Two World Boxing Super Series tournament semifinal fights are set and have been officially announced for April 27, with the card taking place in the United States, but a venue not yet finalized.
In the 140-pound tournament, Regis Prograis (23-0, 19 KO) will face WBA titleholder Kiryl Relikh (23-2, 19 KO), while in the 118-pound tournament, WBA titleholder Nonito Donaire (39-5, 25 KO) will take on WBO titleholder Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KO).
The card will stream live on DAZN.
Prograis got the the second round of the tournament with an Oct. 27 win over former lightweight titlist Terry Flanagan in New Orleans, while Relikh beat Eduard Troyanovsky on Oct. 7 in Yokohama.
“First off, I’m just excited to continue with the tournament,” said Prograis. “It’s the best fighting the best. That’s what boxing should be about. I know Relikh is a tough and strong fighter and I never look over an opponent, but I have no doubt in my mind that I will win.”
“I’m looking very much to the semifinal and the quest for the Ali Trophy,” said Relikh. “When I fight the fans will get their money’s worth. I predict just like all of my fights a win for me.”
Donaire returned to the bantamweight division for the first time since 2011 and upset Ryan Burnett on Nov. 3 in Glasgow, when Burnett was injured in the fourth round. Tete beat Mikhail Aloyan on Oct. 13 in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
“WBSS has set up such a great opportunity for me to achieve what I’ve always wanted and that’s to be undisputed champion,” said Donaire. “Since the last fight, I took just a couple weeks off and came right back to the gym. Tete is a formidable opponent and we have been preparing since the last fight. I’m even more excited with it being in the U.S. and won’t waste the opportunity to show the crowd what we’ve been working on.”
“Nonito Donaire is a true champion and has had a lot success against my fellow countrymen like Moruti Mthalane and Jeffrey Mathebula in the past, but that stops here,” said Tete. “I respect Nonito, but I have a lot of faith in my own boxing ability and I will come out victorious when we fight.”