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World Boxing Super Series picks its participating divisions

Richard Schaefer’s ambitious new tournament will feature fighters at cruiserweight and super middleweight.

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Back in March promoter Richard Schaefer announced a new tournament he was putting together a new boxing tournament alongside fellow promoter Kalle Sauerland, dubbed “World Boxing Super Series.” At the time plans were laid for the tournament to have $50M in prize money for the participants, but the weight classes participating in the tournament had yet to be decided.

Now those details have been settled and RingTV reports that the tournament will feature fighters from both super middleweight and cruiserweight, who will participate in a knockout tournament format.

“The cruiserweights and super middleweights have time and time again thrown up thrilling contests, but nobody has ever pitted the top fighters against each other in a fan-friendly, easy-to-understand way within a short period of time,” said Schaefer.

“Our revolutionary KO tournament will take less than a year and deliver the crème de la crème in these weights with a blend of past, present and future from the world’s finest fighters.”

The tournament is anticipated to begin this September with four quarter-final fights in both divisions. The next stage, the semi-finals, are expected to take place in early 2018 with the finals to be held in May 2018.

It’s been a while since we’ve last had a boxing tournament, but this one might be much easier to manage than the Super Six as it’ll be a much shorter single elimination format - which should alleviate some potential for delays, injuries, and the like.

Which fighters in the respective divisions would you most like to see take part in this tourney?

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