The World Boxing Super Series continues tonight at 8 pm ET streaming live on DAZN, with two fights in the cruiserweight division coming to you from Chicago.
In the main event, season one standout Mairis Briedis (24-1, 18 KO) will take on Noel Mikaelian (23-1, 10 KO) in a 12-round bout with the vacant WBC “diamond” title up for grabs. Briedis gave Oleksandr Usyk his toughest battle to date as a professional in the WBSS season one semifinal, and is looking to do even better in season two.
Mikaelian, also known as Noel Gevor, is looking to score the upset. He was beaten in a split decision by Krzysztof Wlodarczyk back in May 2017, but has otherwise been perfect as a pro.
In the co-feature, former titleholder Krzysztof Glowacki (30-1, 19 KO) will meet Maksim Vlasov (42-2, 25 KO) for the interim WBO cruiserweight title.
The winners of these two fights will square off in a semifinal matchup, with Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti set for the other semifinal.
Wil Esco will be on the round-by-round call tonight. Join us!
- KRZYSZTOF GLOWACKI def. MAKSIM VLASOV by UD (118-110, 117-110, 115-112)
- MAIRIS BRIEDIS def. NOEL MIKAELIAN by UD (116-110, 115-111, 114-112)
ROUND BY ROUND
KRZYSZTOF GLOWACKI vs MAKSIM VLASOV
Round 1: Both fighters come out quick and get into an exchange. Glowacki catches Vlasov with a hard left hand that shakes him up badly! Vlasov manages to survive the moment but he needs to be careful. Glowacki lands two more clean hard left hands from his southpaw stance. Vlasov is still pressing forward despite having taken a few clean, hard shots and gets in a grazing right hand. Glowacki 10-9.
Round 2: Glowacki comes out with two jabs and goes for a left hand to the body. Vlasov returns the favor by looking to land one of his own and gets one in to the body. Jab to the head lands for Glowacki, who then looks to land a right hook downstairs. Left hook to the body lands for Glowacki on the inside. Vlasov walks right into another jab as he tries to pressure. Vlasov gets in two good shots once he gets Glowacki to the ropes. Hard left to the body lands again for Glowacki. Glowacki 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Glowacki pops a few jabs at center ring as Vlasov tries to move his head off center. Now Vlasov lands a lead right hand upstairs. Vlasov walks in again and beats Glowacki to the punch by landing a body shot. Glowacki lands a left hand to the body again as he times Vlasov’s movement. Hard right hook to the body lands for Glowacki. Vlasov goes down on an awkward exchange and it’s ruled a knockdown! Glowacki 10-8.
Round 4: Two hard body shots land for Glowacki who the tries to bring the hooks upstairs. Glowacki continues to go back to the jab with some good success. Vlasov doesn’t seem to mind the punches, though, as he continues to walk forward through Glowacki’s punches. Right hand from Vlasov grazes Glowacki, but Glowacki comes back with a few clean body punches. Vlasov lands a slapping right hand. I think Vlasov is making this a fun fight but I think he’s losing some close rounds. Glowacki 10-9, 40-35.
Round 5: Vlasov starts with a flurry of punches but they don’t have much weight behind them. Three more punches come from Vlasov and he lands a couple. Glowacki tries to turn the momentum with big hook but he can’t land it. Right hand to the body lands for Vlasov, followed by a right hand upstairs shortly after. Now Glowacki gets in a sweeping left hook to the head. I think Vlasov gets on the board in this round. Vlasov 10-9.
Round 6: Glowacki and Vlasov both throw punches to start but Glowacki gets in a straight left hand better. Vlasov lands two short punches on the inside and Glowacki pushes him back and throws two of his own. Hard left hand from Glowacki makes Vlasov tie up immediately. Well placed uppercut from Glowacki lands to the body. Both fighters exchange again but neither land anything too clean. Glowacki 10-9, 59-54.
Round 7: Vlasov lands a straight right hand to the body. Now Glowacki gets in a left hand to the body and head. Vlasov walks forward again with a right hand but then walks right into a big shot from Glowacki! Vlasov holds on! Two uppercuts come from Glowacki on the inside and hit the body. Vlasov tries to respond with a couple shots that partially land. Glowacki landed the single most notable punch of the round. Glowacki 10-9.
Round 8: Glowacki comes out pressuring in this round as Vlasov looks to box and move. Jab to the body lands for Glowacki. Vlasov is taking the opposite approach of what he’s been doing in this round, fighting off the back foot. Now Vlasov is standing his ground again and gets in a right hook to the chin during an exchange. Glowacki lands one straight right hand but misses on the second. Vlasov lands a right hand lead of his own. This is a fight I have wider on the scorecards than it is in the ring. Vlasov 10-9, 72-78.
Round 9: The fighters fall into several clinches that take up almost a full minute of the round. The referee warns both fighters that he’s going to start taking points if they keep holding. Right hand lead lands for Vlasov, Glowacki responds with a left to the body. Another right hand lead lands upstairs for Vlasov. Glowacki tries to dig two body shots that are partially blocked. The crowd cheers on Glowacki, who is the crowd favorite. I think Glowacki just edged it. Glowacki 10-9.
Round 10: Clean right jab lands hard for Glowacki. Left uppercut to the body lands again fro Glowacki, followed be a straight left hand downstairs. Glowacki tries to line up a big left hand to the head but can’t find the mark. Two right hands land clean for Vlasov to the head. Both fighters trade hooks and both take some damage! Two clean right hands land for Vlasov right before the bell. Vlasov 10-9, 91-97.
Round 11: Hard left hand lands for both fighters and Vlasov might’ve been a little hurt by the one landed on him! Right hand lead lands for Vlasov as he survives the moment. Glowacki is cut under his eye from an accidental head clash. The fighters try to slug it out again until they find themselves in another clinch. A little more sloppy action before the bell rings. Glowacki wins the round with the big shot. Glowacki 10-9.
Round 12: Two jabs land for Glowacki to open the round. The crowd start chanting “Glowacki!” The fighters end up in a clinch and break up only to fall fight back into another one. Vlasov has a huge knot on his forehead due to all the heads clanging together. Left hand to the body lands for Glowacki, who then tries to follow it up with a flurry to the body. Right hand lead lands for Vlasov, but he can’t manage to follow it up. Left hook to the body lands again for Glowacki. Glowacki 10-9. BLH scores it 117-109 for Glowacki.
MAIRIS BRIEDIS vs. NOEL MIKAELIAN
Round 1: Mikaelian comes out with a lot of feinting, trying to keep this fight at range. Briedis takes his time, cuts the ring ogg and lands a jab. Briedis throws three stiff jabs followed by a right hand. Mikaelian tries to sneak in an uppercut but it gets smothered. Briedis falls short on a one-two combination and the fighters end up in a clinch. Mikaelian lands a grazing punch but Briedis comes back and lands two clean shots. Another clean jab lands for Briedis at center ring. Briedis 10-9.
Round 2: Briedis stalks Mikaelian around the ring behind a strong jab. Mikaelian is making a very conscious effort to remain defensively responsible and it’s sort of impeding his offense. Now Mikaelian lands a left hand downstairs. Briedis walks into a Mikaelian left jab. Mikaelian jumps in with a right hand that lands pretty well. Hard jab lands for Briedis once he gets Mikaelian to the corner, but Mikaelian is able to find his way out. I edge this round to Mikaelian. Mikaelian 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Briedis steps in and lands a short right hand to the head. Hard jab to the body lands for Briedis this time. Mikaelian tries to poke the body with a couple jabs but they don’t have much power on them. Briedis misses on a punch and Mikaelian hits him behind the head. The referee warns Mikaelian for it. Another jab lands well for Briedis. I like Briedis in this one, mostly because of his strong jabs landing effectively. Briedis 10-9.
Round 4: Briedis lands a straight right hand to the body. Three jabs come from Briedis and they pierce Mikaelian’s guard. Mikaelian nearly lands a big right hand but it just misses. Mikaelian is using every inch of the ring and is just awkward enough to be giving Briedis some trouble with his rhythm. Mikaelian tries three left hands and then lands a clean one, he smiles at Briedis. Referee deducts a point from Mikaelian for hitting behind the head, a little bit of a tough call. I think Mikaelian outworked Briedis in this round. Mikaelian 9-9, 37-38.
Round 5: Briedis leads the round with a few jabs and Mikaelian starts moving laterally on the outside. Hard left jab lands for Briedis again, snapping Mikaelian’s head. This fight has been pretty sloppy with a lot of clinching and awkward exchanges, making it difficult to have any sustained action. Two more jabs come from Briedis and he lands them upstairs. Right hand from Briedis grazes the head of Mikaelian. Briedis 10-9.
Round 6: Briedis leads the action again with his jab to start the round. Mikaelian tries to jab to the body and the fighters end up in another clinch. Lead left hook lands for Briedis but Mikaelian answers with two hard shots that gets Briedis’ attention! Counter right hand lands for Mikaelian. Mikaelian is really disrupting Briedis, not giving him the kind of fight he wants. Two jabs to the body land for Mikaelian. Both fighters trade hooks now. Mikaelian goes downstairs with a hook to the body to end the round. Mikaelian 10-9, 56-57.
Round 7: Briedis doesn’t come out with a jab right away this time, seemingly a bit gun shy because of Mikaelian’s counters. Briedis lands a jab upstairs at center ring. Another clean left hand lands for Briedis as Mikaelian fails to throw punches for a stretch of time. Clean right hand from Mikaelian lands hard on Briedis’ chin! That one shot was more than enough to win the round for me. Mikaelian 10-9.
Round 8: Mikaelian tries an overhand right that Briedis catches on his guard. Both fighters fall into a couple more clinches as they try to get some offense off. Another overhand right come from Mikaelian and partially lands. Lead left hook to the body comes from Mikaelian, then a jab to the body. Briedis hasn’t been able to land a significant punch in some time. Mikaelian 10-9, 76-75.
Round 9: Briedis walks in to land something but walks into a Mikaelian right hand. Mikaelian throws a couple of one-two combinations that backs Briedis up. Briedis isn’t really working much and doesn’t seem to have any sense of urgency to change the landscape of this fight. Mikaelian flashes a couple jabs and then sweeps in a right hook to the body. Three body punches land clean for Mikaelian. Mikaelian 10-9.
Round 10: Mikaelian has a big cut over his right eye courtesy of an accidential head clash in the last round — indicative of how sloppy a lot of this fight has been. Mikaelian goes to the body with a couple jabs. Now Mikaelian lands a clean jab. And out of nowhere Briedis has a point deducted for holding Mikaelian’s head down. Clean jab upstairs lands for Mikaelian. Two body punches come from Mikaelian and find their target. Mikaelian 10-8, 96-92.
Round 11: Biedis comes out with an aggressive posture but still isn’t letting his hands go. Mikaelian circles the coutside of the ring and as Briedis comes in for an attack the fighters wind up in a clinch. Jab lands for Mikaelian at center ring, and then Mikaelian tries to follow it up with a one-one-two. Briedis catches Mikaelian with a head butt and Briedis tries to capitalize by jumping on Mikaelian as he looked to the referee. Mikaelian 10-9.
Round 12: Both fighters come in and try to trade but end up tied up with one another. Briedis is finally starting to show some urgency but get can’t land anything clean. Briedis lands a right hook on the inside but Mikaelian gets in a straight right hand just after. Both fighters are missing on most of their punches in this round and ending up in clinch after clinch. Briedis lands two shots upstairs during the clinch. Briedis 10-9, but it’s not enough. I’ve got it scored for Mikaelian, 115-111.