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Golovkin Vs. Alvarez Official for September 16th- Why Now and Not Sooner?

The showdown between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fans have asked for and both men claimed they have wanted is now official. They will meet on September 16th in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena for Golovkins WBA Super, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles. Yet despite, being excited as is everyone in boxing with the contest finalized.  I can’t help but wonder “Why now and not when both men were middleweight champions?” Is it because Golovkin appeared vulnerable in his last two outings? Is it because Canelo and Golden boy after the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr bout can no longer convince the public he is not a middleweight?

Is it because they fear Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor might actually happen? If it did, Golden Boy Promotions and  Oscar de la Hoya in particular know Canelo would lose his status as boxing’s biggest Pay-per view draw instantly. A disaster of that magnitude would  send the companies upper offices into a state of depression they might never recover from.

Whatever the reason, this fight should highlight 2017 and bar Mayweather versus McGregor taking place, more than likely be the highest selling Pay-Per View since Floyd Mayweather faced Manny Pacquiao. With any luck, now that the “Marinating” process is over and fight official, the second most anticipated pay-per view of ths era delivers inside the ring what Mayweather versus Pacquiao didn’t.

 

 

BROADWAY BOXING RESULTS FROM FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO

MASHANTUCKET, CT (June 4, 2017) – The amazing comeback of Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard continued last night as the popular Connecticut lightweight stopped Fatiou Fassinou in the Broadway Boxing headliner held in Fox Theater, at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT.

 Remillard, 30, was the No. 2-ranked featherweight in the world in 2011, when he lost to future world champion Mikey Garcia (LRTD11).  Fighting out of Manchester, CT, tonight’s fight was Remillard’s first in his home state in six-and-a-half years, due to him serving a five-year prison sentence. He returned to the ring this past April, taking an eight-round decision from Agustine Mauras, in Worcester, MA.

 In the opening round, Remillard (25-1, 14 KOs) and the slick Benin-native, former WBC International Silver champion Fassinou (27-6-3, 14 KOs) got to know each other as both fighters were cautious. Remillard opened up in the second round, using his left to the body, dropping Fassinou in his corner during the final seconds. Remillard pressed the action in the third, peppering Fassinou around the ring in his familiar punishing style, putting Fassinou in his “Sharp Shooter” sights for target practice in the fourth. Fassinou failed to answer the bell for the fifth round. 

 “Against a southpaw, the left hook to the liver is there, a punch I’m known for,” Remillard commented after the fight. “He was a little sloppier than I expected. I felt good; I’m 24/7 in the gym. Maybe I’ll have one more fight this year to get in some rounds, and then get ready for a big 2018. I want a rematch with Garcia, at 135 or 140 pounds, 100-percent. He owes me a rematch. The guy he beat wasn’t me.”

In the co-feature, two New York City-based heavyweights, 6’5″ Russian Ruslan Shamalov (4-1, 3 KOs) and Dominican “Gentleman” George Arias (7-0, 3 KOs), fighting out of Brooklyn and the Bronx, respectively, put their undefeated records on the line. Shamalov’s power punches rocked the much shorter 5’11” Arias in the first round, but Arias stayed off the ropes and boxed much better in the second. The two fighters exchanged bombs throughout a terrific third round and, somehow, the fourth was even better with back-and-forth, non-stop action. The pace subsided slightly in the fifth round, setting the stage for a bombs-away sixth and final frame that didn’t disappoint. Shamalov and Arias fought a furious pace, especially for heavyweights, in a legitimate six-round “Fight of the Year” candidate. Arias, the leader of Team Wash Em’ Up in the Bronx, won a six-round unanimous decision by scores of 60-54, 59-55, and 58-56.

“This win was humungous for me,” said an overjoyed Arias, after his first six-round fight. “I had a game plan, but once he hurt me in the first round, my heart took over and I just fought. I like to fight for the people, so I held on in the first instead of taking a knee.”

Crowd favorite “Marvelous” Mykquan Williams (7-0, 4 KOs) gave himself an early high school graduation present as the East Hartford fighter defeated Nicaraguan welterweight Ariel “La Guerra” Vasquez (13-18-2, 9 KOs) in the former’s first six-round bout. The 19-year-old Williams, a five-time national amateur champion, is a budding star with tremendous upside. Poised beyond his years, Williams controlled the pace against his battle-tested southpaw opponent, who is 11 years Williams’ senior, displaying his vast arsenal of punches, especially his left-right combination that landed consistently.  Williams’ fast hands exploded for the first time at the end of the second round, then he picked up his assault in the third, as he cruised to a six-round shutout decision, with with three tallies of 60-54. Williams graduates on June 20 from Prince Tech. “That was a good graduation present,” Williams said. “My hand speed played a big factor. He was a tough guy, especially for my first six-rounder.”

 Jennifer “The Bolivian Queen” Salinas (20-4, 5 KOs) defeated Marquita Lee (3-5) by way of a hard-fought six-round unanimous decision.  Salinas, fighting out of Providence, was the aggressor throughout, but Lee never took a backward step. Scorecards 59-55 twice, and 58-56, all for Salinas.

 
Fighting a much more experienced and taller opponent from Africa, promising Lynn, MA prospect Khiry “TNT” Todd (5-0, 5 KOs) won his fifth pro fight, all by knockout. A 2016 New England Golden Gloves champion, Todd gained invaluable experience against cagey super welterweight Nicolas Sarouna (12-9-1, 9 KOs), of Togo, who took a knee after getting hit by a sneaky uppercut in the third round. Sarouna failed to beat the 10-count as Todd improved his perfect record, with a TKO stoppage at the 1:32 mark. 

 

Unbeaten Russian middleweight prospect Radzhab “The Python” Butaev (6-0, 4 KOs) was too much for Mexican Abraham “The Swift” Alvarez (20-11-1, 11 KOs). Butaev dropped Alvarez early with a vicious left hook, from which Alvarez never fully recovered. A brutal right to the liver put the Mexican on mat once again, in obvious pain, as referee Joey Lupino immediately waved off the fight at 1:05 of round one.

 Cuban cruiserweight Luis “El Leon” Garcia (15-0, 12 KOs) kept his perfect pro record intact with a first-round knockout of his outclassed Mexican opponent Felipe Romero (19-14-1, 13 KOs), fighting out of San Diego. Now living in Peekskill, NY, Garcia dropped Romero with an overhand right in the opening seconds and he never let up, consistently hurting Romero with a series of devastating rights. Garcia closed the show with a powerhouse uppercut, leading referee Johnny Callas to halt the action at the 1:48 mark.

 Three-time Puerto Rican National Boxing team member Jose Roman (4-0, 3 KOs) went the distance for the first time against a game William Hill (2-3), of Detroit. The skilled Puerto Rican super welterweight applied pressure from the opening bell, using a fierce body attack on Hill, who was trapped on the ropes for most of the fight. The judges tallied 40-36 twice, and 39-37, all for Roman via unanimous decision.

Gavronski defeats Rankin in main event of Battle at the Boat 111

TACOMA, Wash. – Battle at the Boat held its 20th anniversary show on Saturday and Mike Gavronski celebrated by picking up his 10th career victory at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. Gavronski defeated Quinton Rankin by unanimous decision in the 10-round light heavyweight main event of Battle at the Boat 111.Gavronski appeared as the 96-94, 97-93, 97-94 winner on the judge’s scorecard to improve his record to 23-2-1 with 14 KOs. Rankin fell to 12-4-2 with the loss.

Welterweight Andres Reyes continued to showcase his new-found punching power by knocking out Will Hughes in the first round (1:59) of their scheduled six-round semi-main event. Reyes (7-2-1, 2 KOs) needed nine fights before producing his first ever KO. The second one didn’t take nearly as long as Reyes floored Hughes with a right cross. Hughes was able to get to his feet rather quickly, but stumbled to regain his balance leading to the referee waving off the bout.

Undefeated Richard Vansiclen improved his record to 4-0 with his second-round knock out of Justin Milani. Vansiclen successfully connected on a barrage of punches while Milani was in the corner before ending the cruiserweight contest with a left 1:53 into the round. Super welterweight Kevin Torres (2-0-1, 2 KOs) made quick work of opponent Jesse Barich (0-2) by registering a TKO just 94 seconds into the contest.Jacob Ikaika Martin opened the card by scoring a victory in his pro debut, winning his 164-pound bout against Eric Cronkhite by unanimous decision (39-37, 40-36, 40-36). Seattle super lightweight Shae Green also won his career debut by unanimous decision, defeating Niko McFarland (39-37, 40-36, 39-37).

 

Stevenson stops Fonfara in two- Just one number more than those impressed!!

Saturday night on Showtime, at the Bell Centre Montreal, Quebec, Canada, GYM Promotions hosted the WBC light heavyweight world title rematch between Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara. The pair had first met in 2014 and after an entertaining bout Stevenson was awarded the decision by scores of 115-110 twice and 116-109. Since then Stevenson has defended his title against, Dmitry Sukhotskiy, Sakio Bika,Tommy Karpency and most recently Thomas Williams Jr. Of those only one, former super middleweight Sakio Bika had previously proven capable to compete on a championship level and coincidentally go the distance, the rest were dispatched in five rounds or less.

As for Fonfara, since their first meeting has went 4-1, scoring decision wins over  Doudou Ngumbu and Nathan Cleverly. In late round stoppages, defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Chad Dawson. His lone loss in that series, a brutal first round stoppage at the hands of Joe Smith Jr. In what seems logical, considering Stevens recent opponent list, Fonfara’s brutal KO suffered against Smith Jr, Andre  Ward and Sergey Kovalev occupying one another’s schedule, shouldn’t Smith Jr or another universally ranked top five light heavyweight had been facing Stevenson? In boxing though what seems logical, one way or another never takes place.

The bout started with Fonfara circling, Stevenson landing a quick body shot that drops him for an eight count. After getting up, Fonfara misses a right hook and is driven to the corner under a barrage of punches before the bell sounds saving him. When the second round begins, a still dazed Fonfara circles, throws a few half hearted punches with little success, takes a combination that sends him reeling and Virgil Hunter jumps on the apron waving the towel. In twenty eight seconds of round two the contest is over. As a reward, fans in the crowd were treated to Stevenson, looking more like a “Court Jester” than “King” as he paraded wearing a crown. Those watching on TV, listened to Stevenson brag about being the best 175lb fighter in boxing and Al Haymon being thanked no less than five times. Adonis Stevenson improved to 29-1 (24), Andrzej Fonfara drops to 29-5 (17).

This was boxing’s best to offer as a “Lineal Light Heavyweight Championship” contest?

The co-feature between undefeated Eleider Alvarez and former champion Jean Pascal, for the mandatory WBC challenger position was a semi-entertaining affair. In vintage Jean Pascal fashion, he delivered very little in terms of punch output, releasing occasional offensive burst that excited fans and stole rounds. The jab of Alvarez, controlled the tempo and pace, building up what appeared to be a large points margin. When official scores were read, Judges despite Alvarez controlling three quarters of the contest, seen it 114-114, 118-110 and 115-113 a majority decision in favor of Alvarez. With the win and now mandatory WBC 175lb title challenger, Eleider Alvarez improved to 23-0 (11), Jean Pascal now stands at 31-5-1 (18).

In Undercard action-

Super Welterweight  Mikael Zewski 28-1 (21) def. Fernando Silva 15-11-3 (6) via UD 8.
Official scores read 80-71 on all three cards.

Super Middleweight Dario Bredicean 14-0 (4) def. Manuel Garcia  15-14-2 (6) via UD 8.
Official scores read 80-72 on all three cards.

Middleweight- Christian Mbilli 4-0 (4) def.Cesar Ugarte 4-2 (2) via TKO 2

Alexis Rocha and Niko Valdes remain undefeated after wins at “LA Fight Club” June second.

Friday night from the Belasco Theater, Los Angeles California on Estrella TV, Golden Boy promotions presented an installment of their boxing series  “LA Fight Club”. In the main event, undefeated welterweights Cesar Valenzuela out of Mexico and 19yr old Alexis Rocha out of Santa Ana California traded shots for eight rounds. This was the toughest test of Rocha’s fourteen month career and first time he had gone past four rounds or faced an undefeated opponent.

The cleaner, harder shots and combination punching of Rocha would impress the judges who scored it 80-72 on all three cards. Alexis Rocha improved to 8-0 (5), Cesar Valenzuela after his first career defeat stands at 7-1 (2).

Super Middleweight prospect, 23yr old Niko Valdes sent his opponent Ernesto Berrospe packing, in under two rounds. In the first round, Berrospe was cut from an accidental head-butt and almost finished from a Valdez barrage before being saved by the bell. The assault continued in round two, Berrospe was sent to the canvas and bout halted moments later. Niko Valdes improved to 5-0 (5), Ernesto Berrospe now stands at 11-11 (6).

Hard hitting Featherweight veterans, Azat Hovhannisyan and Isao Gonzalo Carranza, considering both men possess one punch knockout power surprisingly went the eight round distance. While Hovhannisyan would prevail, Carranza cut over his left eye from an accidental head-butt, made him earn the win coming  forward over eight action packed rounds. The official scores read 80-72 on all three judges cards, Azat Hovhannisyan improved to 12-2 (10) Isao Gonzalo Carranza now stands at 15-9-1 (9).

On the Undercard

In a Super Featherweight bout, 23yr old Tenochtitlan Nava scored a unanimous decision victory over Cristian Renteria. At the end of six rounds scorecards read 60-54 59-55 and 58-56 for Nava who improved to 6-0 (1), Cristian Renteria now stands at 7-5 (6).

In a lightweight bout, 22yr Jousce Gonzalez needed under a round to halt Daniel Bastien. It would be the fifth career victory and knockout for Gonzalez who made his debut in April of 2016. Jousce Gonzalez improved to 5-0 (5),  Daniel Bastien now stands at4-6 (1) via KO 1.

 

Weights from Tacoma – Battle at the Boat 111

Official weights for Halquist Productions, “Battle at the Boat 111” at the Emerald Queens Casino, Tacoma Washington.

Main Event and Co-Feature

Light HeavyweightsMike Gavronski (171.5) vs. Quinton Rankin (173)

Welterweight ContestAndres Reyes (147) vs. Will Hughes (144.5)

Undercard Bouts

Light HeavyweightsRichard Vansiclen (177) vs. Justin Milani (176.5)

Super MiddleweightsJacob Ikaika Martin (163) vs. Erik Cronkhite (162)

Super WelterweightsJesse Barich (152) vs. Kevin Torres (152)

Super LightweightsNiko McFarland (139.5) vs. Shae Green (140)

 

Broadway Boxing weights from Foxwoods

MASHANTUCKET, CT (June 2, 2017) – All the boxers made weight today for tomorrow’s (Sat., June 3)
Broadway Boxing event to be held in Fox Theater, at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT,

The popular Broadway Boxing series is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and
presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House,
will showcase some of New England’s top fighters.

Main Event – Lightweights — (8)
Matt Remillard (24-1, 13 KOs), Manchester, CT 135 lbs.
Fatiou Fassinou (27-5-3, 14 KOs), Cotonou, Benin 133 lbs.

Female Super Lightweights (6)
(L) Jennifer Salinas (19-4, 5 KOs), Providence, RI 135 lbs.
(R) Marquita Lee (3-4), Novato, CA 132 lbs.

Heavyweights (6)
Ruslan Shamalov (4-0, 3 KOs), Brooklyn, NY by way of Russia 233 lbs.
George Arias (6-0, 3 KOs), Bronx, NY by way of Dominican Republic 230 lbs

Welterweights (6)
Myquan Williams (6-0, 4 KOs), East Hartford, CT 146 lbs.
Ariel Vasquez (13-17-2, 9 KOs), Managua, Nicaragua 147 lbs

Super Welterweights (4)
Khiry Todd (4-0, 4 KOs), Lynn, MA 149 lbs.
Nicolas Sarouna (12-8-1, 9 KOs), Lome, Togo 148 lbs.

Middleweights (8)
Radzhab Butaev (5-0, 4 KOs), Brooklyn, NY by way of Russia 153 lbs.
Abraham Alvarez (20-10-1, 11 KOs), El Rosario, Mexico 159 lbs.

Cruiserweights (6)
(L) Luis Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs), Peekskill, NY by way of Cuba 194 lbs.
(R) Felipe Romero (19-13-1, 13 KOs), San Diego, CA by way of Mexico 195 lbs.

Super Welterweights (4)
Jose Roman (3-0, 3 KOs), Bayamon, Puerto Rico 149 lbs.
William Hill (2-2), Detroit, MI 148 lbs.

MATT REMILLARD TOPS DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT’S BROADWAY BOXING JUNE 3, AT FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO,

MASHANTUCKET, NY (June 2, 2017) – The next installment of the popular DiBella Entertainment-promoted Broadway Boxing series, scheduled for tomorrow night (June 3) in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, will have a special meaning for three Connecticut-based participants: comebacking lightweight Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard, rising welterweight prospect Mykquan Williams, and their head trainer Paul Cichon.

 

The Broadway Boxing series is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House. The June 3rd card will feature some of New England’s best fighters. Remillard is matched against former WBC International Silver super bantamweight champion Fatiou Fassinou (27-5-3, 14 KOs), of Benin, in an eight-round lightweight match that has been elevated to the card’s main event with the cancellation of the Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent vs. Jerri “Fists of Fury” Stitzes fight.
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The 30-year-oldRemillard (24-1, 13 KOs), of Manchester, CT, and East Hartford’s 19-year-old Williams (6-0, 4 KOs) have taken much different routes to get where they’re currently at in their respective lives. Both train out of Manchester (CT) ROCS (Ring of Champions Society) boxing gym, which Cichon owns and operates.
 
Remillard is a former WBC Youth, WBC-USNBC, NABF and NABO featherweight champion, whose lone pro loss was in March 2011 to undefeated rising star Mikey Garcia, the reigning WBC world lightweight champion. Remillard was inactive after that fight due to serving a five-year prison sentence.
 
Williams’ father was murdered when Mykquan, who will graduate from high school soon after Saturday’s fight, was just a week old, and 10 years later his house was burned to the ground.
 
Remillard and Williams fought on the same card in Worcester, MA, on April 1, with Matt taking an eight-round unanimous decision against Augustine Mauras, who recently took 2012 Olympic gold medalist Faziddin Gaibnazorov the complete eight-round distance in a loss by decision, while Williams stopped Mexican Israel Rojas in the opening round.
 
The common denominator for Remillard and Williams is Cichon, who is one of the best and most respected boxing trainers in New England, despite him not having any boxing background to speak of when he first started working corners.
 
“I know they fought together in Worcester,” Cichon explained, “but this is going to be special because Matt will be fighting in his home state for the first time in six years, and Mykey competes in his first six-round fight. I’m in the best place of my life right now. I had a horrible childhood and when I grew into a man, instead of being bitter, I decided to try to help kids so they wouldn’t grow up like me. I’m not getting rich off Matt, Mykey or my gym, but I’m glad I’m doing what I am for these kids. I didn’t know anything about this game when I started but I helped Matt get to No. 2 in the world and Mykey is a five-time national champion. I’m extremely proud of that, especially having no boxing background. I tried boxing in the Golden Gloves for a year, but went back to the streets. I studied hard and was a quick learner from guys like Johnny Duke.
 
“Matt came to my gym for the first time when he was 13. I wouldn’t let him do anything except sweep the floor and clean out the spit buckets for the first three weeks, until he finally said, ‘please’. (Retired boxer) Addy Irizarry brought Mykey to my gym when he was seven years old. At 11, he was carrying Matt’s belts into the ring for his fights. They have a big brother/little brother relationship growing now. During sparring sessions, Mykey is faster and sharper, but Matt’s more experienced and that’s making Mykey better. Mykey was as pleased as I was to have Matt back at ROCS. They’re different, personality-wise, but good people. Matt is more reserved and Mykey’s an extrovert.”
 
“Paul’s like a second father to me,” Remillard said. “We’ve been through thick and thin together. He was there through the worst time in my life. We’re best friends; he’d never stab me in the back and it’s good to have him in my corner.
 
“It’s getting to be like a brotherly relationship between Mykey and me. We’re still getting to know one another and the vibes in the gym have been getting stronger. I was away and it was like his gym when I came back, but he welcomed me with open arms. I try to help him out in the gym and guide him with my experience. We’re family at ROCS.
 
“I’m excited about this event. Foxwoods is an awesome venue to have a fight. I’ve always been comfortable fighting there. I’m blessed that DiBella Entertainment is giving me this opportunity to showcase my talents on such a tremendous card.”
 
Stepping up to six rounds for the first time in his young career, Williams will square off with Nicaraguan welterweight Ariel Vasquez (12-17-2, 9 KOs).
 
“Paul is a father figure to me as well,” said Williams. “He helps me a lot, in and out of the ring. My Aunt Addy introduced me to him. I met him 11 years ago and our bond has kept getting stronger. I wasn’t looking for a father figure, it just happened.
 
“I met Matt when I was 11, but we didn’t have a relationship back then. I was so young and quiet, while he was a pro boxer. There was no connection other than me carrying his belts into the ring. We’re both older now and I understand boxing much better. Since he came back, we have developed a good relationship. Matt has a lot more experience, he gives me advice and I learn from him. As soon as Paul asked me if I was okay with Matt coming back to our gym, I said yes because I knew that it would be good for both of us.
 
“This event on Saturday is going to be special for me and Matt. He’ll be fighting at home after a long layoff, and I’m excited to be in my first six-rounder. When we first met, he was a pro boxer and I was seven years old and didn’t know anything. Now, we’re fighting on the same card at home. It’s crazy!”
 
Other top New Englanders in action includes Lynn, MA welterweight prospect Khiry “TNT” Todd (4-0, 4 KOs), a 2016 New England Golden Gloves champion, who takes on battle-tested Togo fighter Nicolas Sarouna (12-8-1, 9 KOs) in a four-round match, in addition to Providence lightweight Jennifer “The Bolivian Queen” Salinas (19-4, 5 KOs) against Marquita Lee (3-4), of Novato, CA. Salinas, who recently challenged for the IBF female super featherweight world championship, is a former UBF world super featherweight champion.
 
In the six-round co-featured bout, unbeaten New York-based heavyweights will collide in their toughest tests to date as Russian Ruslan Shamalov (4-0, 3 KOs) faces George Arias (6-0, 3 KOs).
 
Russian amateur prodigy Radzhab “The Python” Butaev (5-0, 4 KOs), co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. and managed by Vadim Kornilov, will be showcased against Mexico’s Abraham Alvarez (22-10-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-round bout.
 
Decorated Cuban amateur Luis “El Leon” Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs), fighting out of Peekskill, NY, will meet veteran Mexican cruiserweight Felipe “El Indio” Romero (19-13-1, 13 KOs), fighting out of San Diego, in a six-round clash. Garcia is a former world junior championship gold medalist, while Romero was a WBC FECOMBOX cruiserweight and super middleweight champion.
 
In his US debut, Puerto Rican welterweight Jose Roman (3-0, 3 KOs) will take on William Hill (2-2), of Detroit, in a four-round welterweight fight. Roman was a three-time member of the Dominican Republic National boxing team.

Quest for Muhammad Ali Trophy begins as three cruiserweight stars sign up for World Boxing Super Series

The first three star names have signed up for the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series. IBF Cruiserweight World Champion Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs) as well as former IBF / WBC champion & IBF top-ranked challenger Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs) will all participate in the revolutionary global knock-out tournament, with five more elite fighters to be confirmed shortly. The winner will receive the GREATEST prize in boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Boasting a combined record of 99 wins and 3 losses along with 72 KOs, Gassiev, Briedis and Wlodarczyk can´t wait to get in on and write history.

“It is an honor to be in the World Boxing Super Series,“ said Gassiev, who holds the IBF title. “This is the best fighting the best. I have never lost a fight, I am the IBF champion and I look forward to winning the other belts as well to cement my position as the best fighter in the division!“

WBC Champion Briedis is also thrilled to participate. “This is the Champions League of boxing and I am going to prove that I am the world´s best cruiserweight,” he said. “The competition will be tough, but to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

Wlodarczyk, the former IBF & WBC Champion who now occupies the number one spot in the IBF rankings, is equally confident of success. “I will stamp my authority on the division by beating the best cruiserweights out there and winning the World Boxing Super Series,” he stated. “There is a reason the winner gets the Muhammad Ali Trophy. He was the Greatest of all time, and the winner of this tournament has the right to call himself the greatest cruiserweight of our time.”

Saturday will mark the first anniversary of Muhammad Ali´s death. Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa´s Head of Management Board, paid tribute to the GREATEST of all time. “Nobody will ever forget what Ali has achieved,” he said. “He was the GREATEST of all time because he defeated the best opponents out there. The World Boxing Super Series is all about the best fighting the best, and that is why we named the trophy after him.”

With three high-profile signings confirmed and many more to come, the stage is set for an exciting tournament. “The quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy has officially begun and we are thrilled to welcome two unbeaten world champions and a top-ranked challenger, who is a former champion, to the World Boxing Super Series,” Dalmiglio said. “They have accepted the ultimate challenge to determine the best cruiserweight in the world.”

Season 1 of the World Boxing Super Series will feature the cruiserweights and super-middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight top fighters will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament. There will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), which makes for a total of 14 high-class fights. “We have received a massive amount of applications for both divisions,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa`s Chief Boxing Officer. “The best fighters are lining up to be in the tournament. Just like the fans, they love the format and the fact that there will only be one man standing at the end.”

Richard Schaefer, Comosa`s Chairman of the Americas, added: “We promised you the biggest names and champions in the divisions and here we are delivering. More names will follow shortly. We simply can’t wait to get the action started!”

The quarter-final pairings will be determined during the Draft Gala in Monaco in early July. In each weight class, the four top-seeded boxers (which will be determined by the Comosa Board) will select their quarter-final opponents from the four unseeded boxers. Once the pairings are set, the exact fight dates and venues will be announced.

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