Mairis Briedis Vs Yuniel Dorticos WBSS Final Set For March 21st
The World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) season two final between final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos is finally set and scheduled for the March 21 at Arena Riga in Briedis’ hometown of Riga, Latvia, Tournament Brass as announced on Friday.
Dorticos (24-1, 22KOs), who was knocked out in the 12th round by Murat Gassiev in the Semi Final of season one, made it one step further to glory this season with a spectacular 10 round demolition of previously unbeaten Andrew Tabiti and with that won the IBF cruiserweight title which will be at stake for this fight.
The knockout win which ended The 2019 “Knockout Of The Year” winner brought Dorticos back into the championship picture, bouncing back from a rather disappointing end to his campaign back in 2018.
Number one seed Briedis (26-1, 19KOs), will be owning the home advantage for the second time in a row but the reason for the long delay was the issues surrounding his third round knockout victory over Krzysztof Glowacki.
Briedis and Glowacki got engaged in a serious slug fest that was marred by fouls and bad refereeing decisions. This resulted to the submission of two former appeals whose preceedings were based on the fact that the referee failed to penalize the fighters in the foul filled fight coupled with allowing the second round to last ten seconds beyond the required stopping time.
Robert Byrd’s bad refereeing decisions led to Kownacki landing on the canvas 10 seconds after the second round should have ended and that led to Briedis winning the WBO cruiserweight title but after the appeal, The WBO ordered an immediate Rematch which Briedis failed to comply and with that vacated the WBO Title.
“The conclusion of Season 2 of the WBSS is going to be nothing but spectacular,” said Kalle Sauerland, Chief Boxing Officer of the WBSS. “After two epic Ali Trophy finals – Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor and Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire – it’s time to crown the cruiserweight champion of the WBSS.
“As we have become accustomed, whoever raises the Muhammad Ali Trophy at the end will become the man to beat in the division. And as with the other finals, we are very proud to also have the historical Ring Magazine belt on the line in red hot Riga.”
The WBSS final will be streamed exclusively on DAZN as all other WBSS seasons and the winner will stand a chances of winning the prestigious Ali Trophy, which is named after the former Heavyweight ruler Mohammed Ali and apart from the WBO Title, a Ring Magazine champion will also be crowned and a recognition from the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board (TBRB)