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WBSS brings cruiserweight tournament back for second season

After a successful first season of cruiserweight action, why not rinse and repeat?

Oleksandr Usyk v Thabiso Mchunu Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The World Boxing Super Series has just formalized its plans to hold a third tournament this fall for its second season. In addition to the bantamweight and junior welterweight tournaments which have already been announced, WBSS organizer Kalle Sauerland has now confirmed that he’ll be bringing the cruiserweight division right back.

Of course Oleksandr Usyk won the first season’s cruiserweight tournament and unified all major world titles in doing so — so unless he’s back in the mix it’s unclear whether or not they’ll be any belts on the line in this tournament sequel.

“I paved the way for Oleksandr Usyk to write history and take home the first-ever Muhammad Ali Trophy,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland, the Comosa AG chief boxing officer. “The cruiserweight edition of the Ali Trophy gave the world spectacular matchups in the quarterfinals, fight of the year contenders in the semifinals and we witnessed Usyk as a pound-for-pound best with his amazing performance in the final. We are really looking forward to continuing the success of this exciting weight class in Season II. People can expect a very strong line-up (of fighters).”

The fighters who will participate in the upcoming cruiserweight tournament will be formally announced within the next few days but Sauerland says there will be some “remarkable” names returning from the first season along with the highest rated challengers.

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