in the semi-final he bolstered his reputation to the top of the pound-for-pound ranks.

 

The ‘Monster’s total fight time in the tournament is incredible 5 minutes and 29 seconds. Of Inoue’s 18 bouts, impressively 13 were for the world title, but his biggest test to date lies ahead in the shape of Nonito Donaire, the WBC Diamond and WBA ‘Super’ World Bantamweight Champion, who has held multiple world championships in four weight classes.

 

“I can’t wait for the final,” said Inoue. “Donaire is to me a legend in the sport of boxing, and I am honoured to be sharing the ring with him in the final. But I will do my very best to win against the legend to claim the Ali trophy.”

 

Said Mr. Ohashi, Inoue’s promoter: “Inoue is known as The Monster’ and Nonito Donaire is a legend in the sport.  I have always felt these two were destined to fight in the ring. It will be a spectacular finale of a great tournament.”

 

Donaire won his quarter-final, as tournament No 1. seed Ryan Burnett was forced to retire from after four rounds of action due to a lower back injury. And the 36-year-old scored a stunning one-punch 6th round knockout of American Stephon Young in the semi-final; a devastating left hook put Young down and out – after the original opponent, Zolani Tete, had to pull out with a shoulder injury only days before the bout.

 

Donaire said before watching Inoue’s semi-final against Emmanuel Rodriguez: “Inoue has always supported me in this tournament and we have an unspoken thing that we wanted to face each other in the final.”

 

On November 7 at the Saitama Super Arena, one of the largest indoor arenas in the world, just north of Tokyo, it’s Judgement Day for the ‘Monster’ and ‘The Filipino Flash’.

 

“I am looking forward to the final in Japan and a great fight,“ said Donaire. “I have fought several world champions, and I will come well prepared. Inoue is an amazing fighter, but I saw flaws in his semi-final, and I think I can definitely create a game plan against him and win the Ali Trophy.”

 

Said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Ringstar Sports, Donaire’s promoter: “November 7 will be a monstrous night for boxing! They call Inoue ‘The Monster’ but Nonito Donaire is undefeated at bantamweight. He is the real Monster and will yet again show the world why he is a true legend of the sport!”

 

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WBSS Season 2 Finals:

Bantamweights

Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire – 7 Nov, Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan

Super-Lightweights

Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor

Cruiserweights

Mairis Briedis vs Yunier Dorticos

“Monster” Splash!

Manga Makeover for Inoue On Ring Cover!

(July 9th) The cover art for the new The Ring Magazine features unbeaten pound-for-pound and WBSS superstar Naoya Inoue as designed by renowned manga author George Morikawa.

 

Naoya Inoue’s performances in the World Boxing Super Series have sent shockwaves throughout boxing and the wider world of sport. The three-weight champ was already a well-known name in boxing but has become a phenomenon in the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

 

Late last year after his famous ‘Gone in 70 seconds’ win over Juan Carlos Payano, the 26-year-old became the first Japanese national to occupy The Ring cover since the magazine’s foundation in 1922, and following a stunning second-round stoppage of Emmanuel Rodriguez in the WBSS semi-final in Glasgow, ‘The Monster’ returns in manga style.

 

Morikawa created the boxing manga series ‘Hajime no Ippo’ (The First Step), which has sold approximately 100 million copies worldwide. In recent years, the series has also been the subject of both television shows and video games. Now he can add drawing the cover of the ‘Bible of Boxing’ to his impressive resume.

 

“Naoya Inoue is a special fighter to me as a fellow Japanese,” said Morikawa to The Ring. “I drew the artwork with all my heart as a fan of boxing and a fan of Naoya.”

 

Read more about the September issue’s cover story, which is available to digital subscribers, here.

 

Inoue’s total fight time in the WBSS is only 5 minutes and 29 seconds, and neither quarter-final opponent Juan Carlos Payano or Emmanuel Rodriguez had ever been dropped before.

 

Inoue meets another formidable fighter, Nonito Donaire, in the bantamweight final of the WBSS this fall. Fans are advised to sign-up to receive ticket alerts about the Season II Finals here,

 

WBSS Season 2 Finals:

Bantamweights

Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire

 

Super-Lightweights

Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor

 

Cruiserweights

Mairis Briedis vs Yunier Dorticos

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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