Mairis Briedis isn’t taking any thing lightly ahead of his IBF and Ring Magazine Cruiserweight title defence German challenger Artur Mann (17-1, 9 KOs), which comes up on the 16thbif October at the Arena Riga.
Briedis (27-1, 19 KOs) makes his first appearance since outing Latvia on the map with a spectacular performance formance against Yuniel Dorticos in the final of the World Boxing Super Series. He relishes the return of the fans as he was forced to fight behind closed doors in his last outing
“I’m very happy to be able to have my people behind me again,” says Briedis. “I know there will be people from all over Latvia coming to support me and to enjoy another exciting night of boxing from the stands at Arena Riga.”
Briedis is a force to recon with in the 200 pound division, having won the IBF, WBO, WBC and Ring Magazine in his different tenures of as a World Champion since first winning a World Title in 2017.
Breidis is a patriotic Citizen and draws his motivation from the Latvian Flag being raised and will make everything possible to make that happen when he takes on Mann on Saturday.
“I have never overlooked any of my opponents,” he says. “My experience from my younger days has proven this doesn’t end well. I always remember it up to this day and I have the utmost respect for every opponent. This is boxing and Mann is not an easy opponent. My team has done the homework of analyzing him and we know he’s not an easy guy to face.”
There are speculations of Breidis facing British WBO cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okoli next or Move up in weight for an anticipated match up with unified Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk.