Season Two of the World Boxing Super Series has had a rough go of things the past few months, with the three tournaments teetering on the brink of cancellation, but it looks as though we’re through the worst of it. The Ring’s Mike Coppinger, who broke the news of the initial “turmoil,” reports that the semifinals will likely begin on May 11th or 18th in Glasgow with a super lightweight doubleheader.
Headlining A-side Josh Taylor (14-0, 12 KO) dominated unbeaten Ryan Martin in November, stopping him in seven to the delight of the Glasgow faithful. He faces Ivan Baranchyk (19-0, 12 KO), who did terrible things to Anthony Yigit’s eye in New Orleans one week prior.
On the opposite side of the bracket is Regis Prograis (23-0, 19 KO) against fellow slugger Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KO). Both won unanimous decisions in the quarterfinals, Prograis a one-sided defeat of Terry Flanagan and Relikh a competitive victory over Eduard Troyanovsky.
The bantamweight and cruiserweight semis will similarly get their own doubleheader shows. Those fights, copy-pasted from Scott’s article up there because I’m lazy:
- Bantamweight: Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez and Nonito Donaire vs Zolani Tete
- Cruiserweight: Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki and Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti