The final for the World Boxing Super Series in the cruiserweight division is now set. Mairis Briedis (26-1, 19 KOs) and Yuniel Dorticos (24-1, 22 KOs) will duke it out on Saturday, March 21st in the Riga Arena in Latvia.
Briedis and Dorticos will be fighting for the Ali Trophy which goes to the winner of the World Boxing Super Series and the IBF cruiserweight title. That title was won by Dorticos when he defeated Andrew Tabiti by knockout in the semifinals last June. He will make the first defense of the title against Briedis, who got to the WBSS final with a win over Krzysztof Glowacki on the same card that Dorticos defeated Tabiti. After the announcement was made, both fighters were eager to get the fight going.
“I’m really looking forward to the final,” said Briedis, who is the tournament’s No. 1 seed. “It is fantastic for Latvia to be able to host an event of such magnitude. Millions and millions of eyes worldwide will be watching what’s happening at the Arena Riga on fight night.”
“It is going to be a thrilling fight as I’m facing one of the very best cruiserweights on the planet. The stake is so high and both of us are only looking for one thing – to win it all!”
Dorticos is confident that he is the better man and wants to prove it in March.
“You better prepare yourself for war,” said Dorticos, the IBF World champion and the tournament’s No. 2 seed. “Let’s give all the fans around the world a spectacular all time classic. Come fight night you will know why I’m called the ‘KO Doctor’. The Muhammad Ali trophy has my name engraved already!”
Both Briedis and Dorticos want to win this final, as they were unsuccessful in the first World Boxing Super Series tournament. Dorticos lost to Murat Gassiev in the semifinal of that tournament, and Briedis lost to eventual winner Oleksandr Usyk in the other semifinal. Not only does the winner of this fight get the Ali Trophy and the IBF cruiserweight title, they will be recognized as the lineal champion by Ring Magazine. Kalle Sauerland, who is the Chief Boxing Officer of the WBSS, is looking forward to this event bringing lots of action.
“The conclusion of Season 2 of the WBSS is going to be nothing but spectacular,” said Sauerland. “After two epic Ali Trophy finals – Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor and Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire – it’s time to crown the cruiserweight champion of the WBSS.”