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Avni Yildrim, Rob Brant, and Mike Perez join WBSS

The cruiserweight field is officially set.

Boxing at SSE Arena Belfast Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

As expected, the World Boxing Super Series tournament at both cruiserweight and super middleweight is rounding out nicely. Today it was officially announced that “Irish” Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs) would fill the last remaining slot in the cruiserweight category, making its participating field look a little something like this:

  • Oleksandr Usyk
  • Mairis Briedis
  • Murat Gassiev
  • Yunier Dorticos
  • Marco Huck
  • Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
  • Dmitry Kudryashov
  • Mike Perez

In the super middleweight division, two other names have officially entered the fray — Avni Yildrim (16-0, 10 KOs) and Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs), both of whom were expected to participate. The super middleweight field now consists of:

  • Callum Smith
  • George Groves
  • Juergen Braehmer
  • Erik Skoglund
  • Jamie Cox
  • Avni Yildrim
  • Rob Brant

Promoter Kalle Sauerland says the final participant in the super middleweight tourney will be announced tomorrow morning - with some expecting it to be the eventual winner between Chris Eubank Jr. and Arthur Abraham.

The opening quarterfinal matches in both tournaments are slated to begin this September/October.

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