Two out of three ain’t bad, I guess.
Despite facing a lawsuit over its handling of the super lightweight final, the World Boxing Super Series is soldiering on. In addition to the November 7th bantamweight finale in Tokyo, ESPN reports that the cruiserweight final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos is “penciled in” for December 14th in Briedis’ native Riga, Latvia.
With this fight, Briedis (26-1, 19 KO) will have had home field advantage in four of his five WBSS appearances. The first two were free of controversy; the judges turned in reasonable scores for his narrow victory over Mike Perez and competitive defeat against Oleksandr Usyk in Season One. Things went a little pear-shaped the third time, though; after a questionable decision over Noel Gevor in Chicago to open Season Two, Briedis took on Krzysztof Glowacki in a dirty, gritty affair “highlighted” by an all-time bad reffing performance from Robert Byrd.
Briedis ultimately stopped Glowacki in three, and though the WBO and WBSS ordered that whoever wins this final face Glowacki within 120 days, he now gets a chance at gold against Dorticos (24-1, 22 KO). “The KO Doctor,” who also came up short in the semifinals last time around, had to go the distance for the first time since 2014 against veteran Mateusz Masternak in the opening round but returned to his finishing ways with a brutal one-punch finish of Andrew Tabiti on that same Riga card.
I can’t see this being anything but brutal. Here’s hoping it actually happens.